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July 4th Weekend 2011: A giant fireworks display, two colorful bike parades, a Broadway staged performance

of Music Man and a Kite Flying Contest will highlight the City’s July 4th weekend events.

 

The weekend kicks off on Sun., July 3 with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the Ocean City Theatre Company presenting the Music Man. The show is set for the Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave., on Sun., July 3 at 7:30 p.m. There will also be performances on July 5-6 at 7:30 p.m. plus a matinee on Wed., July 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248 or from www.ocnj.us.

Two Bike Parades are set for July 4th. The South Ocean City Parade begins at 40th and Asbury Ave. at 10 a.m. with registration starting at 9 a.m. The Garden Civic Assn. Bike Parade forms 10 a.m. at the Long Port Bridge. Registration is 9 a.m.

A Kite Flying Contest sponsored by Air Circus on the Boardwalk will begin at approximately 5 p.m. at the 9th St. Beach as bathers leave the area.

At 9:30 p.m. a huge fireworks display will be fired from a barge off the Music Pier. Music will piped over the Boardwalk and through the downtown to accompany the display and can also be heard on WIBG FM -94.3 Radio.

June 29-July 1: Our July Jubilee Contests continue this week with That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles (chew a work of art out of a Giant Cookie) on Wed., June 29.Plus a Super Hero Impersonation Contest. Paper Clip Art (produce an artistic masterpiece from Paper Clips) is set f or Thurs., June 30th. Xtreme Hermit Crab Wrestling (Extremely Non-Violent) is scheduled for Fri., July 1st. All contests start 11 a.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Entry is free, prizes are awarded. Age groups are divided into 5 and under, 6-8, 9-12, Teens and Adults.

June 30: Al Belmont Magic Show, a spectacular performance with illusions, surprises and humor for all of the family, is set for Thurs., June 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Pier Auditorium, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets are $9.99 available at the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248 or at the door. One performance only. This is a very enjoyable show, back again for the 4th consecutive year.

July 6: The first Sand Sculpting Contest of the season will be held on Wed., July 6 starting 9 a.m. on the 6th St. Beach. There are categories for age groups 5 and under, 6-8, 9-12, teens, Individual Adults and Families. Entry is free. Prizes are awarded.

Through July: The Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave., presents the magic of Chad Juros, July 2,9,16 and 30 at 11 am. plus a Sunday performance 11 a.m., July 17. This young, nationally recognized magician has performed in Las Vegas, at venues throughout the country and Ocean City First Night. For information, call 609- 457-6686.

July 5-7: The Youth Opera Company of South Jersey presents Les Miserable 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Local talent 8 to 18 will be showcased. For information, call 609-576-2060.

July 3: The Philadelphia Organ Quartet concert at the Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., 7 p.m. Three additional Allen organs supplement the Tabernacle four manual Renaissance model. Admission free. Featuring Rudy Lucente, Jr., St. Rose Catholic Church, North Wales, Pa., Peter Richard Conte, Wanamaker Grand Court Organist, Michael H. Stairs, Philadelphia Orchestra Organist and Colin B. Howland, Park City Church, Dallas Texas. Call 399-1915 for information.

July 3: Nor’easters Soccer game versus Bermuda Hogges, 6 p.m. Carey Stadium, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Adults $6, Youth $4. For information call 609-525-9999 or visit www.oceancityfc.com.

July 6: Pirate School, a show is a one man, seafaring vaudeville show that spoofs the golden age of sail and satisfies children’s curiosity about brawny buccaneers of yore. Show time is 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are $8 and may be ordered at www.ocnj.us or from the Music Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248 or at the door.

July 10: The Ocean City Pops is back with a Tribute to Sousa featuring pianist Joseph Mohan. Hear this sensational young prodigy from the Julliard School perform Grieg and a patriotic tribute to Sousa plus Pops Favorites of the March King. Plus Casey at the Bat and the Pops annual salute to veterans. Sponsored by Mack and Manco in memory of Ensign John Elliott. Concert starts 8 p.m. at Music Pier. Tickets are $15/10. Call Pier Box Office, 609-525-9248.

July 10: The Kings Brass perform in concert at the Tabernacle, 5th and Wesley Ave., at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

July 13: The Ocean City Arts Center holds its Annual Luncheon, noon, Wed., July 13 at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point. Theme for this year’s luncheon is “Cirque de Arts” with entertainment by magician Chad Juros. Tickets are $42. For reservations, call 609-399-7628.

July 16: Night In Venice Registration Information and Incentives: Registrations are now being taken for the Night in Venice decorated boat and bayfront home competition. The gala event is set for Sat., July 16 starting at 6:30 p.m. on the Bay. Optional theme is Broadway on the Bay.

As in the past few years $50 cash cards will be given to all boat entries that finish parade to enhance decorations. Each boat captain will receive a special gift. All who enter boats and homes in the competition will be given a commemorative mug. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best decorated boats. All boat owners will receive photos of their boats in the parade. >

Registration forms are available at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Ave., phone 609-525-9300 or fax 609-399-0374 Mon.-Fri.,. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., after hours, call 609-364-4010 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Grand Marshal of the boat parade will be Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Laperriere who recently won the NHL’s Masterton Trophy “for his perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.”

(All Summer) The Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th and Simpson Ave., has free programs for children all summer long, Monday through Fridays. Call 609-399-2434 for more information.

ALWAYS SWIM ON A GUARDED BEACH. TELL YOUR FRIENDS.