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Help us celebrate the beach reopening on Thursday!

Layout 1This Thursday, May 22, join the Manasquan Tourism Commission in celebrating the beach reopening at our annual Cocktail Kickoff!

For just $15, enjoy a drink and a full buffet at Leggett’s Sand Bar on First Avenue from 6 to 9 p.m. There will also be a beach badge giveaway.

This year’s Cocktail Kickoff is more special than usual — we’re celebrating our new, wider beaches, replenished over the winter by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ beach replenishment project. Even more room to spread out this summer!

Tickets are available in advance at Manasquan Lighting, The Coast Star, The Corner Bagelry, and Jaspan Hardware. They can also be purchased from any member of the tourism commission.

We hope to see you at Leggett’s on Tuesday! Until then, here are some recent photos of our beautiful beach and everyone’s favorite inlet.

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Sand Castle Contest coming soon


We are busy getting ready to host our annual Sand Castle Contest at Big Sea Day on the Manasquan beachfront on Saturday, Aug. 11. The popular event draws many each year, and even if you’re not interested in building a sand castle, be sure to stop by and check out the awesome sand sculptures the competitors create!

Courtesy of Sueanne Goss, Star News Group

Photo: Steve Wexler, Star News Group

Registration will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at the gazebo at Whiting Avenue. This year, there will be three categories:

  • Ages 1 to 7
  • Ages 8 to 15
  • The family category

Castle-builders will create their castles between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and judging will be held at 1 p.m. The winners will be announced after the judging. There will be first-, second- and third-place awards in each category, and there is a special Mayor’s Trophy.

Photo: Steve Wexler, Star News Group

Photo: Steve Wexler, Star News Group

The tourism commission has hosted the contest for the past 10 years and it is one of many of our summer events. It is intended to be a fun contest, while recognizing the most clever ideas and craftsmanship. The use of natural materials is an important part of the judging — using shells, driftwood and natural material from the beach is encouraged. Around 55-60 castles are built each year.

Photo: Sueanne Goss, Star News Group

Photo: Sueanne Goss, Star News Group

Tourism member Jim Coakley is the chairman of the Sand Castle Contest, and had the following to say:

This is always the highlight of my summer. It is fun to watch the younger builders create sand castles from the natural elements. Too, family rivalries have developed over the years and it is great to see which family grouping can win. The whole idea of the contest is to have fun on the beach. Of course, the contest is free. Big Sea Day and the Sand Castle Contest are a great way to enjoy our beautiful beach and celebrate summer in Manasquan.

As always, we hope to see you there!

Manasquan’s Patriotic Celebration Set For July 5

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It’s that time again — Manasquan is gearing up for its annual Patriotic Celebration!

This year, the festivities will take place on Friday, July 5. The Patriotic Bicycle Decorating Contest, with prizes, will be held at the Little League Field on Second Avenue. It is open to ages 0 to 12 with four age categories. Please arrive at 5:30 p.m. Judging will take place at 5:45 p.m.

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Then, at 6:30 p.m., our popular parade will kick off at the Squan Life Saving Station. Teens and adults with decorated bikes are welcome to join in the parade! And if you don’t feel like biking, join the hundreds of spectators that line the route.

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The parade will end at Main Beach for an evening of music and fireworks. The Billy Lawlor Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks will kick off at dark.

The rain date is July 6.

We can’t wait to see you there, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!

Bike Parade