10 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend

From food to fireworks, we’ve rounded up 10 fun South Jersey activities to celebrate the three-day weekend and unofficial start of summer.


Kick Off to Summer
May 25-27
Times vary
Resorts Casino Hotel, 3109 Boardwalk, Atlantic City

Kick off the summer with live music, contests and games on the Boardwalk. The fun starts at 10 am on Friday as radio station WMMR broadcasts live from Resorts, followed by strolling entertainers, giveaways and more. At 5 pm, more than 5,000 beach balls will drop over the Boardwalk. On Sunday, catch the spectacular fireworks show at 9 pm over LandShark Bar & Grill.


Wildwood International Kite Festival
May 25–28
Times vary
Rio Grande to Burke Avenue, Wildwood

The largest kite festival in North America featuring kite makers from around the world comes to Wildwood, starting with the “Unlocking of the Ocean” at noon on Friday. The festivities throughout the weekend include the illuminated kite fly on Friday evening, the stunt kite championships on Saturday and Sunday, kite exhibits and workshops, and the indoor kite competition on Monday.


May Fair 2018
May 26
10 am to 5 pm
Downtown Collingswood


Downtown Collingswood will be bursting with art, music and activities for all ages during the 39th annual May Fair. Enjoy unique creations from more than 200 artists and crafters; a KidZone with rides, games and crafts; live music on multiple stages; classic cars and motorcycles; a food court with a variety of fare; and the return of the Collingswood Farmers Market.


5th Annual Pork Roll Festival
May 26
10 am to 7 pm
Mill Hill Park, 165 East Front Street, Trenton

Head to Mill Hill Park for this family-friendly food and music festival dedicated to the one and only pork roll. Sample food truck fare, listen to live music, enter the pork roll recipe contest or get your very own pork roll T-shirt. Tickets are $5 each or four for $15.


Bucks County Singers
May 26
3:30 pm
Ocean City Music Pier, 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City

Celebrate the beginning of summer with a rousing concert of show tunes and patriotic favorites performed by the Bucks County Singers. The group is a perennial family-favorite, and the show is a great way to kick off the new season at the Shore. Admission is free.


New Jersey Renaissance Faire
May 26 & 27
Liberty Lake Day Camp, 1195 Florence-Columbus Road, Bordentown
10 am to 6 pm

Step back in time for the weekend during the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. Check out seven stages of entertainment, sword fighters, magicians, vendors and much more medieval fun. There will also be more than 50 merchants, crafters, and food and drink vendors on hand. Tickets range from $12 to $120 (the festival returns June 2 & 3 as well).


Wildwood Crest Summer Kickoff Concert
May 27
7:30 pm
Centennial Park, Fern Road & Ocean Avenue, Wildwood Crest

Bring a blanket or beach chair so you can kick back and celebrate the beginning of summer at the Shore. The free concert from Chatterband will feature pop, rock and dance hits the entire family will enjoy.


Cherry Hill Memorial Day Ceremony
May 28
10:30 am
Cherry Hill Municipal Complex, 820 Mercer Street, Cherry Hill

South Jersey veterans and active-duty military personnel will be honored by Mayor Chuck Cahn, township council and other elected officials during this ceremony. The event, co-hosted by American Legion Post 372 and Jewish War Veterans Post 126, will begin with a fly-over from the Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing and include a musical tribute by the Cherry Hill Pine Barons Chorus and a barbecue lunch.


Medford Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
May 28
11 am
Downtown Medford


Head to downtown Medford for a holiday parade filled with firetrucks, marching bands, police, veterans’ groups and more. The parade will start at Memorial Middle School on Mill Street, then proceed from Trimble Street to Main Street. There will then be an official ceremony at the Veterans’ Monuments located on Main Street.


Glassboro Memorial Day Parade
May 28
10 am
Downtown Glassboro

Veterans and military groups, marching bands, antique vehicles, firetrucks, floats and more will be rolling through Glassboro during the annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade, which will also include an F16 fighter jet fly-over, will begin at University Boulevard and Lehigh Road before ending at Glassboro Fire Department. A ceremony will then be held at Town Square Veterans’ Memorial Plaza.

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