2019 Fourth of July Happenings in Ocean City

The Fourth of July celebration is not limited to just one day in Ocean City. The entire week is filled with exciting events, family-friendly activities, and patriotic happenings.

Ready to start planning for the Fourth of July festivities which will unfold this week? Here are some options to get you started:

Sunday, June 30

  • Ocean City Nor’easters Game: You don’t have to wait until the first day of July to start the Fourth of July week celebration. Head to Carey Stadium, a.k.a., The Beach House, and watch the Ocean City Nor’easters take on Cedar Stars Academy. The game starts at 7 p.m. and provides a great evening event for all ages.

Monday, July 1

Paddle Board Sunset

  • Beach Exercise: Start your Fourth of July week off right with a free beach exercise session hosted by the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center. This fun and healthy event takes place on the 6th Street beach from 8–9 a.m. Bring a towel and your friends! And, if you miss the Monday event and are craving some exercise later in the week, the free event will also be offered on Wednesday and Friday.
  • Sunset Paint and Paddle Event: Combine a multitude of relaxing events, including sunset views, paddleboarding, and painting, into one fun evening with the Sunset Paint and Paddle Event. Hosted by the Ocean City Paddle Company and Peace of Wood, participants will enjoy paddleboarding on the bay and then a painting session of the beautiful views as the sun sets. Contact the Ocean City Paddle Company at (609) 938-0117 for more information.

Tuesday, July 2

  • Funtastic Tuesdays: Bring the family down to Asbury Avenue on Tuesday for the city-hosted Funtastic Tuesdays event. The fun unfolds from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. between 6th and 14th Streets on Asbury Avenue and includes live entertainment, face painting, balloon sculptors, and more!
  • Fun Runs: Get your exercise and have fun doing so on Tuesday, July 2, with the fun run events, including short runs and kids distances, at Carey Stadium. The all-ages event takes place from 6–7 p.m. and is free to attend.
  • Mummers Night: Get your Mummers strut on when the Mummers Night event unfolds on the Ocean City boardwalk from 7–9 p.m. Colorful costumes, lively music, and an evening of exciting entertainment awaits you on Mummers Night.

Wednesday, July 3

  • Ocean City Farmers Market: Stock up on all of your Fourth of July party and barbecue essentials at the Ocean City Farmers Market. Fresh produce, hot sauce, pickles and olives, baked goods, flowers, handmade items, and other wonderful offerings are up for grabs at the Ocean City Farmers Market, which takes place from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. on the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds at 5th Street and Asbury Avenue.
  • Wacky Wednesday – Pie Eating Contest: Get wacky this Wednesday by taking part in a cherry and apple pie eating contest at the Ocean City Music Pier. The event starts at 10:30 a.m., but be sure to get there early if you want to participate as this popular all-ages event is limited to 150 participants. This contest is free to participate in, but remember, no hands!
  • Ocean City POPs Opening Night – A Star-Bangled Spectacular: The popular musical organization, the Ocean City POPs, will be holding its opening night performance on Wednesday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. on the Music Pier. With a theme of “A Star-Spangled Spectacular” you know you’ll be treated to all of your favorite patriotic tunes. Tickets can be purchased at the Music Pier box office or online.

Thursday, July 4

Fourth of July Bike Ride

  • Bike Parades: Decorate your bikes in festive ribbons, streamers, and patriotic banners, and join in one of two bike parades being held in Ocean City on the Fourth of July. One bike parade will be held in the Gardens section of Ocean City on the north end of the island and registration begins at 9 a.m. in the Longport Bridge parking lot. The event takes place from 10–11 a.m. For those on the south end of the island, there will be a bike parade starting at 40th Street and Asbury Avenue. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the parade runs from 10–11 a.m.
  • Fourth of July Celebration: The Fourth of July evening festivities will begin at 7 p.m. with a kite flying competition on the beach next to the Music Pier. This contest will be followed by live entertainment. And, for the grand finale of the Fourth of July evening, an extraordinary fireworks display will light the sky beginning at 9 p.m.

Friday, July 5

  • Children’s Theatre Series: Schoolhouse Rock Live!: Bring the kids to see the Schoolhouse Rock Live! show at the Ocean City Music Pier on July 5, starting at 10:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Ocean City Music Pier box office or online.

Wishing you all a safe and exciting Fourth of July!

Ocean City Farmers Market Returns June 26

It’s that time of the year again: Ocean City Farmers Market time! On Wednesday, June 26, the Ocean City Farmers Market returns to the Tabernacle grounds along the 500 block of Asbury Avenue.

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Every Wednesday through September 4, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m., fresh farmers market goodies will be lined up as far as the eye can see. From robust, red Jersey tomatoes full of flavor and healthy antioxidants to baked goods of a wide array, you’ll be certain to fill your farmers market shopping bags with all sorts of wonderful locally-made products. Some of the items you’ll find include fresh fruits and vegetables, handmade crafts, flowers, breads and sweet treats, clothing, home decor items, jewelry, and so much more.

