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Weekend Planner (July 4 - July 10): Fireworks, Summer Concerts, Summer Festivals and more!

Posted by: NJ Kids Team - June 30, 2013


Dear Friends –

Summer is in full swing – and, if your family is anything like mine, as the temperature rises, we like to shed as many layers as possible and head off to the local pool or beach.  But whether the kids are clowning around in the pool or you’re jumping waves down by the shore, or even simply floating along the ‘river’ at a nearby waterpark, it’s important to review water safety tips.  Here are a few from the American Red Cross:


  • Swim only in designated areas supervised by lifeguards
  • Always swim with a buddy – do not allow anyone to swim alone
  • Never leave a young child unsupervised by the water
  • Install and use barriers around all home pools and hot tubs
  • If you have an above ground pool, remove the ladder and secure the safety cover when not in use.
  • Keep toys not in use away from the pool and out of sight
  • Always teach child to ask permission before they go swimming


  • If you plan on going boating, wear a life jacket
  • Don’t dive headfirst
    If you are caught in a rip current, stay calm and don’t fight the current.  Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of the current. Once you are free, turn and swim toward shore.
  • If you can't swim to the shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
  • If you feel you can’t make it to the shore, draw attention to yourself by waving and calling for help.
  • Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.


  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds matter
  • Always have a cell phone handy to call for help

Want to check your water safety acumen?  Take this quiz from the American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/water-safety/quiz

Stay cool. Stay safe.

The NJ Kids Team

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Oceanfest at Pier Village Long Branch  

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Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks
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Summer Concert at New Jersey Botanical Garden
Friday, July 5
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Downtown Music Festival and Taste
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Fort Lee Film Commission's Movies & Music Under the Stars
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Somerset Patriots vs. Camden Riversharks/Fireworks!
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Family Fun Days at Monmouth Racetrack
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FREE Summer Concert!
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17th Annual Sweet Sounds Downtown Jazz Festival
Tuesday, July 9, 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
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Posted by: NJ Kids Team| June 30, 2013
Categories:  Fun Things To Do
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