Let Freedom Ring in the Heart of Cape May!
It is the best time of the year in Cape May: the 4th of July! There is no better place to let freedom ring and celebrate America than in America's Original Seaside Resort. As the first beach resort town in the United States and a vacation spot for several U.S. presidents, it is no wonder that there is a deep love and appreciation for our great country here in the heart of Cape May - and it shows. The Washington Street Mall is lined with hundreds of American flags, both big and small. We also have Liberty Way on the 500 block, numerous monuments dedicated to those who fought for our freedom, made-in-America products, patriotic concerts, and America-themed clothing and gifts. Clearly, the heart of Cape May is THE place to be this 4th of July.
Several events are scheduled on and around the Mall this weekend to the celebrate the 4th. First, we have our 50th Anniversary Kickoff happening Friday at 6pm at the fountain on the 400 block, adjacent to Casale's Shoes. We officially opened as the Washington Street Mall on June 24th, 1971, and we're so excited to be celebrating 50 years as Cape May's town square. Mayor Zack Mullock, city officials, Mall merchants, and others will give remarks on the Mall's impact on Cape May over the past 50 years and give best wishes for the future. Former Councilwoman Bea Pessagno, whose father was instrumental in the formation of the Mall, will reflect on the Mall's history and how it came to be. There may also be other surprises in store as well! This event is meant to kickoff our 50th anniversary and the celebration is likely to continue all year long.
Looking for live music this weekend? You got it! Music is scheduled in Rotary Park (just off the 400 block of the Mall) each night this weekend, including some fitting patriotic music. The 63rd Army Band, comprised of a diverse group of musicians from New Jersey's Army National Guard, kicks off the weekend Friday night. On Saturday night, relive America's swing era with the Jack Melton Swing Band. Finally, pregame the fireworks and enjoy history through harmony on the 4th of July with America's Sweethearts. All concerts start at 7pm, and don't forget to bring a beach chair or blanket as seating is limited. Come early and/or stay late and grab dinner or dessert at one of the Mall's fantastic dining options.
Cape May is setting off fireworks on the 4th of July from a barge off Steger Beach, which is a block off the Mall down Jackson and Perry Streets. If you position yourself right, you should be able to see them over the buildings along the Mall. If you are on the beachfront, be sure to swing by the Mall to get your obligatory post-fireworks ice cream cone. It is tradition!
Still need that 4th of July outfit? You're in luck! Numerous shops and boutiques on the Mall have the perfect outfit to show your American pride. Looking for some last-minute decor? Import Bazaar is your go-to spot for American flags of all sizes.
With festive decor, enjoyable events, and an overall exciting atmosphere, you do not want to miss the 4th of July in the heart of Cape May. As America's Original Seaside Resort, we do Independence Day right. We'll see you on the Mall!