Takeaways from the Atlantic City Air Show, 2017 Edition

Photo: Greater Atlantic City Chamber

by Kenneth J. Calemmo, Jr.


Those are the words repeated time and time again at this past weeks 15th Thunder Over the Boardwalk Atlantic City Airshow.  400,000 people were invited to this party and all had a great time.  It was a well coordinated event that continues to get better every year.  Frankly, I believe that this is the marquee event of the summer.

Here are the takeaways from this year’s Airshow _

  • Yes, Atlantic City can do family events.  If you were on the beach or Boardwalk this past Wednesday, August 23, 2017, there were toddlers to teens to octogenarians – all shapes and sizes.  AC knows how to use its prized resource – the Beach and Boardwalk.
  • Greater Atlantic City Chamber can throw one hell of a party!!!  Congratulations to Joe Kelly and his incredible staff for a flawless event.  This takes hours of preparation, meetings and coordination – however, they have it down to a science.  When it comes to events in the city – the Chamber knows the people and the process to get things done.  This is a classic Private/Public partnership!
  • Atlantic City can handle events.  There are 400,000 people many at the center of town that are here for six to eight hours without problems.  People flow and traffic flow moved about the city without incident.  Law enforcement and emergency responders also have this down to a science and in large part to their efforts make this an enjoyable and safe event.  Thank you for your efforts.
  • The greatest takeaway is economic impact – in excess of $30million in additional revenue is generated for the region by the Airshow.  By many accounts it is the biggest business day of their year for most merchants.

Atlantic City needs to continue to exploit the Boardwalk and Beach for events large and small.  The beach concerts have been extremely successful – similarly marathons and races have are brought enjoyed by large crowds.  AC is a great mosaic once we start intertwining all the threads.

Please check out more photos of the Airshow at the AC Chamber’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AirshowAC/

My best.

Keep Moving Forward!



Date Published: August 28, 2017

Written by: Kenneth J. Calemmo