Squan gears up for Fourth of July celebration

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The bike parade is a highlight of Manasquan's Fourth of July celebrations. FILE PHOTO / THE COAST STAR

MANASQUAN — The Manasquan Tourism Commission is gearing up for its annual Fourth of July Celebration this summer.

The annual celebration will be held on Saturday, July 1 and will feature a bike decorating contest, a parade, a concert and fireworks to cap off the evening.

The celebration will begin at 5:15 p.m., when droves of patriotic children will ride their bikes down to Stockton Lake park to see who has the most red, white and blue on their bikes for the bike decorating contest.

Judging for the contest will begin at 5:45 p.m., according to Lynn Sauer, tourism commission member.

“They’re judged on how well decorated, creative and patriotic [the bikes] are,” said Ms. Sauer.

According to Ms. Sauer, there are four separate age groups — 4 and under, 5 and 6 year olds, 7 and 8 year olds, and 9 to 12 year olds — and five categories for each group.

“Five trophies awarded in each age group,” said Ms. Sauer. The trophies are provided by B&B Trophy in Manasquan. Along with a trophy, the winners will also receive Manasquan Money. The bike decorating contest is sponsored by the Manasquan Beach Improvement Association.

After the bike decorating contest prizes are awarded at 6 p.m., there will be a parade featuring the patriotic bikes, the Manasquan Fire Department, Manasquan First Aid Squad, local community organizations and classic cars. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. and start at First and Ocean avenues and make its way down to Whiting Avenue, then along the boardwalk to Main Beach.

At the end of the parade on Main Beach, three volunteer groups will be honored.

Each year, the tourism commission selects one individual or group that has made an “outstanding contribution” to the Manasquan Community. This, the borough’s first responders — Manasquan Hook and Ladder No. 1, Manasquan Volunteer Engine Co. No. 2 and the Manasquan First Aid Squad — will be honored.

Following the parade will be a concert on Main Beach at 7:30 p.m., with fireworks to follow around 9 p.m. The concert and fireworks are sponsored by Leggett’s and the Brielle River House.

The rain date for the Fourth of July celebration is Sunday, July 2.

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