Best Things to do in New Jersey in July

Summer fun is just getting warmed up—literally. We’re excited to explore the best events of July, and hope you come along for the ride. Here’s a list of the top things to do and see to escape the heat and soak up every ounce of summer fun New Jersey has to offer. From music festivals to boat races, take a look and add these events to your summer calendar.

Oceanfest | Long Branch

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photo via thisisnewjersey.com

When: July 4

Why: Oceanfest is the largest Independence Day event in New Jersey and draws a crowd for good reason: music, food, entertainers, and a spectacular fireworks display. It’s the perfect storm of 4th of July celebrations.

 

Fireworks on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk | Point Pleasant

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When: July 4

Why: Wherever you are for the 4th of July, fireworks are bound to be on your itinerary. One of our favorite displays is at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk. Pro Tip: If you’re headed to Jenkinson’s on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday see how to save $10 each way.

 

Concerts at PNC Banks Center | Holmdel

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photo via pnccenter.com

When: Various nights in July

Why: Shows at the outdoor amphitheater start after 6:30pm, so it’s nothing but the stars and their sounds. Country, rock, or hip-hop, grab tickets to your favorite artists while you still can. Not near Camden? Check out the PNC Banks Art Center with a stellar lineup as well.

 

Summerfest Concerts | Brick

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photo via shorebeat.com

When: Various dates in July 

Why: If you’re posted up at the Shore but still want to catch some live, outdoor music fear not—Summerfest in Brick puts on a concert every week in July. You can check out the schedule here.

 

Bacon Fest | Tuckerton

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When: July 8–10

Why: This is everything it sounds like. Food trucks and vendors from New Jersey and Philadelphia bring the masses together with everything bacon. From Bacon Bloody Mary’s to bacon patties, bacon lovers, this one’s for you.

 

Beachglow Festival | Wildwood

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photo via beachglow

When: July 9–10

Why: A music festival for charity coming back for its fourth year on the beaches of Wildwood. Pro Tip: don’t forget to wear sunscreen.

 

New Jersey State BBQ Championship | Wildwood

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photo via toblog

When: July 9–10

Why: Held in conjunction with the Anglesea Blues Festival, this event is basically a 2-for-1 deal. And, as a qualifier for the World Food Championship, you can bank on the barbeque being some of the best you’ll have all summer (or maybe, ever).

 

New Jersey Sandcastle Contest | Belmar

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photo via nj.com

When: July 13

Why: Gather up a group and take your best shot at being a sand-sculpting artist. Or, just go for the Instagrams.

 

Surf & Turf Seafood Festival | Monmouth Park

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photo via njmom.com

When: July 16

Why: Everything you want on a summer day. Pro Tip: Don’t miss Ike’s Famous Crabcakes.

 

NJ Crab Festival | Wildwood

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photo via queenvictoria.com

When: July 16

Why: The Ice House Restaurant puts on a block party-style festival with bushels of blue claw crabs, a beer garden, and live music. “Why not?” is the question.

 

12th Annual Celtic Festival | Cape May

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photo via shawneemt.com

When: July 16

Why: Who says Irish festivities are just for St. Patrick’s Day? Head here for a day full of Celtic dancing, crafts, music, and beer.

 

Sea Isle Baby Parade | Sea Isle

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photo via pressofatlanticcity.com

When: July 19

Why: This event is essentially an excuse to dress kids up in costumes on a day other than Halloween. Applications are required before entry.

 

St. Ann’s Italian Festival | Hoboken

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photo via nj.com

When: July 19

Why: If there’s one thing for sure, Italians know food. Head to this festival and stuff yourself with arancini balls and zeppole. Not sure what zeppole is? Go there and find out.

 

Blues and Brew Festival | Asbury Park

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photo via nj.com

When: July 19

Why: Grab a lawn chair, request an Uber (we can fit it in the trunk), and take a seat at the pavilion in Asbury park and enjoy live jazz and craft beer. Dancing encouraged.

 

Monmouth County Fair | Monmouth

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photo via monmouthcountyparksystem.blogspot

When: July 27–July 30

Why: If you’ve never seen racing pigs or had a 4-H milkshake, you are in for a treat. Head to the fair for a day full of exploring.

 

34th Annual Festival of Ballooning | Readington

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photo via everfest

When: July 29–31

Why: The largest hot air balloon and music festival in North America, this has been voted one of the top attractions in the country. Go and you’ll understand why.
 

Chip Miller Surf Fest | Ocean City

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When: July 29–31

Why: This charity event in support of the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation (CMAF) is one of the largest surfing events on the East Coast. Come out see some of the top names in surfing hang ten.

Ready to go? Wherever you’re headed this July, you can count on us for a ride—no reservations needed.


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