It's yet another summer season at the Jersey Shore, and soon, our waters will be twinkling with fireworks overhead.
That's right, Fourth of July is around the corner — so we're turning up the tunes, the technology, the parades and the festivals. Before heading out in your red, white and blue, be sure to check the forecast, town websites and social media pages to ensure fireworks are taking place as scheduled.
Here's a look at when and where to see fireworks in Monmouth and Ocean counties. This list is organized by town.
To see a list organized by date, visit here.
Saturday, July 1: 9 p.m., Veterans Memorial Park, Ocean Boulevard and Lakeshore Drive in the Cliffwood Beach section. Festivities begin at 5 p.m, with food trucks, live music, face painting, bouncy castles and more. Catch the shuttle starting rounds at 5 p.m. from the LA Fitness parking lot on Route 35 to Veterans Memorial Park. Rain date is Sunday, July 9. Go: 732-583-4200, ext. 130, @Aberdeentwp on Facebook.
Monday, July 3, 9 p.m., 2nd and 4th avenue beaches. It's recommended to arrive early to find a seat. Rain date is Friday, July 7. Go: 732-502-4528, cityofasburypark.com.
Friday, July 7, 9:45 p.m.: The town will host fireworks at Atlantic Highlands Harbor, but there also will be fireworks from Tuesday, July 4, to Saturday, July 8 at the Atlantic Highlands Firemen's Fair, Atlantic Highlands Marina, 2 Simon Lake Drive. The fair runs from 6 to 11 p.m. Go: 732-291-1444, ahnj.com.
Saturday, July 1, dusk, Barnegat High School, 180 Bengal Boulevard. Rain date is Saturday, July 8. Go: barnegat.net.
Tuesday, July 4, 9:30 p.m., Bay Village, Taylor Avenue, Beach Haven. Rain date is Wednesday, July 5. Go: 609-492-2800, bayvillagelbi.com.
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Tuesday, July 4, dusk, beach on Bayside Avenue. Food, vendors, music, activities. Go: beachwoodusa.com.
Friday, June 30: Hosting its second annual Independence Day show, the festivities kick off with a concert at 8:30 p.m. in front of the Taylor Pavilion. Fireworks follow, accompanied by a computerized lightshow. Although the event is free, all donations ($25 recommended per family) are going to support veterans through Rebuilding Warriors, a nonprofit dedicated to pairing service/companion dogs to veteran amputees, as well as those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. Go: [email protected] or raising4.org.
Wednesday, June 28, part of the Sounds Of Summer concert series, Veterans' Park in the Bayville section. Music begins at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks. Go: berkeleytownship.org.
Monday, July 3, dusk, beachfront. Rain date is Sunday, July 9. Go: bradleybeachnj.gov.
Tuesday, July 4, 7:30 p.m., part of the River Queen boat cruises, 800 Ashley Ave. Dinner and cash bar. Cruise is rain or shine, fireworks are weather permitting. Go: 732-528-6620, riverboattour.com.
Thursday, July 6, Windward Beach Park, 265 Princeton Ave., part of the SummerFest Concert Series, which hosts fireworks after every show. Food court, beer and wine garden, live music. Food court opens at 6 p.m., music begins around 7 p.m.. Go:bricktownship.net, facebook.com/BrickTwpNJGovernment or oceancountytourism.com.
Monday, July 3, 8 p.m., Bucks Mill Park, 137 Bucks Mill Road. Come early for the celebration, and bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Go: coltsneckbusiness.org.
Sunday, July 2, about 9:20 p.m., gates open at 5:30 p.m., music and performances from 5:45 p.m., Freehold Raceway, 130 Park Ave., bring blankets or folding chairs. Go: 732-462-4200, borough of Freehold Facebook page.
Saturday, July 8, dusk, Michael J. Tighe Park, 65 Georgia Road, part of Freehold Township Day, a celebration of veterans. Car show begins at 3 p.m., festival from 4 to 11 p.m., with bands, free children's rides and more. Go: 732-294-2199, freeholdtownshipday.com.
Sunday, July 2, dusk, Veterans Memorial Park, 1776 Union Ave. Rain date is Monday, July 3. Bring chairs, towels or blankets. Go: hazlettwp.org/Recreation.
Sunday, July 9, dusk, John F. Johnson Junior Memorial Park, 260 Kierych Memorial Drive, part of Food Trucks and Fireworks, begins at 4 p.m. with live music, a DJ and giveaways. Go: 732-928-1260, oceancountytourism.com. Also July 1 to 4, part of Fourth of July celebration at Six Flags Great Adventure, 1 Six Flags Blvd., off Route 537. Go: 732-928-1821, sixflags.com.
Friday, June 24, dusk, part of Keansburg Recreation's Fourth of July Family Fun Fest, 1 Beachway Ave., begins at noon. Go:monmouthresourcenet.org or keansburgnj.gov. Keansburg Amusement Park & Runaway Rapids will also host fireworks Monday, July 3, at dusk, 275 Beachway Ave. Go: 732-495-1400, keansburgamusementpark.com.
Monday, July 3, 9:15 p.m., Lacey High School, 73 Haines St., Lanoka Habor section, live music begins at 7:30. Rain date is Wednesday, July 5. Go: 609-693-1100, laceytownship.org or oceancountytourism.com.
Monday, July 3, dusk, Lake Horicon. Antique car show at Lakehurst Elementary School, 301 Union Ave., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parade down Union Ave. at 11 a.m. Go: 732-657-4141, lakehurst-nj.gov.
After BlueClaws games, FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, on July 4, 7 and 28; admission included with game ticket. Go: 732-901-7000, blueclaws.com.
Sunday, July 2, 8 to 9:30 p.m., concert followed by fireworks, Lavallette Gazebo, Bay Boulevard at Philadelphia Avenue. Rain date is Sunday, July 9. Go: 732-793-7477, lavallette.org.
Tuesday, July 4, 9 p.m., part of 30th annual Oceanfest, starts at 10 a.m., with musicians, dancers, clowns, musical acts, food vendors and more. Go: 732-222-0400, oceanfestnj.com.
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Sunday, July 2, 7:30 to 9 p.m., part of Independence Day Celebration and Wavelength concert, Main Beach. Go: manasquan-nj.gov.
Saturday, June 24, dusk, Harry Wright Lake in the Whiting section, part of Manchester Day 2023 festival, which begins at 2 p.m. with games, rides, vendors and more. Rain date is July 25. Go: manchestertwp.com.
Ocean Township (Monmouth County)
Saturday, July 1, fireworks follow music, which begins at 7 p.m., corner of Deal and Whalepond roads. Go: oceantwp.org.
Point Pleasant Beach
Thursdays, June 29 and July 6, and every Thursday through Aug. 31, with a special Marvel hero-themed night on Aug. 24, Jenkinson’s beach. Go: 732-892-0600, jenkinsons.com.
Friday, June 30, dusk, Municipal Beach, 1097 Ocean Ave. Go: 732-842-0099, seabrightnj.org/sbnj.
Tuesday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 12, 9:30 p.m., and every subsequent Wednesday through August on the boardwalk. Go: exit82.com or oceancountytourism.com.
Gabriela L. Laracca joined the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey in 2021 and eagerly brings her passion for cuisine and culture to our readers. Send restaurant tips to [email protected].