On Wednesday morning, July 4, the holiday kicks off with the Wildwoods Independence Day Parade and the 8th 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.
Wednesday morning 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.” 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 www.WildwoodsWall.com/5k. For additional information, call John Lynch at 609-849-8887.
From noon until 2 p.m., Morey’s Piers will host their annual Curley Fry Festival, where amateur eaters compete to eat the most Curley Fries. The Festival will be held on Surfside Pier and children can enjoy face painters and stilt walkers. For additional information call 609-522-3900 or visit www.MoreysPiers.com.
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 groove to the smooth sounds of Jimmy Buffett classics such as “Margaritaville,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Volcano” and many more.
“Changes in Latitude” is sure to have the crowd on its feet dancing and singing along. For additional information, call 609-729-9000.
The Duffy String Band will perform from 7-9 p.m. on the Wildwoods Boardwalk from 16th Street in North Wildwood to the Wildwoods Convention Center. For additional information on this FREE event call 609-523-1602 or visit www.DoWildwood.com.
Also at 7 p.m., the Wildwood Talent Showcase will feature dancers from ages 6-18 who will perform at the Wildwood Bandshell, located at Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk. For additional information on this FREE event, call 413-454-4523.
A FREE, family-friendly concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park, located at Fern and Ocean Avenues in Wildwood Crest. Bring a blanket or beach chair and listen to Trishia Rapier and the Barry Levitt Trio performing popular Broadway show tunes and more.
At 10 p.m. people all over the Wildwoods will enjoy a spectacular FREE fireworks show extravaganza. Originating from the beach at Pine Avenue in Wildwood, this incredible Fourth of July pyrotechnics display will be sure to awe and amaze, and is visible from almost anywhere on the island. For additional information, call 609-729-9000 or visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com.
The Wildwoods are the place to be this Fourth of July for FREE fun, FREE entertainment and FREE events for the whole family!