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Ocean Casino Resort’s 5th Birthday Summer Bonanza Recap

Published: September 2023

Summer is coming to an end, and fall is nearly here. With Labor Day approaching, we're finally winding down our summer-long 5th birthday celebration.

This unforgettable summer was jam-packed with excitement, innovation, and incredible partnerships with the local Atlantic City community. From grand giveaways totaling $5 million to mesmerizing drone and fireworks shows, the festivities were a non-stop whirlwind of joy and entertainment.

Starting Memorial Day weekend, visitors to South Jersey's premier entertainment destination were treated to special events, pop-up experiences, and exclusive collaborations. The Ocean Casino Resort didn't just celebrate its birthday; it commemorated five years of success, transformation, and community engagement.

Here's an in-depth look at the summer that redefined what birthday celebrations can be. 

Unforgettable Giveaways

The summer of 2023 at Ocean Casino Resort was one for the record books as we celebrated our 5th birthday in grand style. If you were part of the festivities or followed along online, you know that the excitement reached a fever pitch with the astounding $5 million in giveaways. 

On Saturday, June 24th, the $1,000,000 giveaway sweepstakes kicked off the summer with a bang, price winnings were split among more than 1,400 lucky winners over an electrifying 11-day period. 

But the fun (and free giveaways) didn't stop there. 

The #OceanTurns5 Summer Digital Sweepstakes kept the excitement rolling online, with over 240 prizes, including a $2,000 cash grand prize. 

Free to enter, open to all, and packed with surprises, Ocean Casino Resort made sure their guests left feeling like it was their birthday, too. 

Merch Mania

The 5th birthday celebration at Ocean Casino Resort wasn't just about the games and giveaways—it was also about fashion and flair! 

Partnering with Jetty Ink, Ocean Casino Resort rolled out an exciting catalog of limited-edition 5th Birthday Merchandise, including:

  • Baby gear
  • Crewneck sweatshirts
  • Hats
  • Koozies
  • Signature scent sticks
  • Stickers
  • Tank tops
  • T-shirts
  • Tumblers

These items were more than just merch—they were a piece of the party. Whether you were sipping a cold drink in an Ocean Casino Resort tumbler or rocking a snazzy hat, our guests got to join in on the grand celebration. And that's the Ocean Casino Resort way.

If you visited the resort this summer and missed out on the exclusive Birthday Pop-Up Shop at Bottled, the merch shop is open until September 4th. Come grab your share of the celebration!

Birthday Bliss at the Pop-up Bar

The merch store at Bottled was just the beginning of our pop-up fun. We went one step further and transformed the 1927 Lounge into the Birthday Bar: the Ultimate Birthday Party Pop-Up Experience.

Running until Monday, September 4th, this vibrant venue serves specialty Birthday cocktails and boasts eye-catching features like a dazzling balloon wall and live music. It quickly became (and still is) a hotspot for insta-worthy moments. 

But it wasn't just about cocktails and balloons. The Birthday Bar became the stage for a fantastic array of nightly musical performances that are still ongoing. 

The best part? You didn't even need an actual birthday as an excuse to join in.

Jaw-Dropping Entertainment 

Our 5th-anniversary celebration called for an all-star line-up, and we delivered in true Ocean Casino Resort fashion with a who’s-who of entertainment at both of our major venues:

  • HQ2 Nightclub & Beach Club – HQ2 Nightclub & Beach Club was the epitome of summer bliss, where the beats of global icons like Tiesto, Alesso, and Steve Aoki met the Atlantic waves. With 360-degree vistas and an unrivaled party scene, HQ2 Nightclub & Beach Club became the sizzling hotspot for beachside raves.
  • Ovation Hall Entertainment – Music and laughter reverberated through Ovation Hall all summer long. From eyebrow-raising names like Ice Cube, Air Supply, and Dirty Heads to the every-Sunday magic of Magical Mystery Doors, the melodies were electric. But it wasn’t just about music. Comedy giants like Matt Rife, Shane Gillis, Andrew Schulz, and Jeff Dunham brought down the house with their unique brands of humor. 

From laughter to dancing, Ocean Casino Resort made sure everyone could party like it was their birthdays all summer-long. 

Local Collaborations 

The 5th birthday celebration at Ocean Casino Resort wanted to go beyond grand entertainment. We wanted our birthday to be an ode to community collaboration, artistic expression, and culinary finesse.

  • MudGirls Studios – Ocean Casino Resort partnered with MudGirls Studios, a nonprofit empowering women, to enhance the resort's spaces with authentic art. This included: 
    • Handcrafted platters, showcasing our coastal roots, to be featured in the new hotel rooms and suites.
    • Stunning blue-toned wave-ripple bowls celebrating our connection with the Atlantic Ocean.
    • 800 individualized tiles honoring Ocean Casino Resort’s team members.
  • Seeds of the Ocean – Ocean Casino Resort teamed up with The Seed to brew ‘Seeds of the Ocean’—a custom pale lager with marigold and aged hops. The beer is now available at Bottled, on-property bars, dining outlets, Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall, and The Seed Brewery. 
  • Tony Boloney's Birthday Pizza – Tony Boloney’s Pizza partnered with Ocean Casino Resort to create the High 5 Pizza, crafted with The Seed's exclusive beer, "Seeds of the Ocean," unique local ingredients, and an exclusive sauce. They also featured the Brew Ball, a beer-battered mozzarella masterpiece, offering a tantalizing taste of Atlantic City.
  • Hank Sauce – The celebration heated with "Across The Boards," a unique hot sauce collaboration with Hank’s Sauces. This sizzling sauce perfectly balances hot and slightly sweet thanks to its two main ingredients: Fresno chiles and blue agave. 
  • Bar 32 Chocolate Delights – The 5th birthday was sweetened by the collaboration with Bar 32. Three signature chocolate bars and a rich Chocolate Cake Martini were sweet symbols of indulgence.

A Summer to Remember: Ocean Casino Resort Celebrates 5 Years 

As summer ends, the memories live on. Ocean Casino Resort's 5th Birthday summer-long celebration was an unforgettable season of joy, creativity, and connection. From grand giveaways to vibrant entertainment and unique local collaborations, Ocean Casino Resort and its guests celebrated in style. 

Five years of success never looked so bright. So here's to many more. 

Ocean Casino Resort—where the party never ends.

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