Fireworks, three concerts, two parades, and more are all part of Avalon’s five-day July 4th celebration that begins on Sunday, June 30 and finishes with the largest fireworks display at the Jersey Shore on Thursday evening, July 4th. All activities are free and open to the public.
“July 4th weekend is always the largest weekend of the summer in Avalon and we are thrilled to offer traditional and new family activities as part of the experience,” said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi. “All of the activities are free, in addition to our free parking, and pay tribute to the United States with a large birthday celebration.”
The activities begin on Sunday, June 30th with a family favorite in Avalon: field races and family fun. The activities will be held on the 10th Street athletic fields starting at 10:00 a.m. On Monday, July 1st, Avalon the Avalon Free Public Library will host “ScienceTellers” at 10:00 a.m. The Avalon Department of Recreation will also host a Tie Dye Day at Avalon Community Hall from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
On Tuesday, July 2nd, The Avalon History Center offers a new event with an “Early Avalon” walking tour. The tour will begin at 6:00 p.m. Contact the Avalon History Center at (609) 967-0090 for the meeting location for the tour. Also that evening, Avalon is proud to welcome the 63rd Army Band to perform a free patriotic concert at Avalon’s new Surfside Park, located at 30th Street and the beach. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Following the concert, Avalon presents a movie on the beach, “Hotel Transylvania 3,” at the 30th Street beach at dusk.
On Wednesday, July 3, Avalon presents its annual tradition, the Mummers Parade, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Avalon Community Hall, proceeding north on Dune Drive to Veterans Plaza.
On Thursday, July 4th before the symphony and fireworks, Avalon will host its annual Boat Parade, starting at 11:30 a.m. No pre-registration is required this year; information is available on www.avalonrecreation.org . Local singer Andrew Jude will perform a beach concert at Avalon’s 30th Street beach pavilion starting at 1:00 p.m. Avalon will also host various bounce houses and children’s activities starting at 6:00 p.m. at the 30th Street and the beach parking lot.
The highlight of the weekend happens later that night when the Bay Atlantic Symphony presents its annual concert at Avalon Community Hall at 7:00 p.m. The evening is filled with patriotic selections by a world-class symphony including selections from Leroy Anderson, Kimo Williams, and John Phillip Sousa. The Star Spangled Banner will begin the evening’s musical selections. The guest conductor for the evening will be Dr. Nina Radcliff of Galloway Township, NJ who is often called upon by national, regional, and local media to provide medical expertise on breaking medical news topics. She is a regular medical contributor for newspapers and magazines including “The Press of Atlantic City.” No tickets are needed for the symphony concert; seating is provided on a first come, first served basis.
Immediately following the symphony concert will be the largest fireworks display in southern New Jersey on Avalon’s 30th Street beach. The fireworks display begins on July 4th at approximately 8:45 p.m. and is set to music that will be simulcast on local radio station WCZT 98.7FM. The Coast.
For more information, visit avalonboro.net .