Fireworks and Fun: Celebrating Fourth of July Week on LBI

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What’s sunny, patriotic, and red white and blue all over? Fourth of July week on Long Beach Island! Each year, LBI hosts an array of Fourth of July events that provide fun for all ages. This year’s holiday will be yet another opportunity to spend time with loved ones, celebrate our community, and make the most of the lineup of entertainment found across the island. Follow along for information regarding the events and activities that will surely make this Fourth of July one to remember.

Firework Schedule

Fireworks illuminate the sky over Fantasy Island in Beach Haven | Image by Oakleaf Media

On the Island

No Fourth of July celebration is complete without a healthy dose of fireworks, and LBI’s displays never disappoint.

– July 3rd, Surf City Firehouse (9:00pm) 

For the third year in a row, the Surf City Firehouse will be putting on a display. For those located on the north end of the island, or coming to check out fireworks for the night, this is likely your best option. This will take place at the Surf City Bay Beach between 16th and 17th street. Be sure to bring your chairs and arrive early, so that you and your family can fully enjoy this special night.

– July 4th, Taylor Avenue, Beach Haven (9:30pm)

The island’s most longstanding display will take place once again at Taylor Park in Beach Haven. People travel from all over the region to attend the crown jewel of LBI firework displays. Traffic and parking will be an issue, so give yourself ample time to arrive. You can also make a day of it, by going to Fantasy Island (unlimited rides that day for $35), the Thundering Surf Waterpark or Bay Village beforehand. 

On the Mainland

If you don’t have the energy to fight the traffic down to Beach Haven, these are options on the mainland that may suit you.

– July 4th, Pohatcong Lake, Tuckerton (9:15pm)

– July 5th, Barnegat High School (event starting at 5pm, fireworks at 9:15pm)

Live Music Schedule

Free Shows

Throughout the holiday week, there will be a host of free concerts held across the island. Be sure to arrive early and bring blankets, lawn chairs, and anything else you need to get comfortable and enjoy the music.

Facedown – July 1st

7:00pm at Bay Breeze Park (Barnegat Light)

Tequila Rose Band – July 3rd

7:30pm at Veterans Park (Beach Haven)

Simmer – July 3rd

6:30pm at Waterfront Park (Ship Bottom)

The Royals – July 5th

7:00pm at 68th Street Beach Fire Pits (Brant Beach)

Lead singer "Spaz" of "The Nerds

Local Favorites

Some of LBI’s favorite bands will be in town for holiday week.  

Shorty Long and the Jersey Horns 

July 2nd – Surf City Hotel – 9pm to 1am

The Pickles

July 3rd – The Shell Resort & Beach Club – 1pm to 4pm

Ted Hammock and the Pickles

July 5th and 6th – Terrace Tavern – 9pm 

21+ Shows

In addition to family friendly concerts, there are several 21+ shows for those looking to kick back and celebrate the holiday with a little bit of party. Cover charges vary by venue and performer. Check with the business for details. 

 Bird and Betty’s Dance Club, 10:30pm

July 3rd – GoGoGadget

July 5th – The Way Outs

July 6th – 3AM Tokyo  

Joe Pop’s Shore Bar, 10pm

July 5th – GoodMan Fiske

July 6th – The Nerds

Nardi’s, 10pm

July 3rd – Radio Royalty 

July 4th – Original Copy 

July 5th – Green Knuckle Machine 

July 6th – The Rockets

Fourth of July fireworks in Beach Haven NJ | Image by Meghan Marron

Family Fun

Puppy Pals – July 1st, Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven 

  • Calling all animal lovers! Come to Surflight Theater and be delighted by rescue dogs performing incredible tricks. Full of silly surprises, this show is sure to bring laughter and joy to your holiday week. Tickets are available here for afternoon and evening shows.

Festival of the Sea – July 2nd – 6th, Brant Beach

  • St. Francis Parish is once again hosting its beloved festival which promises food, entertainment, and community involvement. Located in the parking lot of St. Francis Parish & Community Center, the event will have amusement and attractions for all ages. Purchase tickets here.

Little Mermaid – July 3rd – 6th, Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven

  • A local twist on a classic favorite, Surflight Theatre’s production of the Little Mermaid is the perfect event for young children. Buy tickets here or in person at the box office. 

Tuckerton’s Fourth of July Parade – July 4th

  • No tickets needed! The parade begins at 10am by the intersection of Marine Street and Route 9 and ends at Great Bay Boulevard. Be sure to arrive early to get a good view of the action – including fanciful parade floats, antique cars, live music, and more. 

4th of July Clambake – July 4th, Queen City Market 

  • Enjoy delicious food alongside a beautiful view at Queen City Market’s clambake. The event runs from 6pm – 9pm and is expected to sell out, so reserve a timeslot before it’s too late! Buy tickets here or call 609-342-0117.

Unlimited Ride Pass – July 4th, Fantasy Island

  • Ride unlimited rides at Fantasy Island for $35 a rider from 4pm to 11pm!

Independence Day Parade – July 4th, 10 W 10 St, Barnegat Light

Barnegat Township Farmers’ Market – every Thursday, Birdsall Street 

  • This year, Barnegat’s weekly farmers’ market conveniently falls on the Fourth of July. Open from 10am-3pm, the market hosts a variety of local vendors offering fresh produce, local art, craft alcohol, and an array of artisan foods. 

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