Its summer time and things are heating up at the Jersey shore as Atlantic City celebrates America’s 235th birthday with a variety of star-studded events, fireworks, chart-topping entertainment, cash give-aways and much more.
The Independence Day weekend festivities will include a dynamic firework extravaganza on Monday, July 4, featuring two separate displays synced to music and produced by the nationally-acclaimed Fireworks by Grucci. As the largest fireworks display in New Jersey, the first show will illuminate the skies above the Marina District starting at 9:20 p.m., with another display beginning at 9:45 p.m. along the Boardwalk. The combined breathtaking pyrotechnic displays will last approximately 45 minutes, and will be visible from several locations along the bay and throughout the city. For more information, visit www.atlanticcitynj.com/fireworks.aspx.
Fireworks by Grucciis the top name in fireworks entertainment, known for visual extravaganzas designed for special events across the globe. As the innovators and creators of the state-of-the-art style of displaying fireworks, Grucci has produced many of the major fireworks programs in the United States over the decades, including presidential inaugurations and Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.
Visitors seeking an alternative viewing spot can head to the marina for a cruise. For the party crowd, Cruisin’Onedeparts from Gardner’s Basin to view the Marina fireworks, and includes an on-board DJ and cash bar. The cruise departs at 8 p.m. and tickets are $30 per person. For more information, visit www.atlanticcitycruises.com.
For more family-oriented options, Jessie O’ Fishing & Cruisesis offering a tour of the back bay to view the fireworks, and departs from Captain Andy’s Marina at 8 p.m., with tickets at $30 per person. For more information, visit www.jessieofishing.com. Visitors can also hop aboard a cruise with HighrollerFishing, which departs from Gardner’s Basin at 8 p.m. to view the Marina fireworks. Tickets are $30 per person and for more information, visit www.highrollerfishing.com. Academy® and Grammy® Award-winning entertainer JamieFoxxwill be in Atlantic City for the Independence Day weekend, hosting the Foxxhole Comedy Jamon Friday, July 1, at Circus Maximus Theater. The lineup includes Earthquake, Arie Spears and Tony Roberts. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets begin at $40 per person. Following the comedy show, a Black Hollywood Partyhosted by actress Meagan Good and actor Idris Elba will take place at Circus Maximus Theater in Caesars. The party kicks off at 10 p.m. and tickets are $60 per person.
Beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, guests will have the opportunity to watch Foxx and friends “go all in” during a Black Jack Tournamentat Showboat. The tournament will be followed by the Love and Basketball All White Affair, a gala hosted by model Amber Rose and a surprise NBA All-Star. This celebrity-filled event begins at 10 p.m. at One Atlantic, and tickets are $60 per person.
The Foxx-a-thon weekend continues with Jamie Foxx performing live in concertat the House of Blues Music Hall at Showboat. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $50 per person. Partiers can then head to One Atlantic for the “Any Given Sunday” After Partyhosted by Foxx and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. The party starts at 10 p.m. and tickets are $60 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.caesarsac.com.
Other popular performers making an appearance in Atlantic City over the holiday weekend include: Earth, Wind & Fireat Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa at 8 p.m. on July 1 and 3, tickets starting at $56; EnglebertHumperdinckat Resorts Atlantic City at 9 p.m. on July 1, tickets starting at $65; TheDupreesat Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino at 8 p.m. on July 1 and 3, tickets are $40; ErykahBaduat the House of Blues in Showboat at 8 p.m. on July 2, tickets starting at $40; and Sadeat Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort at 8 p.m. on July 2, tickets are $157. In addition, DenisLearywill be performing at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa at 8 p.m. on July 2, tickets starting at $56. For more information, visit www.atlanticcitynj.com/visit/calendar_events.aspx.
Visitors looking to make a little extra cash can head to GoldenNuggetfor a variety of activities including the Third Annual $10,000 Lime Toss on Saturday, July 2, at 6 p.m. Ten contestants will be randomly selected to toss a lime 30 feet into a glass, and the winner will receive $10,000. Additionally, guests playing slots or tables at the casino may be entered to win $1 million in the Cash Explosion contest, during which selected contestants will pick from six envelopes for cash prizes. For more information, visit www.goldennugget.com/AtlanticCity/.
A party pit is set to debut during the July 4 weekend in the Tropicana Casino and Resort’s popular RumbaLounge. The party pit will be open on Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. until 4 p.m., and will feature live dancers, drink specials and DJs. For more information, visit www.tropicana.net. For more information or to book a getaway to Atlantic City, visit www.atlanticcitynj.com.
The Wildwoods Vietnam Memorial Wall Foundation hosts the Wildwoods Beach and Boardwalk Patriotic 5K Run and 1-Mile Family Fun Walk – a special event honoring America – on Monday, the Fourth of July, at 9 a.m. Hosted in the cities of Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, the run will take place on the Wildwoods Boardwalk and the island’s award-winning beaches. The 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk will begin on the boardwalk at the Wildwoods Sign and continue north to the Wildwoods Convention Center Boardwalk Extension and down to the beach. The route turns south on the hard packed sand to Primrose Road in Wildwood Crest and loops back to the Wildwoods Convention Center. An awards ceremony will commence immediately following the run at the Wildwoods Vietnam Veterans Wall adjacent to Fox Park.
The Patriotic 5K Run is open to all ages and Patriotic Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female “Over All” runners and the top three male and female runners in the following age brackets: 19 and Under, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 69 and 70 plus. Prizes will also be presented to the best dressed Patriotic Baby, Student, Adult and Family participating in the 5K Run and/or 1-Mile Family Fun Walk.
A commemorative t-shirt will be guaranteed to all participants who pre-register at www.WildwoodsWall.com/5k before Friday, July 1, otherwise while supplies last. Onsite event registration will begin at the Wildwoods Convention Center at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 4. The Grand Marshal of the event will be Wildwood Crest Police Officer and Navy Reservist, Petty Officer 1st Class Jon Weigand, who recently returned to the Wildwoods after serving the United States in Afghanistan. All proceeds from this event will go to the daily expense of maintaining of the Wildwoods Vietnam Memorial Wall. For more information or to register, please visit www.WildwoodsWall.com/5k or call John Lynch at 609-849-8887.