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by Suburban Family-- Editorial Staff

July 4: Red, White and Blue
The Jersey Shore and Independence Day Weekend just seem to go hand in hand. Ocean City has a full agenda of events for families, including a kite flying competition right on the beach, fireworks show when the sun goes down on the Boardwalk, bike parade and star spangled salute to the country.
All day at Ocean City,

July 9-10: Pig Out
Skip the sand for a weekend of bacon bites, dishes and more at the NJ Bacon Fest. Food trucks, restaurants and chefs will converge on the Tuckerton Seaport for a tasting event with all of the bacon you could ever want. There will also be over two dozen varieties of craft beer for pairing, cooking demos, mechanical pig rides, live music and so much more.
11 a.m. at the Tuckerton Seaport, Tuckerton,

July 11-12
The kings of summer come to the Shore to help everyone get into the swing of the season. The Beach Boys will be at Music Pier for two nights, playing their classic surfer boy hits right on the Shore. It’s the perfect way to embrace the nostalgic sounds of summer, right on the sand.
6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (both days) at Music Pier, in Ocean City,

July 23: Start Your Engines
Walk the boards and take in dozens of antique rides at the Jersey Cape Region Antique Automobile Club of America Antique Car Show. Guests can browse old and renovated vehicles with the hoods up, and get transported back in time to when these cars dominated the streets.
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the 16th-26th Ave. Boardwalk, North Wildwood,

July 23: Birthday Bash
Join Margate’s historic Lucy the Elephant as she celebrates her 135th birthday I style. The entire beach town comes out to celebrate with tours of Lucy, food vendors, a birthday cake, tarot card readings and games.
10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Lucy the Elephant,

August 6: Feeling Crabby
Get your fill of fresh shellfish straight from the source at the 5th Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival. Along with a full spread of steamed crab, crab cakes and more shellfish, guests will also get to try a variety of craft beers from around the area and beyond. There will also be live performers, craft vendors, a farmers’ market and more, making it a full day of family fun.
11 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May,

August 14: Batter Up
Step up to the plate and swing away for a good cause. Now in its seventh year, the Sea Isle City Wiffle Classic is a full day of fun and competition benefitting Autism Speaks. Registered teams face off in a bracketed tournament, and there are also competitions for Best Team Name, Fun Stars and Best Uniforms, as well as snacks and prizes for visitors and fans.
9 a.m. at Dealy Baseball Field, Sea Isle City,

August 17: Up in the Clouds
Look up or you’ll miss the riveting USAF Air Demonstration Squadron and their mind-blowing tricks. The Thunderbirds come to Atlantic City to perform their aerial demonstrations, using F-16C Fighting Falcons and F-16D fighters. New to the show this year is a demonstration by the US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, a USMC mc-22 Osprey plane and a performance by the GEICO Skytypers.
Time TBA at the Atlantic City Boardwalk,

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 5 (June, 2016).
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