STAFFORD AND LONG BEACH ISLAND - Summer 2018 starts now, so time to enjoy the beauty of the Jersey Shore. As families and friends gather for the summer holiday, there is plenty of options to assist in rounding out July 4 vacation and getaways.

With July 4 falling on a Wednesday, there are many events surrounding the holiday.

The award winning Surf and Sip Brew Trail itinerary is available for those over 21 years of age at www.southernoceanmade.com.  and for families this is the perfect time to pick up a Passport to LBI for a fun, educational experience during the stay. The members of the chamber and the surrounding communities wish everyone a safe and happy summer and hope you can sample their unique beach culture. Some of the fabulous events leading up to and throughout Independence Day include:

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Concerts

June 30 Albert Music Hall Ladies of Country and Bluegrass Music Show

131 Wells Mills Road Waretown beginning at 730pm $5 per adult children $1

July 1: Down Home music with Pickin' on the Porch 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St Tuckerton tuckertonseaport.org for more information

The Sharon Sable and E. Shawn Qaissaunee Quartet from  6:30 pm - 8:30 p.m.  Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Science, 120 Long Beach Blvd Loveladies lbif.org for more information

July 2: Dan Brown and The Empaths  FREE CONCERT at Bayview Park 6805 Long Beach Blvd Long Beach Township 7-9pm

July 3: Chris Fritz and The Impulsives Free Concert Bayview Park 7-9pm

July 5: 7:00 p.m. Free Summer Concert  "Bullzeye" Rockin' Country, will be held at the Waterfront Park located at 10th Street and Shore Avenue at the "Bayfront" in Ship Bottom. Remember to bring your favorite beach chair

July 6:  Roomful of Blues performs at Lizzie Rose Music Room 217 E Main St Tuckerton for tickets lizzierosemusic.com

July 9: Forever MoTown at 530 and 8 p.m. at Surflight Theatre, for tickets go to www.surflight.org

Live Theater Performances:

June 27 to July 1: Surflight Children Theatre presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 6pm

July 5 to 8: Surflight Children Theatre presents  Wizard of Oz 6pm

June 28 to July 14:Surflight Theatre Mainstage presents Jesus Christ Superstar for times and tickets go to  www.surflight.org or contact box office at 609 492 9477 201 Engleside Ave Beach Haven

July 6 to 7: "PIPPIN", presented by Our Gang Players 7 p.m. at Barnegat High School, Bengal Theater, 180 Bengal Blvd for tickets go to www.ourgang.org

Festivals & Fireworks:

June 30 to July 1 The Art & Sea Shell Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Things A Drift 406 Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom. This  new festival featuring art, jewelry, cards and original art is open all ages and levels of collectors.

June 30: Fireworks at Dusk Barnegat Township Municipal Dock with free 7pm Reunited Concert

July 4: Food Trucks and Fireworks, Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St 11:00 a.m. to  9:00 pm

July 4: Fourth of July Fireworks  Beach Haven Bay Front Fireworks Taylor Avenue and Ninth Street 8 p.m.

July 5: Family Nights: Howling Woods Farm 6 to 7:30 p.m. Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Science for more info go to www.lbif.org

July 6  Black Maria Film Festival 7:30 pm  Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Science

July 7  Sixth Annual Summer Block Party Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company No.1 Station 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. 21st Street and  Central Avenue Ship Bottom, NJ 08008

July 7:TRUCKerton with a Side of Bacon at Tuckerton Seaport 11am to 6pm

July 7: – Craft Day by the Bay 2018 Sunset Park West Salem Avenue, Harvey Cedars NJ10 am- 4 pm

Parades & Ceremonies

July 4: Fourth of July Parade  July 4 starting at noon on BLVD in Beach Haven NJ

July 7: Barnegat Light Independence Day Parade, Awards Ceremony andConcert.6:00 p.m.
Assemble at West 11th Street, 6:30 p.m.parade begins.
Awards & concert (The Liberty Band) following the parade at the bay front gazebo, 8th & Bayview or at the pavilion, 6th & Bayview, 494-9196

The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce operates a year round visitor center that is located at the gateway of the 18 mile barrier island and has been welcoming those drawn to the sugar sand beached for 104 years.

For ongoing additions or for more information contact the Southern Ocean Chamber at 609 494 7211, go to their visitor center at 265 W Ninth St Ship Bottom, go online to www.visitLBIregion.com  or follow on facebook and Instagram  as @LBIRegion and @southernoceanchamber