Must-Have Necessities for a Day at the Beach in Ocean City and Where to Find Them

As the weekend of high heat and humidity wraps up, we can now look forward to some more comfortable temperatures. This means it’s the perfect time to lounge on the beach and enjoy cool ocean breezes and welcoming warm sun. Some beachgoers have it down to a science when they make the trek from their house or hotel room to the beach. Others might find that they are unsure where to find all of their beach necessities. For the latter group, OCNJ Happenings has some helpful tips on where to go for all of your must-have beach products.

Beach Cart

For those individuals who are bringing their family to the beach and plan to spend the entire day lounging seaside, a beach cart is an excellent item to have. Whether you are walking a short block to the beach or have a few blocks worth of trekking to do, beach carts are a great way to make the journey an easy one. Island Beach Gear stocks up on beach carts and you can find the right size and style which suits your gear-toting needs.

Beach Towels, Chairs, and Toys

If you need to stock up on beach towels for drying off after a refreshing swim or want to find the perfect beach chair in which to lounge, Hoy’s 5 & 10 is a great place to visit. With two locations in Ocean City, one at 732 Asbury Avenue and the other location at 34th Street and West Avenue, you’ll find plenty of options at this beach shop. Hoy’s 5 & 10 offers towels and chairs in a variety of styles, perfect for all members of the family. For the kids of the family, Hoy’s is also your go-to spot for beach toys and all of your sandcastle-building tools.

Swimsuits and Sandals

If you are due for a new swimsuit or forgot to pack one in your suitcase, there are plenty of options for swimsuit and sandal shopping in Ocean City. Some of the spots where you’ll find a wide selection of beach attire include SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear, Marty’s, and B & B.

Beach Lunch

Some beachgoers like to pack their own lunch while others who sit close to the boardwalk find their lunch options at one of the many boardwalk eateries. If you’re interested in having lunch from Blitz’s but didn’t grab your hoagie before hitting the beach, don’t worry, as Beach Bucket Lunch will deliver your lunch to you. Delivered in the perfect beach-themed bucket, you’ll choose a sandwich, hoagie, or salad and have your choice accompanied by a drink, chips, and Tastykake treat. Best of all, you don’t even have to leave the beach to grab lunch!

Once you have all of these beach necessities checked off the list, you are ready to get started with your day of sun and fun in Ocean City!

Start Making Plans for Night in Venice (July 13)

On Saturday, July 13, the 65th Annual Night in Venice boat parade will unfold in Ocean City and provide a fun and festive evening for all who attend.

Boat owners and bayside homeowners participate in this unique boat parade by decorating their boats and homes for all to see as they compete to win prizes for the best of their category. The boat parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Ocean City-Longport bridge and the boat procession continues all the way to Tennessee Avenue. The participating boats will weave in and out of the lagoons along the way, providing bayside homeowners with a birds-eye view of the creatively decorated boats with the “Celebrate! 65 Years of Night in Venice” theme in mind.

Night In Venice Villanova Boat (800x450)In addition to viewing the extensive parade of boats with eye-catching decorations and fun themes, there will be special guests taking part in this year’s Night in Venice, including singer Chubby Checker, Kate Flannery of “The Office” fame, broadway star Caissie Levy, and former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell.

For the best viewing spots for spectators, there will be grandstands set up at the end of various streets along the bay, running from Battersea Road to 16th Street, as well as at Tennessee Avenue. The grandstand locations can be found at the following streets:

  • Battersea Road
  • North Street
  • First Street
  • Second Street Marina
  • Fourth Street
  • Sixth Street
  • 11th Street
  • 13th Street
  • 15th Street
  • 16th Street
  • Tennessee Avenue

The stand seating is first-come, first-served, so you want to be sure to get there nice and early to reserve your spot for the big show.

And, after the boat parade ends, don’t go too far, as there will be an extraordinary fireworks display over the bayfront at 9 p.m.

If you’re looking to take your Night in Venice viewing one step further, Dockside Kitchen at 228 Bay Avenue is hosting a three-course prix fixe dinner from 4:30–7:30 p.m. and you can even stay for the fireworks display! Currently, 23 seats remain, so make your reservations ASAP for this delicious Night in Venice opportunity!

If you have yet to attend a Night in Venice event in Ocean City, you simply must go to see this exciting boat parade in person. If you are already a fan of Night in Venice, then you probably already have your desired viewing spot in mind.

Good luck to all of the participants and, to the Night in Venice spectators, have a wonderful evening viewing the 65th Annual Night in Venice parade!

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.

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

 

2019 Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City Has Arrived

The weekend we’ve been eagerly anticipating, Memorial Day weekend, is upon us!

