An Olde Fashioned Fourth of July

From every mountainside, let freedom ring.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Cape May Strong - An olde fashioned fourth copy

Announcing Cape May's
Olde Fashioned
Fourth of July Celebration

It’s time to party like it’s 1776! This summer Cape May has put together a full schedule of events for the Fourth of July weekend. We invite all members of the Cape May community to join together in an Olde Fashioned Fourth celebration. Local residents, businesses, seasonal homeowners, and visitors are encouraged to participate in any or all of these family-friendly festivities. And when you do, we encourage you to post pictures and videos on social media using the hashtag #CapeMayIndependenceDay. Let’s come together as one community in the nation’s oldest seaside resort to show our true colors – Red, White, and Blue!

Show us your Red, White, and Blue!

Join in the celebration by decorating your home, or business in patriotic colors. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Best Home, Best Business, Best Nighttime Display, and Judge’s Choice.  

Sponsored by Crest Savings Bank.

The Winners Are:

  • Judges’ Winner: 304 Washington Street (Stacy Halbruner)
  • Best Nighttime Display: 1250-B Vermont Ave  (John Keuler)
  • Best Business Display: 1117 New Jersey Ave. (The Mission Inn)
  • Best Porch Display: 1379 Washington Street (Sandi Smith)
  • Best Home: 409 Jefferson Street (Chris Hulse)

Great Cape May Bake Off

Enter your best pie, cookie, or brownie recipe with a red, white, and blue theme (either icing or filling) in the Great Cape May Bake Off. Judging will take place on the porch of Elaine’s Sunday, July 5th, at 1 pm. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. 

Sponsored by Elaine’s of Cape May. 

The Winners Are:

Best Baker: Marissa Rohner – Cape May, NJ
  • 1st Place: Sandra Carberry – Elmer, NJ
  • 2nd Place: Hannah Kembel – Lexington, KY
  • 3rd PLace: Diana Cutshall – Cape May, NJ
  • 1st Place: Jan Pask – Cape May, NJ
  • 2nd Place: Rebecca Horin – Cape May Court House, NJ
  • 3rd Place: Lisa McAlonan – Villas, NJ 
  • 1st Place: MaryEllen Malloy – Mullica Hill, NJ
  • 2nd Place: Loretta Mestishen – Pottsville, PA
  • 3rd Place: Alice & Alyssa Fazio – North Cape May, NJ

Star Spangled Sand Sculpture Contest

On Saturday, July 4th, from 10 am to 2 pm, a sand sculpture contest will take place on the beach behind Convention Hall. The them is “A Patriotic Day at the Beach”. Judging will take place in three categories: Family Groups (All Ages), Individual Adult (Ages 13 & up), and Individual Child (Ages 12 & under). 

Sponsored by the Nature Center of Cape May, and New Jersey Audubon. 

The Winners Are:

Adult Individual Category:
1st Place, Marc Schaffer
2nd Place, Darrell O’Connor

Children’s Category:
1st Place, Grant and Greyson Goodwin
2nd Place, Christina Hamill
3rd Place, Goodwin

Family Category:
1st Place, Hamill Family
2nd Place, Melli Family
3rd Place, Zirkle Family

People’s Choice: Darrell O’Connor

Red, Bike, and Blue Virtual Bike Parade

Decorate your bike with red, white, and blue colors to show your patriotic spirit. Then take a picture or a 15 second video to enter to win a fun-filled prize package worth more than $100! Entries will be judged in two age groups: 12 years old and under, and 13 years old and older. Submit your photo or video by posting it on either Facebook or Instagram and tagging it with #cmredbikeandblue. Or you can submit via email at Entries must be posted or emailed by midnight on Saturday, July 4th.

Sponsored by Curious Cape May bike and walking tours. 

The Winners Are:

12  and Under Category: We received so many great entries for this category that we couldn’t pick just one winner! Instead, all entries will receive a coupon for free ice cream for their family at Fine Fellows!

Family Category:

  • First Place: Gabe, Julia, and Evelyn, submitted by Aaron Bracy. 
  • All other Family entries will also receive free ice cream from Fine Fellows!

Judge’s Choice: Becky Walder of The Beach Concierge.

Patriotic Pet Virtual Contest

Dress up your pet for a patriotic portrait. Then take a picture or 15 second video to enter to win prizes. Submit your photo or video by posting it on either Facebook or Instagram and tagging it with #cmpatrioticpet. Or you can submit via email at Entries must be posted or emailed by midnight on Saturday, July 4th.

Sponsored by Good Scents and the Boarding House.

The Winners Are:

1st Place: Daisy & Ivy – Tim Rang
2nd Place: Ike the Cat – Cathi Anne
3rd Place: Lilly – Kathy Ott
4th Place: Jazz – Caroline O’Rorke
5th Place: Chase – Jayne Macedo
Judges Choice: ZoeMae.NJ on Instagram

Let Freedom Ring!

On Saturday, July 4th, at 7:30 pm, join in the citywide bell ringing. Church bells will ring for approximately 30 seconds to celebrate our nation’s birthday. If you have a bell, feel free to join in from your porch or wherever you may be. If you don’t have a bell, download a bell ringing app on your smart phone to participate. Or just grab some pots and pans from your kitchen to help let freedom ring all over Cape May. 

Sponsored by Cape Resorts.


Patriotic Flyover featuring WWII Planes

Following the citywide bell ringing on Saturday, July 4th, at approximately 7:45 pm, turn your attention to the skies for a patriotic flyover. Featuring two WWII SNJ Advanced Trainer Aircraft, the flight path will cover the beach from the Coast Guard base to Cape May Point, and will also include parts of North Cape May. This spectacular flyover will be visible from anywhere in Cape May City so have your camera ready!

Sponsored by the City of Cape May and the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May.

Free Live Music in Rotary Park

Stop by Rotary Park on Saturday and Sunday nights from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm for free concerts featuring local musicians.

Sponsored by Seashore Sound.  

If you have questions about any events during Cape May’s Olde Fashioned Fourth of July, please send an email to


"With our visitors and residents safety in mind and due to the State's outdoor gathering mandate, we decided it was prudent to forego the fireworks display this year. In lieu of fireworks, we developed Cape May's Olde Fashioned 4th of July Celebration with numerous events and family friendly activities. We are also excited to feature the Let Freedom Ring citywide bell toll followed by the World War II Planes Patriotic Flyover on Saturday evening at 7:45pm. We hope everyone will enjoy and participate in these "new traditions" in Cape May and create memories for a lifetime."
Clarence Lear
Cape May City Mayor