Ocean City’s Night in Venice 2016

The 62nd annual Night in Venice is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16. It’s the highlight of the summer season in Ocean City, with thousands of spectators lining the bayfront and thousands more attending private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue. This year, a spectacular fireworks display will cap off the bayfront celebration.

Boats are still invited to participate in the parade. Boat owners receive a $50 gift card, a complimentary photo of their boat in the parade and a commemorative mug.

The theme of this year’s event is “Destination America.” Boats and homes can be decorated with themes that embrace the culture and regional pride of great cities and landmarks across the United States. The theme is optional – boat owners are welcome to choose their own themes.

A “Collegiate Cup” will be awarded to a boat that best celebrates school pride. College and university alumni associations have been contacted, and boat owners are encouraged to reach out if they can participate. Two other new categories are “Best Nonprofit/Community Organization” and “Best Commercial Entry.”

Regular categories in the decorated boat contest will include: Most Original, Best Decorated, Musical, Comic, Classic (25 years or older with historic value) and Children’s Division (completely decorated by children 15 and under).

Entries for boats and homes will be taken online at www.ocnj.us/niv/ or by calling (609) 399-6111. Please register by Thursday, July 14 at 4 p.m.