By Patty Booth O’Neill
The 26th annual Oceanfest celebration was a huge hit this year as the Long Branch Promenade was packed from morning till night with vendors and visitors, many brandishing American flags on their vendor booths or clothing.
“The weather was perfect and the day went off without a hitch, said Nancy Kleiberg, Executive Director of the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce, who co-chaired the event with Ester Cohen, owner of Cedars and Beeches in Long Branch.
That’s a lot to say since Oceanfest drew hundreds of thousands people, even more as families flocked to the ocean later that evening to watch the amazing fireworks.
“It was a great collective effort of the city and the Chamber. They do so much work in preparation,” said Lisa George from the Chamber. “The City, the Chamber, our volunteers, we could never do it without them. All those parts of the puzzle that make it a great day to be in Long Branch on the Fourth of July.”
There were hundreds of vendors along the boardwalk, including food vendors, crafts, face painters, clothing, palm reading and much more.
“Long Branch had a little bit of everything for everyone,” George said.