12 Memorial Day Events to Kick Off Summer

Still looking for plans this Memorial Day Weekend? We've got you covered.

Memorial Day means warm weather and honoring the red, white and blue. Whether you’re looking to spend the long weekend at the beach, surrounded by food or saluting our armed forces, there are plenty of celebrations across the Garden State.

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Wildwoods International Kite Festival

May 26-29: Set up chairs on the beach and enjoy the largest kite festival in North America.

Memorial Day Weekend With The Miners

May 26-29: Watch the Miners play ball all weekend (Fri-Mon) at Skylands Stadium in Augusta. Other activities include the Burger and Beer Fest on Saturday, Bark in the Park on Sunday and Memorial Day fireworks on Monday.

Bradley Beach Memorial Day Weekend Festival 2017

May 27-29: Food, drink and craft vendors set up on the Ocean Avenue Promenade for the three-day festival. Honor our servicemen and women at Saturday’s parade at 10 am. Jam out with live entertainment from Marel Hidalgo & The Stone Feather Band (Sat), Gas House Gorillas (Sun) and The VooDUDES (Mon).
Times: Sat & Sun 11 am-8 pm; Mon, 11 am-6 pm

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Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival

May 27-29: Bring your appetite to this festival featuring 40 mouthwatering trucks serving treats including empanadas, egg rolls, clams casino, lobster rolls, pierogies and cobbler. Watch live racing at the Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport and listen to country music deejayed by Rockin’ Thunder 106.3 FM.
Times and prices: Sat & Sun, 11 am-5:30 pm; Mon, 11:30 am-5:30 pm; $5.

Memorial Beach Challenge

May 27: Compete in a Navy SEAL-approved obstacle course or the Kids Fun Run at the Ocean City Music Pier beach. All of the proceeds benefit the 31Heroes Project, an organization that aides veterans and their families.  The event closes with a memorial service.
Times and prices: 7 am-noon; $20-$25, kids run; $55-$65, per person for obstacle course

Collingswood’s 37th annual May Fair

May 27: May Fair is a block party along Haddon Avenue bursting with art, music and activities for all ages. Thousands of festival-goers can enjoy more than 200 crafters, carnival rides, games and all-day live music on three entertainment stages.
Times: 10 am-5 pm

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Millville Wheels & Wings Airshow 2017

May 27 & 28: Feel the thunder of jets, military aircraft and warbirds at the Millville Airport—America’s first defense airport. Enjoy aviation aerobatics by the United States Navy Blue Angels Jet Demonstration Team, as well as a classic car show, food and ground displays—all benefitting the Millville Army Air Field Museum.
Times and prices: 9 am-5 pm; $5-$20.

Pork Roll Festival

May 27: A breakfast lover’s paradise, the fourth Annual Pork Roll Festival in Trenton celebrates New Jersey’ s favorite salty meat. Put your culinary chops to the test during the pork roll recipe contest, enjoy live music and see the crowning of the 2017 Pork Roll Queen.
Times and prices: 9 am- 7 pm; $5.

Cape May Music Festival

May 28-June 15: The 28th annual music celebration features Avi Wisnia, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and a tribute to George Mesterhazy.

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New Jersey Renaissance Faire

May 27-28; June 3-4, 10-11: Don period clothing at Bordentown’s Renaissance Faire, complete with jousts, flame stunts, singing pirates and William Shakespeare, as well as dozens of vendors. This year’s theme is the Italian Renaissance. See Italian artists Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael.
Times and prices: 10 am-6 pm; $15-$60

New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony

May 29: Join the annual ceremony at 11 am.  Five Vietnam veterans will be inducted into the In Memory Program and their names will be engraved on an stone inside the memorial. The museum will be open until 2 pm.

Metuchen 90th Annual Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

May 29: Kick off the day with the parade, beginning at New and Pearl Streets at 10 am. A post-parade ceremony at 11:30 am includes performances by Spook Handy and The Seed Planters.

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  1. Alex

    How do you have a NJ Memorial Day Weekend list and not include the Tour of Somerville, the country’s longest running bike race?

    May 25 – Legal Runaround
    May 26 – Classic Cruisers
    May 27 – Bound Brook Criterium bike race
    May 28 – Raritan Criterium bike race
    May 29 – Memorial Day Parade followed by the 74th annual Tour of Somerville