The Margate Business Association has announced a lineup of events that will keep residents and visitors busy this summer beginning with the Margate Fire Department’s annual fire prevention for children event 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28 behind the Margate Public Library, 8100 Atlantic Ave.

Children will see live demonstrations, watch firefighters don safety gear and get a turn at squirting the fire hose. The event is capped off with hot dogs and ice cream.

MBA staffers will be hitting the streets this summer to give away small reusable tote bags to encourage visitors to “Shop Small.” The giveaway is in support of minimizing and eventually eliminating the use of plastic bags, according to MBA Executive Director Anna Maria Blescia-Courter.

The first 200 guests to visit the MBA booth at Beachstock: The Planet’s Biggest Beach Party 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 30 will receive a free bag, she said.

This year’s Beachstock includes a zip line, Sprint-sponsored charging stations, new music and special performances. Children and adults will limbo and hula with professional dancers from the South Pacific Island Dancers and enjoy a wide variety of entertainment at the 95.1 WAVYV Kids Stage.

The event, which features a myriad of food choices, vendors and activities, including lifeguard competitions, sand sculpting lessons, volleyball and free skin cancer checks, will be held on the beach between Granville and Huntington avenues.

The Bay Atlantic Symphony returns for a second year with the patriotic Independence Day concert 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at the Dominick A. Potena Performing Arts Center, 7804 Amherst Ave. Margate residents can obtain four free tickets at the Margate Public Library. Tickets will be available to the general public starting June 16.

On July 4, the Margate Mothers Association presents the annual fireworks display on the beach.

Thursday, July 5 marks the start of Thrilling Thursdays, which includes free beach days with no tags required, sidewalk sales at local businesses, the weekly Margate Community Farmers Market 8:30 a.m. to noon at Steve & Cookies By the Bay, 9700 Amherst Ave., and free Moonlight Movies on the beach at 8 p.m.

The movie lineup includes:

  • July 5 – “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” PG-13 and Lucy the Elephant crafts
  • July 12 – “The Greatest Showman” PG and Ray Scott’s Dock Terrapins: Why are those turtles crossing the road?
  • July 19 – “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” PG-13 with Wawa coupons
  • July 26 – “Coco” PG-13 and music by USA DJ Entertainment
  • Aug. 2 – “Black Panther” PG-13 and ACUA mascot Supercan: Test your recycling knowledge
  • Aug 9 – “LaLa Land” PG-13 and JCC Yoga with Peggy
  • Aug. 16 – “Smurfs: The Lost Village” PG and Sustainable Downbeach telescope night
  • Aug. 23 – “Justice League” PG-13 with Wawa coupons
  • Aug. 30 – “Beauty and the Beast” PG and a special activity to be announced

Everyone can celebrate Lucy the Elephant’s 137th birthday at a party in her honor 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 21 at the National Historic Landmar, 9200 Atlantic Ave. The party includes children’s activities, amusements, tours and of course, birthday cake.

The annual Margate Memorial Lifeguard Races will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday,

Aug. 3 at the Decatur Avenue beach.

And on Monday, Aug. 6, Jewish Family Service of Atlantic and Cape May Counties will hold its 31stannual JFS House Tour, which gives guests a rare opportunity to see inside some of the fabulous homes in Ventnor, Margate and Longport. Tickets are available at

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