Memorial Day is quickly approaching, and with all of the excitement of the beginning of summer and the opening of the busy season here near the beaches in Atlantic County, it often becomes overlooked that the holiday was created to remember the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. It was originally known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th Century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
Here in Atlantic County, there are a ton of Parades and Memorial Ceremonies honoring the brave men and women that have sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom and way of life. Many local towns as well as the County itself participate in these events. Being that we are a summer tourist destination, there are also many fun and family-based activities that ring in the Summer season and allow us to have some fun outside.
So this year, in between the barbecues and get-togethers, there are plenty of choices in activities and events that the whole family can enjoy. Here is a list below with links where appropriate.
Friday May 22nd
- Atlantic City’s Unlocking of the Ocean (12:00pm)
Atlantic City will kick off the Memorial Day weekend with their Traditional Unlocking of the Ocean. On Friday May 22 at Noon, Mayor Don Guardian will be joined by Senator Cory Booker, the Philadelphia Soul Cheerleaders, and Congressman Frank LoBiondo to unlock the Atlantic. The Mayor and his associates will wade out in the water with a giant key and start the summer season for Atlantic City. For more information, call 609-343-6326
- Atlantic County Veterans Memorial Day Program (2:00pm)
The Atlantic County Veterans Memorial Day program will take place at the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery in Atlantic County Park (109 Boulevard Rt. 50 in Estell Manor). More Information
- Wildwood International Kite Festival (Friday – Sunday)
The largest kite festival in North America taking place on the Beach at Rio Grande Avenue in Wildwood and inside the Wildwoods Convention Center featuring kite makers from around the world flying their most incredible colorful creations. Event begins on Friday at 12 noon with the ‘Unlocking of the Ocean’ media event on the beach south of the Wildwoods Convention Center. Festivities continue with the opening of the Festival Field Tent and the 9 p.m. illuminated kite fly at Rio Grande Avenue and the beach. Saturday and Sunday include the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships on the beach starting at 9 a.m. daily, as well as kite exhibits and workshops
Saturday May 23rd
- Wildwood Boardwalk Craft Shows (Saturday & Sunday – 9:00am)
Get your comfy shoes ready for some shopping at the Wildwood Boardwalk. On Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24, 2015, there will be the Memorial Day Weekend Boardwalk Craft Show. There will be multiple vendors with handmade products. You will find the craft show at The Boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue. It takes place rain or shine. Saturday hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and Sunday hours are 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. More Information
Monday May 25th
- Linwood 2015 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony (10:00am)
The Annual Linwood Memorial Day Parade begins at 10:am at the intersection of Shore Road and Poplar Avenue and runs down Shore Road to Memorial Park.
- Absecon 2015 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony (8:30am)
The annual Kids’ Patriotic Bicycle Brigade will begin at 8:30am at the First National Bank of Absecon. Absecon’s annual Memorial Day parade will begin at 9:00am at American Legion Post 28 (560 New Jersey Avenue). Following the parade, a Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Veterans Park at 10:30am. More Information
- Egg Harbor Township 2015 Memorial Day Parade (9:00am)
Egg Harbor Townships annual Memorial Day parade will begin at 9am from Zion Road and North Mt. Airy Avenue. The parade will march west on Zion Road, turn onto Ocean Heights Avenue, and conclude at Veterans Memorial Park. More Information
- Margate City 2015 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony (10:00am)
Margate’s annual Memorial Day parade will begin at 10am from the Municipal Building (9001 Winchester Avenue). There will be a ceremony and wreath laying at the All Wars Memorial (Mansfield and Ventnor Avenues) following the parade. In the event of inclement weather, the Memorial Day ceremony will take place in the Margate Performing Arts Center (Monmouth and Frontenac Avenues). More Information
- Northfield 2015 Memorial Day Ceremony (9:00am)
A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at Northfields Veteran’s Park (1913 Oak Avenue) at 9am. More Information
- Somers Point 2015 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony (11:00am)
The annual Somers Point Memorial Day parade will begin at 11am at Dawes Avenue School. The parade will march down Shore Road, concluding at Patriots Park (Bethel Road and First Street). A Memorial Day ceremony will follow at Patriot Park. More Information
There there is anything worth noting that we missed, feel free to let us know in the comments! We hope everybody has a wonderful and safe Memorial Day Weekend!