STAFFORD and LONG BEACH ISLAND — Many New Jersey communities in canceling firework displays this year. However, those who can’t imagine an Independence Day without the “rockets red glare” can still find them within Ocean County.

Traditionally, Beach Haven Borough conducts a fireworks show. In recent years, it has been sponsored by Fantasy Island Amusement Park.  However, due to the Covid-19 and potential of overcrowding and the inability to maintain social distances, the Borough passed on hosting fireworks this year. 

Long Beach Township:  Long Beach Township picked up where Beach Haven left off and are hosting Fireworks beginning at dusk on the Fourth of July at approximately 9:15 pm.  Fantasy Island Amusement Park worked it out with Township officials to bring the visual celebration to the Island. 

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The show will take place at Bayview Park, located at 6802 Long Beach Boulevard in 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.

Folks are encouraged to view the show from their boats on the bay.  

Toms River:  Fireworks are scheduled tomorrow at 9:00 pm at Shelter Cover Beach, Bay Avenue, and Cover Point Road.

Atlantic City is hosting two shows. 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.

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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