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CoverStory The Fourth of July may be about celebrating the birth of our nation, but it also is about the fireworks. While towns throughout the country will shoot off their shows over parks and baseball fields, there is nothing like the view from the Jersey Shore. Here are some places to get your pyrotechnic fix this Independence Day.   H Seaside Heights will continue its tradition of Fourth of July fireworks with a display at 9 p.m. on Independence Day and again Wednesday as part of the regular weekly fireworks show. Spokesman Peter Smith said the show should last about 15 minutes and can be seen anywhere along the boardwalk. For more information, call (732) 793-9100.   H Fireworks will be the finale July 4 at Long Branch’s 16th annual Oceanfest. The fireworks will kick off around 9:30 p.m., said Nancy Kleiber, executive director of the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce. The best spot for viewing the show, she said, is along the Oceanfront Promenade. For more information, call (732) 222-0400.

H Lavallette will commemorate the Fourth of July with a weekend of celebration. Joy Grosko, director of the Lavallette Heritage Committee, said there will be a concert at 8 p.m. Sunday at the gazebo on Philadelphia Avenue and Bay Boulevard. The orchestra will play right up until the fireworks display, take a five-minute break, and then play straight through the fireworks show. The display should last about 20 minutes and can be seen anywhere on the beach from the yacht club to Ortley Beach. For more information, call (732) 793-3652.

Check out these locations — then choose your favorite, sit back and be dazzled!

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will celebrate the Fourth of July on the Navesink River with fireworks, amusements and musical entertainment. Carol Vivona, borough clerk and member of the KaBoom! Fireworks committee, said the 25-minute fireworks display will begin around 9:15 p.m. Monday. The show can be seen from anywhere along the river but especially from Marine Park, Vivona said. For more information, call (732) 530-2740.   H Freehold will host its annual Independence Day celebration from 5:30 to 10 p.m. July 4 at Freehold Raceway on routes 9 and 33. Jayne Carr, executive director of the Freehold Center Partnership, said the celebration will feature vendors, amusements, a fireworks display and musical entertainment. The fireworks display will begin around 9:20 p.m. For more information, call (732) 462-3584.   H Asbury Park will hold its third annual Fourth of July parade, festival, and fireworks show July 4. The festival begins at noon in Bradley Park, followed by a parade beginning at 2 p.m. at Press Plaza. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. and can best be seen from the Fourth Avenue beach and the boardwalk. For more information, call (732) 502-9310.

H Beachwood will have its 66th annual Fourth of July fireworks show on July 4. Beverly Clayton, town councilwoman, said the 25-minute show will begin at dusk and can be seen along the Toms River in Beachwood, Pine Beach, Toms River and Island Heights. For more information, call (732) 240-2608.

H Manasquan will host Independence Day festivities beginning 6:15 p.m Sunday with a parade stepping off from the Coast Guard Station on First and Ocean avenues. A fireworks display will go off around 9:15 p.m. and can be seen anywhere along the beach. For more information, call (732) 223-0544.   H Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach will host its annual fireworks starting around 9:15 p.m. on the Fourth of July. The show will last about 25 minutes, said spokeswoman Mary Lou Halvorsen, and can be seen from the boardwalk or beach at Jenkinson’s Pavilion. There also will be the weekly fireworks display on Thursday. For more information, call (732) 892-0600.

H The Keyport Business Alliance will host fireworks

at 9 p.m. Saturday. The show can be seen from West Front Street in Keyport. For more information, call (732)-946-2711 or visit on the Web.   H KEANSBURG Amusement Park, Route 36 East, will host fireworks at dusk both Monday and July 4. For information, call (732) 495-1400. If you would prefer to watch the fireworks on the water, there are plenty of Fourth of July fireworks cruises running this year.

H The Red Bank fireworks cruise leaves from the Belmar Mari-

na at 5 p.m. Monday and sails up the Shrewsbury River to Shrewsbury. The cost is $50 per person. For more information or to make reservations, call (732) 988-7760.

H The River Queen will have a three-hour dinner and fireworks cruise from

7 to 10 p.m. July 4 along the Manasquan and Metedeconk rivers. The boat sails from Bogan’s Basin at 800 Ashley Ave. in Brielle. Tickets are $49.50 for adults and $27.50 for children. The River Belle will have a pizza and fireworks cruise as well from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on July 4. The boat will sail along the Point Pleasant Canal and the Barnegat Bay and sails from Broadway Basin at 47 Broadway, Point Pleasant Beach. Tickets are $28.60 for adults and $19.80 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call (732) 528-6620.

H The Mimi VI sets sail at 5:30 p.m July 4. from Broadway Basin in Point Pleas-

ant Beach and returns around 10 p.m. The boat sails the Intercoastal Waterway and passengers will watch the Jenkinson’s Boardwalk fireworks from the ocean. Refreshments will be served on board. Tickets are $75 for adults and $40 for children age 12 and younger. For more information, call (732) 370-8019. ✹ — Heather Collura, Staff Writer

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