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Celebrating Our Independence: The Top 5 2023 4th of July Fireworks Displays in Monmouth and Ocean Counties

Edwin (Ed) O’Malley

As a life-long, year-round resident of the Bay Head and Mantoloking area, Ed combines his outstanding local knowledge and connections with his 20 year...

As a life-long, year-round resident of the Bay Head and Mantoloking area, Ed combines his outstanding local knowledge and connections with his 20 year...

Jun 20 6 minutes read

Celebrating Our Independence: The Top 5 2023 4th of July Fireworks Displays in Monmouth and Ocean Counties

The 4th of July is a cherished holiday in the United States, marking the nation's independence and bringing communities together in celebration. Monmouth and Ocean counties are known for their spectacular fireworks displays, captivating residents and visitors alike. As we approach this year's 4th of July, let's explore the top five fireworks shows that promise to light up the skies and create unforgettable memories for all who attend.

Note: As you'll see below, many of these fireworks displays are not actually on the 4th of July - some are in the days before, some are in the days after, and others take place throughout the summer.  Many of these events are weather permitting, so please be sure to check for rain dates.

  1. Asbury Park Fireworks: Asbury Park has a reputation for hosting incredible Independence Day celebrations, and the fireworks display is no exception. The Asbury Park Fireworks combines vibrant bursts of color with the breathtaking backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. Families can enjoy live music, food vendors, and a festive atmosphere before the main event. Grab a blanket, find a cozy spot on the beach, and prepare to be awestruck as the night sky comes alive with dazzling pyrotechnics. Monday, July 3rd - details at https://www.cityofasburypark.com/.

  2. Long Branch Oceanfest and Fireworks: Long Branch is famous for its lively Oceanfest, an all-day festival attracting thousands of visitors each year. The event features a wide range of activities, including live music, food stalls, craft vendors, and exciting rides for children. As dusk falls, the sky above Pier Village transforms into a canvas of exploding colors. The synchronized fireworks display, at times choreographed to music, is a true spectacle, making it a must-see event for anyone seeking an unforgettable 4th of July experience. Tuesday, July 4th - details at http://www.oceanfestnj.com/.

  3. Point Pleasant Fireworks: Point Pleasant Beach has long been a favorite destination for locals and tourists during the summer season, and their Independence Day celebrations draw crowds from near and far. The annual fireworks display takes place at Jenkinson's Boardwalk, offering a perfect blend of beachside charm and explosive entertainment. Find a spot on the sandy shores or stroll along the boardwalk as you marvel at the breathtaking pyrotechnic display illuminating the night sky. Just about every summer Thursday, starting on June 22nd - details at https://jenkinsons.com.

  4. Belmar 4th of July Fireworks: Belmar's 4th of July Fireworks show is a beloved tradition that captivates visitors of all ages. Held on the picturesque beachfront, this dazzling spectacle is a highlight of the summer season. Enjoy a day of sun-soaked fun, swimming in the ocean, and exploring the vibrant beach town. As the sun sets, grab a seat on the sand and witness the sky come alive with cascading lights, creating a magical atmosphere that reflects the spirit of Independence Day. Friday, June 30th - details at raising4.org.  (free, but donations are encouraged)

  5. Seaside Heights Boardwalk Fireworks Spectacular: Seaside Heights, renowned for its iconic boardwalk, hosts a thrilling fireworks extravaganza every summer. Families flock to this vibrant coastal town to experience the unique combination of classic seaside amusements and a breathtaking display of pyrotechnics. Stroll along the bustling boardwalk, indulge in tasty treats, and build anticipation for the main event. As night falls, find a spot on the beach and witness the sky light up with an awe-inspiring show that truly embodies the American spirit.  Every summer Wednesday, starting July 12th, through August - details at https://www.exit82.com.

If you have a boat, or know someone who does, another fun way to see the fireworks (both public and private displays) is from out on Barnegat Bay, the Manasquan River, or out in the ocean.  Point Pleasant Beach's fireworks are usually visible from shore at Fisherman's Cove Park in Manasquan, and from parts of nearby Brielle.  Another option is to head down to Lavallette, by land or sea, to the bayfront Gazebo, featuring live music and fireworks, usually starting around dark.  Sunday, July 2nd - details at https://lavallette.org.

Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey offer an array of vibrant and mesmerizing fireworks displays that make the 4th of July an unforgettable experience. Whether you choose to bask in the coastal ambiance of Asbury Park, Long Branch, Point Pleasant Beach, Belmar, or Seaside Heights, (or your own favorite town or beach) each location promises an evening of magical moments and patriotic fervor. As we anticipate the 2023 celebrations, mark your calendars and prepare for an Independence Day filled with dazzling fireworks, joyful festivities, and cherished memories.

For even more options, see this Asbury Park Press article which covers most locations in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Be safe, and have a Happy 4th of July!

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