For 68 years, Ocean City's Night in Venice has been one of the biggest spectacles of the summer at the Jersey Shore and this year's theme brings together the best of Philadelphia to South Jersey.

This year's event is Saturday, July 29th, with the parade starting at 6 PM.

The theme for this year is “It’s a Philly Thing” and according to the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce it's, "a chance to celebrate the rich history and culture of the Philadelphia region in sports, music, food, education, government, and more."

Along the boat parade route, there will be grandstand seating along the bay that is free on a first-come, first-served basis from Battersea Road to 16th Street.

Boat parade route

The parade will start near the Ocean City-Longport Bridge then maneuver in and out of lagoons along the bayside to Tennessee Avenue.

Getting around town

There will be free parking and shuttle service from 4 to 10 PM to/from:

  • Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue
  • Soccer Field at Tennessee Avenue, located off Shelter Road
  • Ocean City Municipal Airport at 25th Street and Bay Avenue

Be careful where you park

Parking restrictions in the city will be strictly enforced starting at midnight on Friday, July 28th, through midnight on Saturday, July 29th.

Jim Gardner

The grand marshall for this year's Night in Venice is retired Action News anchor Jim Gardner and there will be some famous sports mascots, too.


After the parade, there will be fireworks launched from a barge in the bay north of the 9th Street Bridge.

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