Ocean City has a full schedule of events for Friday, July 4, including fireworks, bike parades and a kite festival. Check back for any potential updates on individual events, but here’s the lineup:
A 9:30 p.m. musical fireworks display will be fired from a barge at sea off the Ocean City Music Pier (between Eighth and Ninth streets). The show will be visible from the downtown blocks of the beach and boardwalk. The popular band Tidal Wave will entertain in front of the Music Pier from 7: 30 p.m. to approximately 8:45 p.m. The band will play again after the fireworks are over.
KITE FESTIVAL, YO-YOs and HULA HOOPS
A Kite Festival competition on the beach near the Ocean City Music Pier will be sponsored by Air Circus with registration at 6 p.m. Entry is free. Kite awards in various categories will be presented at 7:30 p.m. At 8 p.m., there will be a yo-yo demonstration and contest followed by a hula hoop competition at 8:30 p.m.
Kite categories include Most Patriotic, Largest, Smallest, Highest Flying, Best Homemade, Best Stunt Flyer, Youngest Flyer and Oldest Flyer.
South Ocean City Improvement Association: Registration takes place in the parking lot of Our Lady of Good Counsel (40th Street and Asbury Avenue) at 9 a.m. Registration is free to all, and prizes will be given to the top three in the following categories: 3-and-under, 4-to-7, 8-and-over, families and groups (over 25 or more). Parade participants include Miss Night in Venice contestants, Miss Ocean City, Little Miss Ocean City and Ocean City firefighters.
The parade route starts at 40th Street and Central Avenue and proceeds down Central Avenue to 53rd Street. From there, the route turns down 53rd Street to finish at the playground at Haven Avenue, where free refreshments will be available, prizes given out and patriotic music played.
The event has been held since 1954, and last year 800 participated.
Gardens Civic Association: The Gardens Civic Association’s Bike Parade also starts at 10 a.m. with registration 9 a.m. at the Longport Bridge parking lot. Entry is free.