NJ’s Biggest 4th of July Celebration Returns to Long Branch

For 30 years, Long Branch has hosted New Jersey’s largest Independence Day celebration.

People from across the state head to the coastal area to sample delicious food, shop from local vendors, and enjoy the many activities available for all members of the family.

For two years, the event could not take place due to the pandemic.

But now it’s back and the city is ready for the thousands of Americans to flock in and enjoy our Independence Day once again.

Facebook/Oceanfest at Long Branch

Facebook/Oceanfest at Long Branch

Oceanfest takes place on the Long Branch boardwalk near Ocean Place Resort & Spa and runs all the way to Seven Presidents Beach.

The event will take place on Monday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and conclude with a 9 p.m. fireworks display over the ocean at Pier Village.

Facebook/Oceanfest at Long Branch

Facebook/Oceanfest at Long Branch

It’s the perfect summer day to not only enjoy the beach, but also to try all sorts of amazing food and the vendors selling everything from jewelry to crafts to decorations you can decorate with. your house down.

Screenshot from Oceanfest YouTube video

Screenshot from Oceanfest YouTube video

While adults are shopping, kids can participate in many activities like face painting, dunk tank, cartoon drawing, etc.

Screenshot from Oceanfest YouTube video

Screenshot from Oceanfest YouTube video

And don’t forget to take a look at the huge sandcastle being built.

Screenshot from Oceanfest YouTube video

Screenshot from Oceanfest YouTube video

There is also live entertainment and not just live music but also dancers, sword swallowers etc.

After the sun goes down, one of New Jersey’s biggest fireworks displays unfolds over the ocean near Pier Village.

Fireworks at Long Branch Oceanfest in 2014

Fireworks at the 2014 Long Branch Oceanfest (Town of Long Branch)

Now, when it comes to parking, the Long Branch Chamber of Commerce suggests parking in one of the paid parking lots along Ocean Boulevard or the Pier Village parking lots. If you don’t want to pay, street parking is available along Broadway and Second Ave.

For more information, visit their website HERE.

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From the rides to all the boardwalk food to the many water fun, Seaside Heights and nearby Seaside Park has remained a family friendly place for all ages.

Along the way, the Seaside Heights boardwalk and Casino Pier were hit by tragic disasters, such as a fire, Super Hurricane Sandy, and another fire. Both have proven their resilience through reconstruction and expansion.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of Kristen, producer of New Jersey morning show 101.5. All opinions expressed are his own.
Questions, corrections or comments? Email producer Kristen at [email protected] or follow her on instagram.

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