Beginning with fireworks at Brick’s Summerfest celebration July 2, numerous communities in the surrounding area will host fireworks displays in celebration of Independence Day. Here is the information on a number of them:
- Brick: July 2, Annual Summerfest Fireworks & Concert, Windward Beach, Princeton Avenue, Concert at 6:30pm, Fireworks at 9pm
- Point Pleasant Beach: July 3, Celebration of the United States of America’s 238th Birthday, Jenkinson’s Boardwalk & Beach, 300 Ocean Ave., Fireworks at Dusk
- Manasquan: July 3, Parade at the Squan Beach Life Saving Station 6:30 p.m., Billy Lawlor Band concert at 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Beach, Fireworks at Dusk.
- Seaside Heights: July 4, Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza, visible anywhere on the boardwalk, 9:30 p.m.
- Beach Haven (LBI): July 4, Celebration of Independence Day, Bay Village and Schooners Wharf shopping area (near Fantasy Island Amusement Park) on the bay, Long Beach Blvd. Fireworks at Dusk.
- Lavallette: July 5, Independence Day Celebration, bay beach at Philadelphia Avenue, concert at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9 p.m.
A note from local officials:
Ocean County officials urged local residents and visitors to “leave fireworks to the professionals” this July 4 weekend.
“It is illegal to purchase, possess and use fireworks in New Jersey unless you are a licensed professional staging a show,” said Freeholder Joseph Vicari, Chairman of the Ocean County Department of Consumer Affairs.
According to federal statistics, fireworks injure nearly 10,000 people every year throughout the United States, county officials said this week. The vast majority of those injuries occur during the two weeks leading up to and following July 4.
Vicari said he is especially concerned that many types of fireworks – for sale legally in some other states but illegal in New Jersey – are marketed to children. While they look like toys, wrapped in colorful paper with names like Conehead, Funky Fish and Rambo Kid, they are anything but, he said.
“Do not travel out of state and buy fireworks,” said Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. “It may be legal to buy them, but it is illegal to bring them back across state lines and use them in New Jersey.”
Kelly said local police departments will be on the lookout for illegal fireworks in the days and weeks leading up to Independence Day.