In 2020, most towns opted to cancel their annual 4th of July fireworks due to COVID concerns. But it’s a new year, and the skies are set to burst with color once again. And what better way to celebrate the birth of our nation than with a cold libation? Here are five spots to have a drink while watching the 4th of July fireworks.
The Beer Garden
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will host their own fireworks show for the 4th of July, and there isn’t a better front-row seat than outside at the Borgata Beer Garden. Sip on a local craft beer like Garden State Brewing’s Blue Jersey Wheat Ale out of one of their signature 32-ounce souvenir cups while you watch the night sky light up. Borgata’s fireworks start at 9:20 p.m. Borgata is located at 1 Borgata Way in Atlantic City. Go to Borgata.MGMResorts.com.
Harry’s in Cape May
One of the most gorgeous spots in Cape May on any day of the year, the upstairs deck at Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grill at the Montreal Resort is the place to be for an incredible 4th of July celebration. Watch as the bartenders squeeze the fresh juice for their superb orange crushes right in front of you, and then make sure you order one – trust us, the version at Harry’s is not to be skipped. And beginning at 5 p.m. will be the annual performance from Springsteen tribute The E Street Shuffle. And the music of The Boss ends just in time for the fireworks – talk about an encore! Cape May’s fireworks start at 9 p.m. Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grill is located at 1025 Beach Ave. in Cape May. Go to MontrealBeachResort.com.
Ventura’s Greenhouse in Margate
The annual 4th of July fireworks return to Margate this year, and while anywhere on the beach would make for a fine spot to watch, we think the outdoor spaces at Ventura’s Greenhouse are just about perfect. Be sure to order up some munchies like clam strips, coconut shrimp or their awesome cheesesteak flatbread before the celebration begins, and by all means don’t be caught without a fine cocktail in hand to toast the birth of our nation. They blend up some incredible frozen summer drinks – think daiquiris, rum runners and the amusingly-named Iguana Colada, which mixes Myers Rum, pina colada mix and Midori melon liqueur for a bright green taste of heaven. Margate’s fireworks start at 9 p.m. Ventura’s Greenhouse is located at 106 S. Benson Ave. in Margate. Go to VenturasGreenhouse.com
The Point in
Who doesn’t love a really great tiki bar? Palm trees, tropical vegetation and sand as far as the eye can see make The Point in Somers Point feels like a tropical bayside oasis right at the Jersey Shore. And its location just across from the teetotaling town of Ocean City makes it a fine choice for viewing the fireworks without having to play by the rules. Try the Hawaiian Mule – a deliciously refreshing blend of Captain Morgan’s Pineapple Rum, ginger beer, pineapple juice, lime and a Bacardi floater. Ocean City’s fireworks start at 9 p.m. The Point is located at 990 Bay Ave. in Somers Point. Go to DoThePoint.com.
The Rusty Nail
A truly iconic surfer bar that has been around since the ’70s, The Rusty Nail in Cape May is always a fun place to hang. With a firepit and plenty of seating, this laid-back space is ideal for checking out the fireworks, which just so happen to be launched from a barge directly across from Congress Hall. An order of their famous strawberry wings and one of their tasty margaritas should set you up perfectly for the celebration. And if you don’t want to leave Fido at home, you are in luck as The Rusty Nail is dog friendly. Just be sure your pooch isn’t scared of loud noises before you bring them out for a night of fireworks. Cape May’s fireworks start at 9 p.m. The Rusty Nail is located at 205 Beach Ave in Cape May. Go to CapeResorts.com.