Woot Woot Here Comes Summer


I bet you’re curious…  Yes, this summer at the Jersey Shore is shaping up to be fantastic!  Schools are letting out in the upcoming days and it is time to think Summer Thoughts, namely Firework Displays.

Kaboom is still on the kabash for this year in Red Bank due to organizational and financial issues, but there are still plenty of nearby towns planning on providing spectacular visual entertainment for you and your family.

The longest running event during the Independence Day holiday at the Jersey Shore is the Atlantic Highlands Fireman Fair.  This unique town offers tremendous water views, great restaurants, a marina and fishing boats available to charter throughout the year.  The fair will be going on from July 2-July 6 at Municipal Harbor on Simon Lake Drive.  Circle your calendar for Fireworks on Friday, July 5th with a rain date of Saturday July 7th.

Hazlet is always a winner with fireworks.  Start your holiday weekend early by watching the Wednesday July 3rd display.  Get to Veterans Park, grab a prime spot and wait patiently for the sun to set. (Rain date Friday, July 5th)

Spend the day in Keansburg at the amusement and water parks.  Spend your night ooooing and aaahhhing at the colors exploding across the black canvas of the night sky.   They offer a double feature – Wednesday and Thursday July 3rd and July 4th at dusk – Fishing Pier and Boardwalk

Long Branch proudly presents Oceanfest on Thursday July 4th – all day free family fun can be found.  This annual festival is a crowd pleaser “for shore” with activities happening all day long starting at 10am.  What can be better than good old fashioned family fun at the Promenade in Long Branch!?!  Don’t forget to stop at Strollo’s Lighthouse and cool off or celebrate with an authentic Italian ice or delicious homemade soft serve ice cream.

Union Beach, one of the most devastated Monmouth County communities from Sandy’s wrath, did not have any plans to conduct their annual fireworks display.  Those residents have spent the last 210 days rebuilding their town and their spirits.  One resident entered a contest for a free community fireworks display and Won!  They have not yet posted a date for this wonderful gift that has been bestowed upon them.   Be sure to come and celebrate their victory in determination.  You will never meet a more deserving bunch of people.

So pack up the car and the kiddos – shoot, we’re pet friendly at the Comfort Inn Middletown, so bring the family pet too – and head on down the shore to Exit 117.  There is something to do every day here and we look forward to creating Summer 2013 memories with you!

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Ka-Boom went Ker-Splat in 2012


Well it’s a shame that this happened and I am sure there are people who are still lingering in disappointment since hearing that KaBoom Fireworks will not be displayed along the Navesink River in Red Bank this year.

It broke my heart when I saw it come across the wire.  For 50 continuous years, a fun family time of food, entertainment, catching up with friends, and most importantly fireworks was celebrated in the 2.2 square miles of Central New Jersey called Red Bank.  It was the party of all parties, a display of lights flashing across the night sky bedazzling spectators while synchronized to music played on Q104.3, but this year the night sky will be only illuminated from the light of the stars swirling around our universe.

I will need to rethink my plans for this year.  After all, there is still Long Branch.  They have Oceanfest along the boardwalk and promenade on Ocean Avenue.  Oceanfest lasts all day long and will tire out even the most energetic child.

Farewell KaBoom, maybe next year or possibly the year after, but I truly hope to see you again.  

Fun Events This Weekend at The Jersey Shore: May 21-23, 2010


Beach at the Jersey ShoreLooking for something fun to do at The Jersey Shore this weekend? It’s hump day and we’re already thinking about relaxing and attending some fun local events.  Bring the family, there are lots of fun events May 21-23, 2010 at the shore.  It’s the LAST weekend before summer season.  Beat the crowds and come visit us.  We’ve got some rooms left at the Comfort Inn Middletown-Red Bank but call soon our double-bedded rooms book up quickly.

If you like Sports, you’re in luck! The Jersey Shore is a hotbed of sports activity this weekend. It all starts Friday night, May 21st when the Lakewood Blue Claws play at home vs. West Virginia Power at First Energy Field 7:05pm. For an added bonus, there will also be a post game fireworks display.  Saturday, May 22 is Opening Day at Monmouth Park Race Track with FREE Grandstand Admission and half-price Clubhouse Admission to welcome race fans back to the park. Be sure to check out the Great Destinations Celebration Travel Show sponsored by the Star-Ledger. The Show features all the best that New Jersey has to offer.  Are you a Mets or Yankees fan? The SeaStreak Ferry is located 3 miles from the hotel and they are running their Saturday and Sunday package to the Subway Series at Citi Field on May 22 and 23.  Advance purchase on tickets is required.  Avoid the traffic and relax on board. Bar and food services available.

Not much of a sports fan but love the Arts? There’s plenty for you as well. May 21 is the monthly “Night of the Arts” in Asbury Park. Night of the Arts is a monthly arts event held on the third Friday of every month that presents a sampling of the best arts in Downtown Asbury Park.  Count Basie Theatre is featuring the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Saturday, May 22 at 8:00pm.  The Sounds of the Highlands Concert will take place at the Central Baptist Church, 3rd and E. Highland Ave., in Atlantic Highlands 7:30pm.  Featuring The Corialis Chamber Trio, a classical trio and the Dan Wilensky Quartet, jazz musicians. The 16th Annual Two Rivers Garden Tour features a tour of seven gardens in Rumson and The Grove West Organic Community Garden and will take place on Saturday, May 22, 2010.

There’s even something for you History buffs. Friday, May 21 at Sandy Hook there will be a World War II Defense Lantern Tour. This very special night tour takes a look at how Fort Hancock’s big guns protected New York City during the Second World War. Please bring a flashlight. Fort Hancock Museum at Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook Unit.  Then on May 23 the Hook will have Coastal Defenses Day from 12:00pm to 4:00m at the Fort Hancock parade Grounds. Fort Hancock return to life circa 1943 on this special day. Soldiers will be dressed in period garb and you can see how they lived at the time. Participate in loading guns, be a gun pointer and learn how to track ships, then visit the plotting room and learned how guns were aimed.

Events that don’t really fit into any mold? The Galleria Red Bank Farmers Market happens every Sunday until November 14 and offers fresh, locally grown produce from some of New Jerseys finest farmers as well as showcasing unique crafts and wonderful eateries. Located in The Galleria Red Bank Parking Lot Corner of Bridge Ave and West Front St, Red Bank.  Out on Sandy Hook participate in Ocean Fun Days at the New Jersey Marine Science Consortium, Building 22 at Fort Hancock from 11am to 3pm on Sunday, May 23.  It is their annual open house with exhibits, tours, touch tanks, crab races, kid activities and more.

The summer fun is starting already at the Jersey Shore and there much to do right near the Comfort Inn Middletown-Red Bank. Spend your weekend at the shore, on top of all of these great weekend events, there are great restaurants, pubs and attractions to experience.