Do you like to go all out on the 4th of July, enjoying every barbecue, festival, parade, and firework display you can find? Or do you like to keep things low-key and just find somewhere close to enjoy a local concert show from? Either way, we’ve got you covered! 

Whether you want to check out one of the many parades, concerts or festivals or just get tips from locals on where to watch fireworks from (DoAC Fireworks are always a regional favorite!), our list of 4th of July Celebrations in South New Jersey for 2016 is at the ready! 


JULY 2

CAPE MAY COUNTY

CAPE MAY CITY

FAMILY EVENTS: Annual pancake breakfast by Kiwanis Club of Cape May, Cape May Convention Hall, 7:30-11 a.m. Independence Day Parade at 1 p.m., starting at Philadelphia and Beach avenues, decorated bicycles, antique automobiles, all community entries welcome to participate, call Cape May Department of Civic Affairs at 609-884-9565. Free concert at 7 p.m. in Cape May Convention Hall with 63rd Army Band.

COLD SPRING

JOHN WALTER CAPE COMMUNITY BAND CONCERT at Historic Cold Spring Village, 2-3 p.m., for information about village and admission, see HCSV.org or call 703-362-6812, or see johnwalterband.org. Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Route 9, Cape May.


JULY 3

ATLANTIC COUNTY

BUENA VISTA TOWNSHIP

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: Parade at 2 p.m. starting at First Beach in Collings Lakes, travels through township to festival site at Michael Debbi Park on Cedar Avenue in Richland. Opening ceremonies at park at 3 p.m. Special program at 5 p.m. Music by DJ Nicky G, Patriots Pride Car Show, food court with beer, two bouncy houses, kids' activities, plus crafters, vendors, displays and demonstrations. Fireworks display at dusk. Bring chairs and blankets. Call 856-697-2100, ext. 8, or see buenavistanj.com. Crafter locations $20 each.

PATRIOTS PRIDE CAR SHOW (rain date July 9): Open to all vehicles, Michael Debbi Park, 327 Cedar Avenue in Richland, registration noon-1 p.m., show 1-5 p.m. Call 609-364-7303.

MARGATE

PEDICIN PERFORMS AT FESTIVAL OF LIBERTY SERVICE: 9:45-11 a.m., Margate Community Church, 8900 Ventnor Parkway, . Free. Call 609-822-7147.

CAPE MAY COUNTY

AVALON

QUEST AND DELIGHTS OF FREEDOM: 7-8:45 p.m, Bay Atlantic Symphony, Jed Gaylin (conductor), Avalon Community Hall, 30th Street and the beach, free, contact Scott Wahl at 609-967-7057, or see Avalonboro.org

CAPE MAY CITY

FIREWORKS: 9 p.m. from a barge at sea in front of Congress Hall. See discovercapemaynj.com, or call at 609-884-9565.

DINNER & FIREWORKS: 6:15-10 p.m., watch from atop the Cape May Lighthouse. Participants go by trolley from Washington Street Mall Information booth to the Red Store in Cape May Point for a five-course dinner by Chef Lucas Manteca, then take trolley to Cape May Lighthouse and climb to the top to watch fireworks from the watch gallery. Reservations needed, only 12 people capacity. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, see capemaymac.org.


JULY 4

ATLANTIC COUNTY

ATLANTIC CITY

FIREWORKS: DO AC Fourth of July Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. with three firing locations, two on the Boardwalk near Steel Pier and The Playground and one in the Marina, show is 18 minutes, choreographed patriotic to music, see doatlanticcity.com.

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP

4TH OF JULY PARADE: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Historic Smithville, starts 9 a.m. and goes until about noon, events follow in Smithville.

HAMMONTON

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: The town hosts its first Independence Day Paradein decades. Free. The parade runs along Bellevue Avenue from Egg Harbor Road to Third Street. Participants line up along the railroad tracks on North Egg Harbor Road at 11 a.m. Children can decorate their favorite bike, scooter or wagon in red, white and blue and join the parade, and decorated pets are welcome. Individuals, families, businesses and community organizations are encouraged to enter floats and marchers. Call Bob Schenk at 609-561-7124 o participate. Interfaith Prayer Serviceat 9 a.m. at Hammonton Lake Park. Celebration with live music, food vendors and games 4 p.m. at Lake Park. Live music 4-9:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

MARGATE

FIREWORKS: can be seen 9 p.m. July 4 from any beach in Margate. Barbecues permitted on all Margate beaches July 4 only.

CAPE MAY COUNTY

CAPE MAY CITY

FIREWORKS: 9 p.m. from a barge at sea in front of Congress Hall. See discovercapemaynj.com, email [email protected] or call at 609-884-9565.

DINNER & FIREWORKS: 6:15-10 p.m., watch from atop the Cape May Lighthouse. Participants go by trolley from Washington Street Mall Information booth to the Red Store in Cape May Point for a five-course dinner by Chef Lucas Manteca, then take trolley to Cape May Lighthouse and climb to the top to watch fireworks from the watch gallery. Reservations needed, only 12 people capacity. Call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, see capemaymac.org.

CAPE MAY POINT

LIVE ANIMAL SHOW: 11 a.m.- noon at Cape May Point State Park, showcasing native and exotic residents. Meet live snakes, turtles, frogs, lizards and bugs. Hands-on program, so anyone with bug spray or sunscreen on hands cannot handle some animals.Cost is $1 per person, free for 3 and younger. Museum Classroom, 305 Lighthouse Ave., Cape May Point. Contact Matt Pelligrine at [email protected] or 609-884-2159.

OCEAN CITY

FAMILY EVENTS: Decorated bike parades: Gardens Civic Association, 10 a.m., free registration 9 a.m. at Longport Bridge Parking Lot; South Ocean City Improvement Assn. free registration starts at 9 a.m., parade begins at 10 a.m., 40th and Asbury Ave.; Star Spangled Salute featuring Ocean City Theatre Co. Spotlight Performers Show Choir, noon at Mark Soifer Park, 9th and Asbury avenues.; kite flying contest, 9th Street beach, free, 6 p.m.; Yo-Yo demonstration and contest at 8 p.m.; hula hoop contest at 8:30 p.m.

MUSICAL FIREWORKS, 10 p.m. from barge at sea off Music Pier. Call 800-BEACH-NJ, 609-399-6111 or see oceancityvacation.com; Tidal Wave Band will perform in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, one hour prior to the fireworks and one hour after.

WILDWOOD

BEACH N' BOARDWALK PATRIOTIC 5K AND 1-MILE FAMILY WALK: Event registration and packet pickup at Vietnam Memorial Wall across from Wildwoods Convention Center, 7-8:45 a.m. 5K run starts at 9 a.m. with one-mile walk to follow., run registration is $25 for adults and $10 for students 18 and younger. Prizes for the most patriotic dressed baby, child, adult and family. Commemorative T-shirts for participants who pre-register at WildwoodsWall.com/5k. Call 609-849-8887. Same-day registration 7-8:45 a.m. at convention center.

FIREWORKS: beach near the amusement park at Pine Avenue.