Fourth of July Guide: Free Activities across Cape May County

Cape May Independence Day Parade 

Saturday, July 2 at 1 p.m.  
Beach Avenue 

The parade will feature string bands along with many other outstanding performing groups, family entries, autos, veteran organizations, and local officials.  

Decorated golf carts, bicycles, and baby carriages are encouraged to enter our “Best Decorated” contest this year for a chance to win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place prizes! All community entries are welcome to participate in the parade. Anyone interested in participating should contact the Cape May Department of Civic Affairs at 609-884-9565. 


Cape May City Fireworks 

Monday, July 4 from 9 to 10 p.m.  

Fireworks will launch across from Congress Hall from an off-shore barge.  

Lower Township Independence Day Festival / Fireworks  

Sunday, July 3 at 5 p.m.  

Bay Drive in North Cape May and Town Bank from Lincoln Avenue to Browning Avenue. 

Fireworks blasting over the bay, four live bands, food items from ice cream to crab cakes and amusement rides are all a part of Lower Township’s Independence Day Festival! 

A 30-minute fireworks show will be launched from an offshore barge at 9 p.m.  

A variety of food items will be available from caramel corn to steak from 65 vendors. 

Inflatable games will be available including football and a pitching machine. Two areas off Bay Drive will have amusement rides for children available for a nominal fee. 

Fireworks and the boardwalk

Wildwood: 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 

Monday, July 4 at 10 p.m. 

Wildwood Boardwalk 

Celebrate the 4th of July with a fantastic firework spectacular on the Wildwood Boardwalk! 

North Wildwood: Independence Day Dog + Family Parade 

Monday, July 4 at 9 a.m.  
9th and Atlantic Avenues 

Prizes awarded for the best decorated bikes wagons, strollers, scooters and low speed vehicles in red, white and blue theme. Dogs can also be registered to march in a “pooch parade.  

Avalon Fireworks 

Monday, July 4 at 8:45 p.m.  

Avalon will illuminate the sky with one of the largest fireworks displays on the East Coast. The fireworks display will be set to music which will be simulcast on radio station WCZT 98.7FM the Coast. 

Avalon Boat Parade 

Sunday, July 3 at 11 a.m.  

Avalon Recreation will host a patriotic boat parade to celebrate Independence Day. No registration is needed to run a boat in the parade; boats need to arrive no later than 10:45 and must follow the Avalon Fire Department vessel.  

The route starts at the Avalon Yacht Club.  

Avalon: Bay Atlantic Symphony Independence Day Concert 

Sunday, July 3 at 7 p.m.  

Avalon Community Center, 3001 Avalon Ave, Avalon 

This free symphony fills fast, so be sure to get there a bit early if you want a seat! Those who don’t have a seat can still watch in the standing room section. Come see a fantastic symphony play a patriotic set.  

Avalon: 63rd Army Band Concert 

Saturday, July 2nd at 6:30 p.m.  

30th Street and the beach 

The band will play both patriotic and contemporary. 

Sea Isle: All Americana Family Fun Night 

Monday, July 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  

Excursion Park, JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Ave. 

Come down for an evening of patriotic fun and excitement. Get your Face Painted, and  sing and dance with Mickey Mouse. Wear your patriotic best! Stick around for the Fireworks afterwards.  

Sea Isle City Fireworks 

Monday, July 4 at 9 p.m.  

50th Street Beach  

Sea Isle’s Independence Day Fireworks Show will take place at 9:00 p.m., launched from an ocean barge near the 50th Street beach. 

Middle Township 4th of July Celebration + Fireworks 

Monday, July 4 at 6 p.m. / Rain date July 10  

Goshen Complex, 626 Goshen Rd, Cape May Court House 

Spanky’s BBQ and Mr. Softee food trucks will be on site to satisfy holiday cravings. The Animal House band will entertain the crowd. 

A variety of games such as giant Jenga and giant Connect Four will offer the chance for friendly competition. A pie-eating contest will take place at 8:15 p.m. Contestants will eat a pie topped with mounds of whipped cream as fast as they can – and yes, their hands will be tied behind their backs. 

Fireworks display begins around 9 p.m. 

Coast Guard Sunset Parade

Sunday, July 3 at 7:40 p.m.

U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May

Sunset Parades are free military displays of marching troops and the Coast Guard Recruit Ceremonial Drill Team. The recruit regiment will march in the parade and strike the National Ensign from the parade field at sunset.

The gates to the training center will open at 6:30 p.m., and visitors are asked to seated by 7:40 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to use this extra time for security screening, parking, and seating.

Ocean City 4th of July Skate Bash 

Monday, July 4 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.  

Skate Park, Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue. 

The Ocean City Skate Park will host a free Fourth of July Skate Bash; the event will feature a DJ, snacks, giveaways, and a patriotic costume contest.  

Ocean City July 4th Celebration + Fireworks 


Sunday, July 4 at 7 p.m. / Fireworks 9 p.m.  

Music Pier 

Kite flying competition at 7 p.m. followed by entertainment on the beach next to the Music Pier. Spectacular boardwalk fireworks top off the evening at 9 p.m. 

Ocean City Pops Patriotic Concert 

Sunday, July 3 at 7 p.m.  

Carey Stadium  

Ocean City’s legendary local orchestra will perform patriotic classics and audience favorites in honor of our nation’s birthday. Bring a beach chair or blanket to sit on the field, and there will be seating available on the bleachers. 

Ocean City Bike Parade 

Monday, July 4 at 10 a.m.  

40th and Asbury Ave 

Sponsored by the South OC Improvement Assoc. Registration 9 a.m. Parade begins at 10 a.m.