Independence Blast! Along The Delaware River Waterfront

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CAMDEN, N.J. – Beginning on Saturday, July 2, 2011, the Camden and Philadelphia Waterfronts will host Independence Blast!, a three-day-long festival packed with multiple special events to help kick-off Independence Day celebrations along the Delaware River Waterfront. Independence Blast! Weekend on the Waterfront will be the centerpiece of the season, celebrating the patriotic Independence Weekend in two cities that share one waterfront.

Independence Blast! is open to the public, and the main event — a synchronized fireworks display from Camden and Philadelphia — will take place on Saturday at 9:30 p.m.

Some key events for the weekend include:

Saturday, July 2:

A free military-themed concert in Wiggins Waterfront Park featuring patriotic shows by the Air National Guard Band of the Mid-Atlantic at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The SUPER SCOOPER ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT ICE CREAM FESTIVAL at Penn’s Landing benefits the Joshua Kahan Fund as it continues its mission to “lick Leukemia!” The 13th annual All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival will be held from Saturday July 2nd from Noon to 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Indulge your sweet tooth for ONLY $7.00 per person, while supporting a worthy cause. For more information on the 13th Annual All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival or any other Joshua Kahan Fund event, please call (856) 310-JOSH (5674) or visit http://www.jkf.org.

Enjoy FIREWORKS on the Delaware River at 9:30 p.m. with Two Cities, One Waterfront Fireworks – a spectacular display synchronized by Camden and Philadelphia. Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden provides a free, family-friendly atmosphere to watch pyrotechnics launched from barges in the middle of the river. With a $10 donation, enjoy the fireworks from the Battleship New Jersey and have access to some of the best views, live music and entertainment, food and bar and concessions. A patriotic soundtrack will accompany this choreographed fireworks display, which will be simulcast on KYW Newsradio 1060 and amplified for everyone’s enjoyment along the Camden Waterfront.

Sunday, July 3:

Fam Jams expands to Wiggins Park in Camden with free family activities, including face painting, inflatable rides, concessions, and a children’s concert featuring the Dirty Sock Funtime Band, who frequently appear on Nick, Jr.

The SUPER SCOOPER ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT ICE CREAM FESTIVAL at Penn’s Landing benefits the Joshua Kahan Fund as it continues its mission to “lick Leukemia!” The 13th annual All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival will be held on Sunday, July 3rd from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Indulge your sweet tooth for ONLY $7.00 per person, while supporting a worthy cause. For more information on the 13th Annual All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival or any other Joshua Kahan Fund event, please call (856) 310-JOSH (5674) or visit http://www.jkf.org.

Don’t forget to stop by other Camden attractions on Saturday and Sunday, like the Adventure Aquarium and the Battleship New Jersey, both open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., or the Camden Children’s Garden, which is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Monday, July 4:

The Adventure Aquarium will be open from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and the Battleship New Jersey will be open from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The SUPER SCOOPER ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT ICE CREAM FESTIVAL at Penn’s Landing benefits the Joshua Kahan Fund as it continues its mission to “lick Leukemia!” The 13th annual All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival will be held on Monday, July 4th from Noon to 5:00 p.m. Indulge your sweet tooth for ONLY $7.00 per person, while supporting a worthy cause. For more information on the 13th Annual All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream Festival or any other Joshua Kahan Fund event, please call (856) 310-JOSH (5674) or visit http://www.jkf.org.

WMGK presents Styx and Yes in concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Tickets are available at livenation.com.

Transportation will be provided by the Waterfront Connection or the RiverLINK Ferry. Parking is available at the end of Cooper Street in Camden. Visit http://camdenwaterfront.com for details.

These events are made possible through a joint partnership between Camden County, the City of Camden, Cooper’s Ferry Development Association, Inc., the City of Camden Parking Authority, Adventure Aquarium, Camden Children’s Garden, Battleship New Jersey, the City of Philadelphia, and the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation.

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