Where to Find Your Fourth of July Necessities in Ocean City

Whether you’re planning a quiet Fourth of July celebration with the family or an all-out bash in Ocean City on July 4, OCNJ Happenings has you covered with where to find your favorite holiday food, beverages, and festive decorations!

Feeding the Fourth of July Crowd

Wards Pastry Butter Cake

Let’s face it, food is an extremely important part of any holiday gathering. So, if you’re seeking out some options regarding your upcoming Fourth of July picnic, barbecue, or party in Ocean City, here are a few spots to find your favorite culinary bites and decor items:

  • Morning light bites and dessert: It’s never too early to start the celebration on the Fourth of July and you’re also going to need some sweet and delicious treats for your holiday party! Visit Drip N’ Scoop, Ward’s Pastry, Bob’s Grill, and Mallon’s for all of your morning culinary delicacies, such as donuts, butter cake, and sticky buns, as well as desserts for the party, including cupcakes, cookies, and other tempting treats.
  • Sandwich platters: Sandwich platters are a great way to feed the hungry Fourth of July crowd. Two spots where you can order large, delicious sandwich platters include Blitz’s Market and Boyar’s Market. You’ll also find all of your favorite chips and side dishes at these shops.
  • Bread offerings and ready-to-serve entrees: Take care of two culinary necessities at one shop when you purchase all of your freshly-baked bread and ready-to-serve Italian delicacies at Bennie’s Bread.
  • Candy treats: If you find yourself on Asbury Avenue and have a craving for sweet candy treats, then Rauhauser’s is the spot to visit. For boardwalk shopping, your options are wide and varied. Some of the spots where you can buy your favorite candies, fudge, salt water taffy, and more include Shriver’s, JiLLy’s Candy Factory, George’s Candies, and other boardwalk-based candy shops.
  • Grilling meats: Boyar’s Market is a great spot to buy a wide array of poultry and meats for your Fourth of July cookout. All you need is a grill and you’re all set!

Beverage Options Galore

Doylestown Beer Authority Beer (674x800)With all of the food options listed above, you’re going to need some beverages to accompany your upcoming feast. For the adult beverage crowd, you’ll have to head over the bridge, but don’t worry, as you can make the trek over 9th Street bridge to Circle Liquor Store or 34th Street bridge to Boulevard Super Liquors to grab all of your beer, wine, cider, and liquor items.

Decorate Your Home and Yard in Patriotic Decor

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When you’re throwing a holiday party, you want to make it look like as festive as can be. Head over to Hoy’s 5 & 10 at 732 Asbury Avenue or 34th Street and West Avenue for a wide array of Fourth of July decor items and party supplies, including cups, plates, utensils, napkins, and other must-have items.

 

6 Fun Things to Do with Mom this Mother’s Day in and Around Ocean City

On Sunday, May 12, treat Mom to some fun and entertainment on her special day in and around Ocean City.

From dining to shopping, the options are wide and varied, but all are great ways to show your mother just how much you care. Here are some ideas to help you start the brainstorming process:

  • Shopping Along Asbury Avenue: Many moms would love to spend their special day shopping and Asbury Avenue offers a great stretch of stores in which she can indulge in a shopping excursion. Some of the spots you may want to pop into include Stainton’s, Seagrass Boutique, Artisan Body Products, Sunsmiles Sandals and Beachwear, She’z the Boss, Ta-Dah, and many more!
  • Stroll the Boardwalk: Take Mom up to the boardwalk for a day of strolling, shopping, dining, and entertainment. The Ocean City boardwalk offers a great spot to take part in many different Mother’s Day activities throughout the day. Bring her into Marty’s and Henry’s for some Mother’s Day shopping, which she is sure to enjoy.
  • Mini-Golf the Day Away: As summer quickly approaches, more and more shops and activity spots are opening their doors, including mini-golf locations. Bring Mom to Congo Falls Adventure Golf at 1132 Boardwalk for some mini-golf fun.
  • Amusement Rides for the Adventurous Mom: If your mother is the adventurous type, bring her to Gillian’s Wonderland Pier on Mother’s Day where all moms ride for free on Sunday, May 12.
  • Dine Out This Mother’s Day: Many moms just want a day off from cooking on Mother’s Day and if this sounds just about right, make sure Mom doesn’t have to lift a finger in the kitchen on Sunday. Many spots in and around Ocean City are offering brunch, lunch, and dinner options for Mother’s Day, including Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, Jon and Patty’s, OC Surf Cafe, and more.
  • Wine Tasting in South Jersey: For the wine-loving moms out there, wine sipping throughout South Jersey is an option. Various wineries throughout South Jersey (a short drive from Ocean City) will be offering wine specials, complimentary tastings, and other fun things for your mother to enjoy. Each winery will offer something different on this special day. Some of the winery options include Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery, Balic Winery, and White Horse Winery.

However you choose to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12, just make it a beautiful and relaxing day. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Over the Bridge: Somers Point Bayfest Returns April 27

In its 30th year, Somers Point Bayfest makes its return on Saturday, April 27.

Head down to Bay Avenue in Somers Point from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. for this popular one-day festival which offers live entertainment, food vendors as far as the eye can see, artisan vendors, environmental information booths, and kid’s activities to keep the one young ones entertained.

Proceeds raised from the annual event go to fund special projects for the Somers Point community. Funds from past years were used to install new public beach playground equipment, place lovely banners along Bay Avenue, improve Bud Kern Field, and so many other projects.

