Updated January 2nd, 2021
(Editors Note: As soon as plans are announced for the 2021 Independence Day fireworks, we’ll update this article accordingly. Below is the article from previous years’ festivities.)
Atlantic City continues to be on the rebound!
Gaming revenues are on the rise, visitor numbers are increasing, and by all accounts, the the newly remodeled Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and the Ocean Resort (both of which opened last summer) are doing well.
All of which means that Atlantic City’s 4th of July fireworks show this year should be more exciting than ever.
In fact, Atlantic City extends the party by having fireworks shows both on the Boardwalk, and in the Marina District. (There are other fireworks displays in the A.C. area, however this article concerns the tourist areas only).
In addition to these shows, the Tropicana Hotel & Casino lights off fireworks every Saturday night in the summer. (More on that below).
As for Independence Day, this year, the 4th of July falls on a Thursday.
This year’s show is graciously put on by the Borgata Hotel and Casino in the Marina District, and by the Tropicana on the Boardwalk.
Atlantic City Fireworks for July 4th
July 4th: 10 PM – Tropicana – Boardwalk/Beach
The Marina District fireworks will be fired from the same location as last year, the vacant land between The Borgata and Harrah’s.
There is a free public viewing area at the Borgata’s north entrance lot, and gates open at 6 PM on the 4th. It’s for all ages as well.
For those 21 and over, The Beer Garden at the Borgata is also open for viewing. There is no cover charge and the band, Stellar Mojo will begin playing at 7 PM until the fireworks go off at 9 PM.
The Boardwalk fireworks were shot off from both in front of the Tropicana and at the Steel Pier last year, and probably will be again in 2019.
It’s free, of course, to watch the fireworks in either area, but many casinos have viewing parties and promotions.
* Resorts Hotel and Casino, for example, had free live music last year at Landshark Bar & Grill, and at Margaritaville and both are expected to repeat that.
* Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City hasn’t announced plans, however in years past they have had beer and wine tents set up in the Waterfront Conference Center parking lot.
* Harry’s Oyster Bar & Seafood will have two different live bands on the 4th, and their location offers a great vantage point for the fireworks.
* According to Weather.com, conditions should be great for fireworks viewing tonight. They say the temperature in Atlantic City at 9 PM will be 76 degrees with just a 15% chance of rain.
* As with years past, the fireworks show will be orchestrated by a company called “Fireworks by Grucci.” This well-known fireworks company conducts fireworks shows around the world, including the annual massive New Year’s Eve show in Las Vegas.
* Atlantic City is a very popular destination for July 4th celebrations. Last year, beach lifeguards said it was the busiest weekend they had ever seen. According to the Press of Atlantic City, lifeguards estimated there were 100,000 people on the beach on the Sunday before Independence Day.
(Related: Atlantic City New Year’s Eve Fireworks)
Tropicana Atlantic City Weekly Fireworks
If you’re planning on being in Atlantic City the weekend prior or after to Independence Day, you’ll still get to see fireworks thanks to the generosity of the Tropicana Casino Resort.
Tropicana’s Weekly “Summer Celebration” fireworks are shot off on the beach just south of the beachfront in front of the Tropicana. The show lasts ten minutes.
These take place every Saturday night at 10 PM, until September 7th.
Ocean Resort Casino & Hard Rock Fireworks
It was a week early, but there were firework on Thursday, June 27th.
To celebrate their join one year anniversaries, (both casinos opened on the same day last year), Ocean Casino Resort and the Hard Rock AC had celebratory fireworks at 9:30 PM on Thursday, June 27th, 2019.
* Atlantic City casinos bring close to $3 billion in gaming revenue per year ($2.86 billion in 2018). This includes online gaming.
* In 2017, the city’s casinos saw an impressive 22% increase in gross operating profits over 2016. In 2018, revenues jumped 7 1/2% over 2017’s revenues.
* Atlantic City’s busiest casino in terms of revenue is the Borgata, with nearly twice the revenue of its closest competitor, the Hard Rock. Harrah’s and The Tropicana are typically neck and neck in third place.
By Steve Beauregard. Photo courtesy of the Atlantic City Casino Reinvestment Development Authority