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OCEAN CITY, N.J. --- Ocean City will celebrate Thanksgiving twice this year. Later in November but first on August 24th when it will treat its loyal vacationers to an evening of

entertainment capped by a gigantic fireworks display. (Rain date, Sunday August 25th)


“We have a lot to be thankful for,” declared Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber Commerce.

“First we were able to bounce back quickly from Hurricane Sandy, thanks to quick and decisive action by the City and the efforts of an army of volunteers headed by OCNJ.CARE.

Assistance Centers were set up immediately in order to feed and clothe those in need.

By New Year’s Eve we were able to host10, 000 visitors during our popular First Night Celebration.

“We are very fortunate to have very loyal residents, vacationers and summer residents who enjoy living and vacationing in a family oriented town. We were blessed by the completion of a new $300 million Causeway that has become a major attraction in itself. It provides an immensely popular recreational facility including biking and walking paths overlooking the scenic Bay and Ocean City landscape plus fishing and boat docks.

“We will begin the celebration at 7:30 p.m. in front of the Music Pier with a program non-denominational “prayer and song” by local clergy and area choirs. At 8 p.m. we will present entertainment throughout the Boardwalk featuring bands, strolling entertainers and costumed characters. At 10 p.m. there will be huge fireworks display ignited from a barge in the ocean.

“Our business community is bouncing back for which should be very thankful. We should have a decent season if the weather continues to cooperate,” said Gillian.

“We would also like to thank the generous sponsors who are making this celebration possible. They include the Pepsi Cola Company, the Wagman Corp., a major supplier of the new causeway construction, Shamrock Towing and the Boardwalk Merchants Assn. with special assistance from Chuck Bangle of Manco and Manco.”

For information, contact the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-BEACH-NJ.