The live entertainment offerings will be in full swing all day long with music by the following bands:

You’re certain to work up an appetite during Somers Point Bayfest and you’ll find plentiful food options to choose from ranging from savory to sweet and including seafood specialties, sandwiches, light bites, sweet treats, and more.

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Be sure to bring the kids along for the day’s events as there will be plenty of fun, kid-friendly activities taking place which are certain to keep the young ones entertained.

Somers Point Bayfest is also a great time to do some shopping and gather some important information about the environment, as vendors and environmental information providers will also be on hand throughout the festival.

Parking for this rain-or-shine event is available at Bud Kern Field and Fire Hall #1, with disabled parking available at the theater parking lot.

Don’t miss a day of fun, food, and live entertainment in Somers Point, just a short drive over the bridge from Ocean City!

Not-to-be-Missed Events Taking Place This Weekend in Ocean City and on the Mainland

Springtime has arrived and the event season in Ocean City is starting to unfold in full force. This weekend brings plenty of entertainment options for you to enjoy on the island and on the mainland as well. From strolling pups to a new brewery, you’re going to have your fill of fun and excitement in South Jersey.

Here’s what’s taking place this weekend:

  • Somers Point Brewing Company is now open: The Somers Point Brewing Company had its grand opening yesterday, Thursday, April 11, and will be open throughout the weekend for you to try the newest brews to hit South Jersey.
  • Somers Point April in Paris: Every year, Somers Point holds its April in Paris event throughout the city. This year’s event is now under way and runs through Sunday, April 14, with Parisian-themed dining, events, music, and more.
  • Doo Dah Parade: Get ready for the basset hounds to parade down Asbury Avenue (more than 500 basset hounds!). The Doo Dah Parade will unfold on Saturday, April 13, at noon, running along Asbury Avenue, from 6th Street to 12th Street, and then heading up to the boardwalk to promenade back down to 6th Street. This is one of the kickoff events of the entertainment season in Ocean City and provides spectators with puppy-filled fun as basset hounds and their owners walk down Asbury Avenue, dressed in costumes, alongside marching bands, floats, and more. Special weekend guest, and host of the Mr. Mature America Pageant later that evening, Barbara Eden, will be the grand marshal.
  • Mr. Mature America Pageant: Do you have your tickets yet for the Mr. Mature America Pageant on Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m.? If not, don’t worry, as there are still some tickets left for this fun and entertaining event at the Music Pier. Gentlemen ages 55+ will compete against one another in a variety of categories, including interview, talent, poise and appearance, and an on-stage question. Barbara Eden will be the esteemed host of the evening. Grab your tickets today for this wonderful Ocean City event on Saturday night and see who gets crowned Mr. Mature America!

In addition to these aforementioned events on the calendar, more stores and restaurants will be opening their doors as the summer season quickly approaches, so be sure to check to see if your favorite seasonal shop or eatery is now open for business.

 

 

Happening Tonight: Ocean City PBA 61 Fundraiser at DiOrio’s Circle Cafe

Make plans to attend the Ocean City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Local 61 fundraiser tonight at DiOrio’s Circle Café in Somers Point and help raise money to support the Ocean City PBA.

The fun unfolds at DiOrio’s tonight, Saturday, April 6, from 6–9 p.m., and is an excellent way to help the Ocean City PBA Local #61 to raise money to support many wonderful community efforts, including scholarships for local students and events to support the community.

Tickets are $25 per person and the price includes draft beer, wine, food offerings, plus the opportunity to take part in raffles and purchase 50/50 tickets. If you don’t have your tickets yet for tonight’s event, don’t worry, as tickets will be available at the door.

Spend the evening at DiOrio’s enjoying excellent food and beverage offerings and helping to raise money to support Ocean City PBA Local 61 and all that this wonderful organization does for the benefit of the Ocean City community.

Over the Bridge: Linwood Farmers Market Opens for the Spring Season on April 6

Have you been craving farmers market goods during the off-season and eagerly anticipating the spring season opening of the Linwood Farmers Market? If so, that time is now!

Linwood Farmers Market will start its spring season on Saturday, April 6, at its usual location in Central Square at 199 New Road in Linwood. From farm-fresh veggies to unique artisan goods, the Linwood Farmers Market has it all. The farmers market will operate every Saturday through May 11, from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Ready to take a peek at a few of the Linwood Farmers Market participants who will be selling their products during the spring season? Here are some of the wonderful farmers and vendors who will be on hand during the farmers market festivities:

And, make sure you attend the market on opening day to enjoy some special treats for the seasonal grand opening, including the following:

Make plans to explore the Linwood Farmers Market on the morning of Saturday, April 6, and enjoy fresh-from-the-farm products and handmade items from local vendors (and support local farmers and artisans at the same time!).

 

Somers Point Brewing Company to Open April 11

This just in! Somers Point Brewing Company, located at 705 West New York Avenue in Somers Point, will be opening its doors for the first time to the public on Thursday, April 11, from 4–9 p.m.

Be one of the first guests to see the newest brewery in South Jersey and indulge in Somers Point Brewing Company beverage offerings on opening night.

If you’re unable to make it to the opening night on April 11, stop by during one of the following times to sip some Somers Point Brewing Company brews:

  • Friday, April 12: 2–9 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13: noon–9 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 14: noon–6 p.m.

Congratulations to the Somers Point Brewing Company team on your upcoming opening!