Bike Parades to Highlight Fourth of July Fun

Ocean City’s Fourth of July Weekend celebration will include two bike parades at opposite ends of the island. 

Everybody is invited to participate, and thousands usually do. Both parades encourage riders to dress themselves and their bicycles in the spirit of the holiday. The events are free and no advance registration is required.

The South Ocean City Improvement Association parade had not been scheduled for this year, but a group of local citizens, the Chamber of Commerce and the city will bring it back. It will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3 with registration starting at 9 a.m. in the Our Lady of Good Counsel parking lot at 40th Street and Asbury Avenue. This parade ends at the playground at 52nd Street and Haven Avenue.

Registration for the Gardens Civic Association Bike Parade starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 4 in the parking lot at the foot of the Ocean City-Longport toll bridge. The route makes its way to East Atlantic Boulevard with a finish near Beach Road. The parade begins at 10 a.m.

Other weekend events include a free patriotic Ocean City Pops concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3 at Carey Stadium on the beach block of Fifth Street. A kite-flying contest and yo-yo exhibition will go off at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 4 on the beach and boardwalk near the Music Pier. The fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. Sunday, July 4 with the display launched from a barge off Ninth Street.