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.  

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Free and Low Cost Things To Do At The Jersey Shore This Summer


The economy appears to be on the rebound, Europe is exploding with hot lava, you want to save money but still go on vacation.  These are all perfect reason to plan your Jersey Shore Summer Vacation today.  Having something fun to look forward to is good for the mind and the soul. There are plenty of low cost or free things to do  and the Comfort Inn Middletown wants to be a part of your Jersey Shore vacation.  Make your reservations today, our two queen bedded rooms book up quickly.

This post focuses on what’s good for your wallet.  I tried to put together a list of free or low cost events that you and your family can enjoy on your visit to the Jersey Shore.  We’ll call this the first in a two (at least) part series on Jersey Shore events.  This one will discuss recurring events and the one(s) to follow will include more date specific features. Then we’ll do some posts with more specifics on some of the events we talk about here. Most of the events listed take place during the months of June, July and August on the dates specified.

ARTS & MUSIC:  If the arts  and music are your thing well you’ve come to the right place. The Jersey Shore has a deep history in both. Night of the Arts: A monthly arts event held on the third Friday of every month presenting a sampling of the best arts in Asbury Park. The event takes place in Downtown Asbury Park. Blues On The Beach Long Branch: A Sunday night music series featuring local bands playing jazz and blues taking place West End Park Brighton Avenue, Long Branch.  Atlantic Highlands Summer Concert Series: Each Sunday starting June 27th and running through throughout the summer.  Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor on Simon Lake Drive in Atlantic Highlands.   Belmar Friday Night Concert Series: A concert every Friday night by a variety of artists from July through September. *Weather Permitting at Pyanoe Plaza 9th and Main St, Belmar.

Farmers Markets all throughout the summer at the Jersey Shore

Keyport Farmers Market

FARMERS MARKETS: Who doesn’t love locally grown produce, fresh flowers and crafts? There are many Farmers Markets taking place throughout the area during the summer months. Belmar: Farmers market every Saturday from May through September sponsored by the Belmar Chamber of Commerce. Located at Pyanoe Plaza 9th and Main St, Belmar.  The Galleria Red Bank: This farmers market, runs every Sunday from May 9, 2010 – November 14, 2010 and offers fresh, locally-grown produce from some of New Jerseys finest farmers as well as showcasing unique crafts and wonderful eateries. The Galleria Red Bank Parking Lot Corner of Bridge Ave and West Front St, Red Bank. Manasquan: Locally grown fruit, vegetables and herbs. Great tasting baked goods and more. Every Thursday from June 24 – September 2, 2010, 9am to 3pm at Miller Preston Way, Manasquan.  Keyport: Annual farmers market running every Thursday from July through October. Fresh Picked, Jersey Grown, Fruits, Vegetables,Flowers, Jams and  Honey in Mini Park on West Front Street 1:00 PM to Sell Out.  Highlands:Wake up and smell the fresh flowers and just-picked Jersey-fresh produce available every Saturday from July through October at the Highlands Business Partnership’s weekly Farmers Market in Huddy Park, Highlands.

FIREWORKS: Ah beautiful eye candy. Keansburg Amusement Park: Free fireworks show July 3 & and 4 and every Monday night at dusk July 12- August 9th at the Fishing Pier. The Lakewood BlueClaws Fireworks Fridays: Fireworks display after each home game Friday nights during the season. Lakewood BlueClaws Stadium is located at 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood. Asbury Park: Fireworks on the Asbury Park boardwalk every Wednesday from June through August. *Weather Permitting*Boardwalk, Asbury Park.

MOVIES: Who needs the drive in when you can settle your beach chair into the sand and catch a flick on the beach?  Free movie screening on the Asbury Park Beach: Every Thursday in July and August. Bring a beach chair or blanket. *Weather Permitting* Asbury Park Beach. Free movie on the beach in Belmar: Every Sunday from July through September. *Weather Permitting*8th Ave. Beach, Belmar. Website lists the movie schedule.

SIDEWALK SALES AND EVENTS: Yes, shopping costs money but only if you buy something. You are more than welcome to come “window shop” and enjoy two historic towns. First Saturday In Asbury Park: Spend the first Saturday of each month enjoying sidewalk sales, shopping, and dining under a variety of different themes.  Red Bank Street Life: Free entertainment on the sidewalks of Red Bank. Red Bank Business District. Saturdays June 5 through August 28th.

SPORTS: Monmouth Park Family Fun Days: Family Fun Days are every Sunday and Holiday Memorial Day to Labor Day from 12 noon – 4 pm. All Activities are FREE and include:Pony Rides, Face Painters, Clowns,Bounce House & Live Music. Grandstand admission is $3, children 12 and under are always admitted free. Henry Hudson Trail: A multi-purpose train in Monmouth County.  Read our previous post on this local gem here.

Monmouth County has a rich County Park System most of which are free to enter.  Check out their website to see all of the things they have to offer.  There’s gardens, beaches, golf, fishing, boating, horseback riding and much more.

This is only a sampling of the great free and low cost things to do at the Jersey Shore. The Comfort Inn Middletown is your Choice Hotel when looking for a hotel at the Jersey Shore. Come stay with us, we want to share your vacation with you.