It’s been a long winter and this weekend offers a chance to embrace the upcoming summer festivities along with honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Memorial Day weekend in Ocean City introduces the unofficial start to summer and this means that our favorite seasonal restaurants and shops will be opening their doors once again.

The following will highlight some seasonal openings and detail Memorial Day weekend activities throughout the town, including the must-attend Memorial Day service at the Ocean City Tabernacle.

Unlocking of the Ocean and Businsessperson’s Plunge

To kick off Memorial Day weekend, the city will be hosting its annual beachside event, the Unlocking of the Ocean and the Businessperson’s Plunge. This fun event will unfold at noon today, Friday, May 24, on the Moorlyn Terrace Street beach next to the Ocean City Music Pier. This annual event includes the ceremonial unlocking of the ocean for the summer season and features local vendors and business owners in business dress going for a celebratory swim as the Ocean City High School Marching Band plays “Pomp and Circumstance.”

All are welcome to attend and are encouraged to gather at the Music Pier starting at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony today will also include the recognition of an extremely important donation of a defibrillator by the local Coast Guard Auxiliary. The new defibrillator will be set up outside of the Music Pier and provide easy access to this important emergency medical equipment, should it be necessary to do so.

Ocean City Beach Patrol to Begin Guarding Beaches on Saturday, May 25

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Starting Saturday, May 25, the Ocean City Beach Patrol will be out on the beaches protecting the community as residents and visitors enjoy the first pre-summer swim in the Atlantic Ocean. The guarded beaches will be limited in number pre-season and include the following beaches from Saturday, May 25, through Friday, May 29:

  • St. Charles Place
  • Brighton Place
  • 8th Street
  • 9th Street
  • 10th Street
  • 11th Street
  • 12th Street
  • 26th Street
  • 34th Street
  • 58th Street

The beaches are guarded during the hours of 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on weekdays.

Be safe and only swim at guarded beaches during OCBP hours.

Now Open: Seasonal Restaurants and Shops to Visit

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Although some of our favorite restaurants and shops have been open year-round or had their seasonal opening around the time of the Spring Block Party weekend, others are just now putting out their awnings and opening their doors to the dining and shopping crowds. Some of your favorite seasonal spots which are now open or will open during Memorial Day weekend include the following:

  • Santucci’s: The moment we’ve been waiting for is now here! Santucci’s will be open today, Friday, May 24, at their new location at 944 Boardwalk.
  • Bungalow Bowls: The team at Bungalow Bowls (1054 Asbury) is opening a second location on the boardwalk and is hoping to open the new shop this Saturday, May 25. This is still tentative, but be sure to check out the new location at 816 Boardwalk this weekend to see if the doors are open.
  • Heart Beet Kitchen:  Heart Beet Kitchen is open for the season in Ocean City. You can find all of your healthy and delicious dining options at Heart Beet Kitchen, located at 801 8th Street.
  • Playa Bowls: Playa Bowls opened its doors for the season last week and will be serving up acai bowls, poke bowls, and other culinary delicacies at its location in the Promenade Food Court at 744 Boardwalk.
  • Mallon’s Homemade Sticky Buns: Now open daily, starting at 7 a.m., Mallon’s at 1340 Bay Avenue will be serving up all of its popular sweet treats for the summer crowd to enjoy.
  • Blitz’s Market: The second Blitz’s Market at 2100 Asbury Avenue is now open for the season.
  • Salty Seahorse: This new home decor and jewelry boutique opened its doors at 714 Asbury Avenue a few weeks ago and the Salty Seahorse is a shop you’re going to want to visit!
  • Beach Bucket Lunch: Spending the day on the beach and didn’t have a chance to pack lunch? No problem! Beach Bucket Lunch starts its lunch delivery service for the season today, Friday, May 24.
  • Crunchik’n: Crunchik’n is open for the season at 1348 Boardwalk and you can once again indulge in all of your menu favorites at this popular boardwalk eatery, including their exceptional Korean fried chicken with a wide array of sauces.

Dancing for Hailey Lemonade Stands

When driving, walking, or riding your bike around town this weekend, be sure to be on the lookout for Dancing for Hailey lemonade stands. Purchase a nice cold glass of lemonade and see your donation go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation! Some of the lemonade stand spots scheduled for Saturday, May 25, are as follows:

      • Acme (8th and West): 9–11 a.m.
      • Local Gym and Fitness (908 Asbury Ave.): 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
      • Randazzo’s (34th and Asbury): 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Memorial Day Service at the Ocean City Tabernacle

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And, the most important reason for this weekend is to honor those who have lost their lives fighting for our wonderful country and protecting our freedom. Don’t miss the Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 27, at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue) at 11 a.m. The service will include special guest speakers and the opportunity for the community to come together and honor those who have served.