July 4th in Atlantic City and everlasting Duality

I can’t believe it’s already been over a week since Independence Day. I hope you had a lot of fun and enjoyed your day!

A couple weeks ago, I shared the upcoming arrival of a new attraction on Atlantic City’s boardwalk that debuted on July 4. What’s so interesting is that in the past five years that I have lived in Philly, I have only ever made it to AC twice – and this past July 4th was one of them.

And I’m glad that I did. Not only was it a nice little break from Philly, but it was the perfect day to experience the premiere of a new installation at Boardwalk Hall, the Duality light and sound show.

Atlantic City Alliance July 4th Events

A 3D portion of the Duality light and sound show./ Photo: Moment Factory.

While this was the main attraction, I would be remiss not to mention a few other things: the Golden Nugget, located at Huron Ave. and Brigantine Blvd., is a beautiful hotel to stay in (we had a King Size bed). The pool on the sixth floor is the perfect place to spend the day if you decide not to go to the beach. It’s a heated pool, open year-round, and features hot tubs, fire pits, private cabanas and the H2O Lounge.

The boardwalk is the perfect place to walk around, people watch, enjoy the shops or beach bars.

Atlantic City beach

Beach-goers enjoying the afternoon.

If you’re not one to sustain yourself with boardwalk food, there are plenty restaurants to choose from. No restaurant scene would be complete without Jose Garces (you all know he’s my favorite) and you’ll enjoy any meal you eat at Amada. You’ll also find: American Cut (by Chef Marc Forgione), Atlantic Grill, Azure by Allegretti (by Chef Alain Allegretti) and many more.

Back to Independence Day, the evening started off with traditional fireworks, launched from a barge out in the ocean. I’ve always loved fireworks and some of the shapes that created were amazing, and it looks like I wasn’t the only one who enjoyed them.

People watching the fireworks

The crowd watching the fireworks.

A concert by Kevin Rudolf followed the fireworks and had everyone in the crowd dancing in front of Kennedy Plaza.

Kevin Rudolf concert

Kevin Rudolf rocking out on stage.

Then came the main event and I can honestly say that I have never seen anything like this before. It’s a wonderful combination of lights, sound, and 3D effects so convincing that at one point it really looks as if Boardwalk Hall is collapsing.

Duality show

More from the Duality show./ Photo: Moment Factory.

If you didn’t get a chance to make it to AC, then here is a glimpse at the light and sound show, Duality. Duality will be a permanent feature of AC’s night life and every night from 9:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. will play twice each hour, and is of course free.

DUALITY – Atlantic City Sound and Light Show – July 4th from Moment Factory on Vimeo.

How did you spend your Independence Day?

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This post is brought to you with the support of the Atlantic City Alliance. Join the conversation about the new Atlantic City at #HowIDoAC on Twitter. Find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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