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For the food and beverage shoppers of the farmers market crowd, some of the culinary vendors who will be on hand each week selling their delicious products include Wm. Schober Sons Orchards and Farm Market, Dr. Pickle, A.T. Buzby Farm, Drip N’ Scoop, Hank Sauce, and many more farmers and artisan vendors.

After finding all of your seasonal fruits and vegetables along with other delectable culinary items, stroll down Asbury Avenue, between 5th and 6th Streets, where you’ll find vendors selling household items, jewelry, accessories, toys, clothing for kids and adults, and other tempting farmers market items.

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Don’t miss the first day of the seasonal Ocean City Farmers Market and head down to the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds on Wednesday, June 26, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. If you can’t make it to opening day, don’t worry, as the Ocean City Farmers Market will be in full swing every Wednesday through September 4!

First Annual Bayside Family Day Set for June 22 in Ocean City

Ocean City will be hosting its first-ever Bayside Family Day this Saturday, June 22. The family-friendly fun will unfold from 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Second Street dock and parking lot.

The day will be filled with plenty of exciting activities suitable for all ages and highlight the extraordinary aspects of Ocean City’s bayside businesses. Some of the festivities will include live music from the Tidal Wave Band, fabulous food vendors, unique craft vendors, educational demos, and so much more!

This wonderful inaugural event is all thanks to the efforts of many local sponsors, including Jet Drive Exchange Boat & Jet Ski Club, Ocean City Parasail, Pirate Voyages, and Totally Tubular Water Sports.

Spend the day enjoying the food, entertainment and shopping options at Bayside Family Day on June 22.

Sensational Spots for Outdoor Dining in Ocean City

With the weather warming up, now is the perfect time to start thinking about dining al fresco in Ocean City. From boardwalk dining perches to streetside cafe tables, your options are wide and varied with regard to outdoor dining in Ocean City. Dining outdoors allows you to take in the sights and sounds of the city while enjoying a delicious meal.

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Here are some spots where you can plan your next outdoor dining adventure in Ocean City:

  • Ocean City CafeOcean City Cafe is open year-round and offers seasonal outdoor seating for breakfast (served all day long!), lunch, and dinner. Want to bring your family pup along? No problem! The outdoor seating area is pet-friendly.
  • ChatterboxThe Chatterbox offers outdoor cafe seating with multiple four-top tables with umbrellas. Settle in and enjoy a delectable lobster roll or sip a cold, refreshing milkshake as you watch the crowds go by.
  • Cafe Beach Club: The Cafe Beach Club, part of the Beach Club Hotel, offers outdoor seating on the boardwalk side of the hotel. Indulge in a meal any time of the day in the outdoor seating area and embrace the liveliness of the boardwalk activity.
  • Jon and Patty’s: At Jon and Patty’s, you can enjoy outdoor seating along Asbury Avenue and sip handcrafted coffee beverages, light bites, entrees, and more as you watch the shopping crowd pass by.
  • Sunrise Cafe: Sunrise Cafe is your go-to brunch spot in downtown Ocean City, serving brunch daily from 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Savor your fresh squeezed OJ and Spanish omelet as you dine al fresco along Asbury Avenue.
  • Cousin’s: Cousin’s offers outdoor dining options during their dinner hours of 4:30–9 p.m. Settle in at a table on the outdoor patio and select from a wide array of land and sea culinary offerings, such as pasta and clams, chicken parmigiana, organic grilled chicken breast, center-cut rib eye steak, and so much more.
  • Island Grill: Tempting seafood selections are yours for the taking at the Island Grill. Choose your outdoor table at the Island Grill and enjoy sensational dinner offerings, including coconut shrimp, crab imperial, fried scallops, and other from-the-sea items. Island Grill also provides breakfast and lunch service, as well as plenty of options all day long which are perfect for the seafood-seeking crowd and non-seafood lovers alike.
  • Dockside Kitchen: Dine outside on the Dockside Kitchen deck. This bayside brunch spot is open daily from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. and serves up delicious culinary dishes, including lobster eggs Benedict, fish and chips, Nutella French toast, and so much more!
  • Yianni’s Cafe: Visit Yianni’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner and sit outside along Asbury Avenue to watch the people pass by. Some of the enticing entrees you’ll find at Yianni’s include an egg and French toast combo, eggs Benedict, gyro platter, Atlantic salmon, pasta primavera, and other tempting items.
  • Randazzo’sRandazzo’s offers an extensive variety of pizza offerings and Italian delicacies and is also a great spot to dine outdoors and enjoy the fresh air. Some of the items you’ll be able to indulge in at Randazzo’s include traditional New York style pizzas, traditional Sicilian pizza, hoagies, grilled chicken sandwiches, ravioli marinara, gnocchi, arrabbiata, baked ziti, chicken Marsala, cheesesteaks, linguine with white clam sauce, and other unforgettable culinary dishes.

These are just a few of the outdoor dining options in Ocean City. Do you have a favorite al fresco dining spot which isn’t on the list? Feel free to add your suggestion to the comment section below.

