Fireworks, three concerts, two parades, and more are all part of Avalon’s five-day July 4th celebration that begins on June 30th 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 highlight of the weekend happens on Thursday, July 4th when the Bay Atlantic Symphony presents its annual concert at Avalon Community Hall at 7:00pm. 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 8:45pm and is set to music that will be simulcast on local radio station WCZT 98.7FM..the Coast.
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 10:00am. On Monday, July 1st, Avalon the Avalon Free Public Library will host “ScienceTellers” at 10:00am. Also that morning, the Avalon Department of Recreation will host a Tie Dye Day at Avalon Community Hall.
The Avalon History Center offers a new event on Tuesday, July 2nd with an “Early Avalon” walking tour. The tour will begin at 6:00pm. 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 7:00pm. Following the concert, Avalon presents a beach movie at the 30th Street beach at dusk; the movie will be “Hotel Transylvania 3”. On Wednesday, July 3rd, Avalon presents its annual tradition, the Mummers Parade, beginning at 6:00pm at Avalon Community Hall, proceeding north on Dune Drive to Veterans Plaza.
And on July 4th before the symphony and fireworks, Avalon will host its annual Boat Parade, starting at 11:30am. 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 1:00pm. Avalon will also host various bounce houses and children’s activities starting at 6:00pm at the 30th Street and the beach parking lot.