Ocean City, NJ marks the 22nd anniversary of its popular non-alcoholic New Year's Eve celebration this year on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 20134 and more than 8,500 are expected to attend.
The purchase of an all-inclusive admission button is good for about 60 entertainment programs at 18 different venues in Ocean City and the evening ends with a magnificent midnight fireworks display visible from the beach and boardwalk.
First Day includes get in shape athletic events following the First Night events on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, beginning with a 5-kilometer run and what has become an Ocean City staple and huge fan favorite, a “First Dip” (Polar Plunge).
First Dip" in the Atlantic Ocean begins at at 2 pm at the Morlyn Terrace (Music Pier) Beach. There is no fee for First Dippers, but they must register before 2 pm in front of the Music Pier and sign a waiver.
Ocean City's unusual hypothermia inducing New Year’s Day tradition draws thousands of observers and hundreds of bathers, some in costume, some in bathing suits - but all extremely cold.
Gathering together for support on the beach before running into the Atlantic Ocean for a refreshing swim encourages those who may be having second thoughts.
Those brave souls, who complete the “First Dip” will receive a “Beach Nut Certificate,” proclaiming they were “Nutty enough to jump in the ocean on New Year’s Day 2014 in Ocean City, NJ."
As the “Dip” was just about to begin, the wind began to increase making for an even greater challenge even with a balmy air temperature of 37 degrees and a tepid water temperature of 42 degrees.
According to events statistics, there were more than 500 entrants officially signed up to take the “Dip” which did not include those who came to simply observe the event and decided at the last minute to make the plunge at the urging of their friends.
It is also estimated that more than 2,500 spectators lined the beach, boardwalk and music pier to watch the 2014 “First Dip,” most applauding, cheering and supporting the brave Dippers.