Editor's note: For our readers down at the shore, there is still a chance to catch "rockets red glare" this Fourth of July.
NEW JERSEY – Many New Jersey shore communities have canceled their firework displays this year. However, those who can’t imagine an Independence Day without the “rockets red glare” can still find them at the shore.
There are 33 municipalities within Ocean County. The following will be shooting off fireworks in celebration of the Fourth of July:
Lakewood: Red, White, and Blue Claws Fireworks Show for tonight, July 3rd, includes entry to the ballpark at 7:00pm. However, the 450 spectator limit is already sold out. Fireworks themselves start at 9:30 pm. The promoters boast a long show with higher elevations. Entry to the parking lot is extremely limited and it may be best to look for a nearby location to wait for the show.
Long Beach Township: Fireworks begin at dusk on the Fourth of July at approximately 9:15 pm. They go off at Bayview Park, located at 6802 Long Beach Boulevard, Brant Beach. Parking lots at Bayview Park and Long Beach Township parking lots are closed to the public. Park entry is limited to ticketed and invited front line workers.
Toms River: Fireworks are scheduled tomorrow at 9:00 pm at Shelter Cover Beach, Bay Avenue, and Cover Point Road.
Those who want to head further south can also look for the red, white, and boom here:
Atlantic City: Even though it has not reopened, the Borgata still lists fireworks starting at 9:20 pm on July 4th. Viewing is from the casino’s surface parking lot, which opens at 6pn.
The Tropicana offers beachfront fireworks that can be viewed from the beaches and boardwalk. They start at 10 pm tomorrow evening.
Cape May Whale Watcher: Evening fireworks cruise for the Fourth itself is already sold out. However, tickets remain available for July 3rd at 7:00 pm.
Hammonton: The Town of Hammonton has a fireworks display scheduled for dusk tomorrow. The venue is listed as Hammonton High School, 566 Old Forks Road, Hammonton.
In many cases, firework displays are not completely canceled. Some are postponed to a later date.
NBC will broadcast the traditional Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. The show’s prelude features performances from some of America’s most popular entertainers.
Some apparently see the lack of professional displays as an excuse to launch loud boomers from home. They not only represent potential danger – they also impact what Barnegat Police Chief Keith Germain refers to as “quality of life.”
Germain, who often uses social media to relay messages, assured residents that the local department had every intention of addressing illegal fireworks complaints.
Yesterday, Germain addressed the issue in a Facebook post, informing residents that officers arrested a subject for setting off illegal fireworks at Georgetown Park. He encouraged those with complaints to continue to call them into the department.
“Keep the complaints and information coming,” wrote Germain. “Little quality of life issues turn into bigger quality of life issues. We prefer to solve them before they become bigger issues.”
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