Can you believe it? July is upon us already. That means summer has already officially started and next week we celebrate Independence Day. There are many ways you can celebrate July 4: with family and friends at a backyard BBQ, at a local celebration in your town or city, or maybe you’ll decide to take a trip (especially if you can turn it into a long weekend). No matter, how you’ll be celebrating, your day will most liking end with a fireworks show of some kind.
If you’re like me, then you haven’t exactly made plans for the 4th just yet. Philly is always a great option with the Wawa Welcome America Fest, but for those of us who have experienced Philly on July 4 multiple times, there is nothing wrong with changing it up a little. That’s where Atlantic City (or AC as we call it) comes in.
This year the Atlantic City Alliance decided to organize a show that you won’t get to experience anywhere else – a 3D light and sound show, called Duality, on Boardwalk Hall that celebrates AC. Developed by new media and entertainment studio Moment Factory, that has also created the light shows for Celine Dion’s Las Vegas Show and Madonna’s MDNA World Tour, the show will be a permanent feature on the boardwalk.
The first show will premiere after the Let it Rock fireworks show and a concert by Kevin Rudolf at Kennedy Plaza. Duality will last about 8 1/2 minutes and feature an original music score by musician and composer Vincent Letellier. It’s a great way to end a day of fun at the beach, food, and activities for all ages.
To give you an idea of what to expect, here is a look at how Duality was made:
Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall from Moment Factory on Vimeo.
Atlantic City is about a 1 1/2 hour drive or train ride from Philly. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the train ride is only $10 each way, which is an affordable way to avoid traffic. From New York, you’ll travel about 2 – 2 1/2 hours and from D.C. about 3 1/2 hours.
If you aren’t able to make it for the show on July 4, you will have plenty of options to see it throughout the year, with two showings every hour. Throughout the year, the theme, music and lighting colors will change.