This Weekend in the Wildwoods

Each week I am trying to gather information on what’s happening in Cape May County. This week is probably one of the busiest on the coast with the upcoming 4th of July holiday (which is my favorite – surpassing Thanksgiving, Christmas, NYE, and Easter – you can take Halloween too – not that into it.
Ok, here it goes , start taking notes there’s a lot more coming your way – this is just in the Wildwoods.

In my hometown – the Wildwoods
Fourth of July Weekend celebration is filled with FREE events, FREE live entertainment and a FREE fireworks/laser light show spectacular unlike any other at the Jersey Shore, I am serious – it’s the best.

Wildwood Crest begins their celebration with the Weekend Freedom Festival Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The event takes place at Rambler Road and Ocean Avenue in Wildwood Crest, featuring quality crafters of all kinds, great food, FREE live entertainment and children’s activities. As part of the festival, FREE concerts will be held at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue in Wildwood Crest from 7:30-9:30 p.m. nightly – featuring the B Street Band (Bruce Springsteen tribute band) on Saturday, July 2; 2U (U2 Tribute Band) on Sunday, July 3; and Bandstand (dance/party music) on Monday, July 4. For additional information, call 609-523-0202 or visit

North Wildwood –
A FREE concert will be held at the Lou Boothe Amphitheatre in North Wildwood, located at 2nd and Ocean Avenues, on Saturday, July 2 at 8 p.m. Part of the FREE “Concert Under the Stars” Series, the performance will feature Motown legends – the Platters. For additional information, call 609-522-2955 or visit

On Monday morning, July 4, don’t miss the Wildwoods Independence Day Parade and the 7th Annual Patriotic Pooch Parade. The Independence Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. at 15th and Atlantic Avenues and proceeds north to 2nd Avenue. The Patriotic Pooch Parade will join the march through the Wildwoods at 8th and Atlantic Avenues. Dogs of all shapes and sizes will parade along the streets of the Wildwoods dressed in patriotic garb alongside decorated bicycles. Prizes will be awarded for the best bikes decorated with a red, white and blue theme, along with prizes for the best dressed pooches. Check-in for parade participants will be from 8-8:45 a.m. at 15th and Atlantic Avenues. To register, call 609-522-2955.

Also on Monday morning, July 4, is the Beach ‘n Boardwalk 5K Run and 1-Mile Family Walk from 9-11 a.m. The 5K Fun Run will begin at the Wildwoods Sign and travel north to the Wildwoods Convention Center then down the boardwalk extension to the beach. The route will run south and continue on the hard packed sand to Primrose Avenue in Wildwood Crest, looping back to the Wildwoods Convention Center for the completion of the race. The 1-Mile Walk will head down the Wildwoods Boardwalk to Cresse Avenue and back to the Wildwoods Convention Center. Awards will be presented at the Wildwoods Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to “Top Finishers” and “Most Patriotic Dressed” in the following categories: Family, Adult, Child and Baby. All funds raised from the Beach ‘n Boardwalk 5K Run and 1-Mile Family Walk will be used to help maintain the Wildwoods Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. Registration will take place from 7-8:45 a.m. at the Wildwoods Convention Center. The registration fee is $25 for adults and $10 for students 18 and younger. Commemorative t-shirts will be given to all participants who pre-register at before July 1. For additional information, call John Lynch at 609-849-8887.

Later on in the evening on Independence Day, families can enjoy a FREE Summer Concert at Fox Park starting at 6 p.m. featuring “Changes in Latitude,” a Jimmy Buffett tribute band. Bring your beach chair or blanket and have some tropical fun listening to these classic Jimmy Buffett tunes such as “Margaritaville,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Volcano” and the list goes on (I saw the real Jimmy last week in concert- awesomeness!) For additional information, call 609-729-9000.

At 10 p.m. on Friday, July 1 and Monday, July 4, people sit back and relax while viewing the most magnificent FREE fireworks in the world – where else? The Wildwoods will Originating from the beach at Pine Avenue in Wildwood, this incredible Fourth of July pyrotechnics and laser display will be sure to awe and amaze. For additional information, call 609-523-1602 or visit

And there’s more – not only do you get fireworks with all of these amazing free offers, you get at the Wildwoods Convention Center, the Sports Card, Toys, Comic Books and Collectibles Show from Friday, July 1 to Monday, July 4. The show will feature collectibles, memorabilia and guest star appearances. Expo hours are 3-9 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday; and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Monday. Admission is FREE. For additional information, call 732-422-9365 or visit

Additionally, the Wildwoods Boardwalk will host a Boardwalk Craft Show featuring all hand-made items. The craft show will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3 on the Wildwoods Boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue. For additional information, call 609-522-0378.

This seems like the place to be this weekend – but since I have friends situated along all the coastal barrier islands, I better get working and find out what’s happening in their towns!

For additional information on these and other events happening in the Wildwoods this summer, visit or call 800-992-9732.


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