And, don’t forget, this week is Ocean City Restaurant Week, running through Friday, June 14, so be sure to take advantage of the excellent culinary deals you’ll find at participating eateries throughout the island!

2019 Ocean City Restaurant Week Promises Delicious Culinary Bites and Great Deals (June 7–14)

Starting on Friday, June 7, and continuing through Friday, June 14, the 2019 Ocean City Restaurant Week will be in full swing.

Participating Ocean City Restaurant Association members will be offering special prix fixe menus and deals to tempt the Ocean City dining crowd. From housemade quiche at Emily’s Ocean Room to a decadent Maryland crab ravioli in a saffron cream sauce entree at Island Grill Seafood and Steak House, your culinary options throughout the week will be wide and varied.

Here is the current list of Ocean City Restaurant Week participating restaurants with menus posted on the Restaurant Association website:

Visit the Ocean City Restaurant Association website for the full menus and keep checking back to see what restaurants have been added to the list.

Support the local restaurants in Ocean City and make your reservations ASAP for the 2019 Ocean City Restaurant Week!

 

5 Excellent Reasons to Attend the Dancing for Hailey Event in Ocean City on June 9

The Dancing for Hailey event is quickly approaching and will take place on Sunday, June 9, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m., on 8th Street between Ocean Avenue and Wesley Avenue. If you weren’t already planning to attend this fabulous fundraiser, you will definitely want to do so!

Here are five excellent reasons to attend the Dancing for Hailey event on June 9:

Dance in Honor of Hailey

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The foundation for this extraordinary event is Hailey Parker, a brave 11-year-old girl who sadly lost her battle with Stage IV brain cancer in 2015. The Dancing for Hailey event was founded in memory of Hailey and in honor of her dedication to raising funds in the fight against cancer as she was going through this battle herself. Attendees come together each year in front of The Dance Place to celebrate the life of Hailey and raise money to fight childhood cancer.

Raise Money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

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When participants attend the Dancing for Hailey event, the proceeds raised will support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a Philadelphia-area childhood cancer nonprofit organization. In addition to benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, some of the proceeds will also go to support Ocean City resident Joy Geller, who is currently battling breast cancer and has been a longtime supporter of the Dancing for Hailey event.

Fun Activities for the Whole Family

Those who attend the Dancing for Hailey event this Sunday will enjoy hours of fun and family-friendly activities. In addition to a DJ-led dance party, participants will enjoy face painting, sweet treats, pizza, a silent auction, and shopping at various vendor tables. Wristband holders will also receive one hour of amusement rides at Playland’s Castaway Cove from 2–3 p.m. that day. It’s a great event for the whole family to take part in as there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Dancing for Hailey event.

Special Guests

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In addition to the fun activities mentioned above, Dancing for Hailey participants will get to hang out with special guests, including the Ocean City Nor’easters and the Ocean City Fire Department. The Ocean City Nor’easters will be showing off their moves while the Ocean City Fire Department will be hosting demos and greeting the crowd.

Come Together as a Community for a Great Cause

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Last, but certainly not least, the Dancing for Hailey event provides an excellent opportunity for the community to come together and honor the memory of a young girl who had so much love for Ocean City and the fun activities surrounding this shore town. In addition to dancing in Hailey’s memory, the community can help to raise funds to support childhood cancer research and help others battling this disease.

Don’t miss this wonderful event on June 9 in Hailey’s honor! If you’re unable to attend, please consider making an online donation on the fundraising page.

Photos credit: Kerri J Photography

 

Floral Beauty and Horticultural Talents to Be Displayed at the 47th Annual Ocean City Flower Show (May 31–June 2)

The 47th Annual Ocean City Flower Show will take place at the Music Pier this weekend, Friday, May 31–June 2, 2019.

Hosted by The Garden Club of Ocean City, this annual event features the horticultural talents of those who know and love all things floral-related. From table displays featuring exquisite arrangements to individual floral categories, such as roses, the Ocean City Flower Show features a wide array of competition categories for the gardening-savvy and floral arranging community to enter.

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This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Holidays” and attendees at the Flower Show will see this theme displayed throughout the event in the wide array of categories which encompass this popular East Coast flower show.

In prior years, the Ocean City Flower Show featured talented pianists who would play soothing music in the background as guests strolled through the Music Pier viewing the lovely and awe-inspiring displays which the talented competitors created.

Some of the categories which participants may be competing in will include the following:

  • Artistic design
  • Table display
  • Junior division
  • Horticulture
  • Rose specimen
  • Plant specimen
  • Orchid
  • And many more!

The Ocean City Flower Show is free to attend, however, voluntary donations to support The Garden Club of Ocean City are greatly appreciated.

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The Ocean City Flower Show days/times are as follows:

  • Friday, May 31: 2–9 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 1: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 2: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see these extraordinary floral works of art in person and applaud the efforts of those who take part in this fabulous annual event in Ocean City!