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Oceanfest is the biggest seasonal event on the Jersey Shore. Indeed, this family-friendly celebration is the biggest Independence Day event on the Jersey Shore and in the entire state of New Jersey.
The first Oceanfest was held in 1990. It was popular from the start and got bigger each year. Today hundreds of thousands of people descend upon Long Branch’s oceanfront promenade. Its first attendees were locals. Now people from points all over the Mid-Atlantic region come to Long Branch for Oceanfest.
If you’ve never attended Oceanfest, you may be wondering why it’s become so popular. Oceanfest offers live entertainment all day long. Both local and regional bands will be performing with singers, musicians, dancers, musical acts, clowns and more.
Food vendors will be there with dishes, snacks, beverages and desserts available for purchase. Delicious pizza, burgers, fries, barbecue, cotton candy, ice cream can all be found here plus many more favorites. There will be Arts & Crafts vendors from all over the Northeast. It’s fun to walk among the tables and see all the unique items.
You can also walk along the famous beachfront and enjoy the beautiful views and the ocean breezes. Marvel at a fabulous sand structure.
You can also enjoy a fabulous 4th of July Dinner Buffet at the Ocean Place Resort & Spa which is less than half a mile from Oceanfest.
Dial up the holiday mood as 9 pm approaches. Then it’s time for the spectacular fireworks display. Watch as the night sky lights up with circular bursts of colors, one after another. Those explosions of colors and their reflections in the water are incredibly beautiful and the perfect way to end our nation’s birthday celebration.
Long Branch Hotels
If you would like to visit Long Branch for the Oceanfest 2023 celebration, you should consider the following hotels. They’re all offering discounted rates which would save you money on your stay.
- Dunes by the Ocean 20% Discount
- Radisson Hotel Freehold 15% Discount
- Colts Neck Hotel Inn 15% Discount
- Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham Tinton Falls 15% Discount
- Sonesta Select Tinton Falls Eatontown 15% Discount
- La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Long Beach 15% Discount
- Bungalow Hotel 10% Discount
- Crystal Inn Eatontown 5% Discount
Many people go to festivals in RVs. lt has its advantages. You don’t have an RV? You can rent one and Green Vacation Deals recommends RVShare. See RV parks on the Jersey Shore and the RVs you can rent here.