Cape May Memorial Day Things to Do

Celebrating Memorial Day in Cape May NJ

Cape May Holiday BannerMemorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Memorial Day is a United States Federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. US Eastern time. Another tradition is to fly the U.S. flag at half-staff from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers usually place an American flag upon each grave site located in a National Cemetery.

Things to Do during Memorial Day Weekend in Cape May

Peter Nero and the Philly POPS will perform Memorial Day Weekend Saturday May 24, at 8 p.m. in Cape May Convention Hall at 714 Beach Avenue in Cape May.  Two-time Grammy Award-winning pianist Peter Nero is back at the helm for this 2014 Cape May concert, which is one of only two performances annually in which Peter leads the Philly POPS, and it is the only one in New Jersey, organizers said.

Exit 0 Jazz Festival – Meet Your Music at the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival in Cape May, NJ, May 30-June 1, 2014! During the 3-day Fest weekend, Cape May transforms into a jazz mecca as Exit 0 Jazz plays host to over 100 international touring musicians. The atmosphere is styled after European festivals, with fest-goers strolling from venue to venue reveling in the many styles of music from jazz, soul, blues and R&B.

May 25 Crafts and Antiques for Memorial Day: Craft and Antiques vendors offer a wide selection of country crafts, folk art, custom-designed jewelry, antiques and a choice selection of Victorian items. Cape May Convention Hall, Beach Avenue at Stockton. Sunday, May 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored  by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884- 5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

May 25 – June 12  Cape May Music Festival: Enjoy world-class orchestral and chamber music, a world traditions series and Bach’s Lunches at the 25th annual Cape May Music Festival. Sunday, May 25 through Thursday,   June 12. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more  information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Pack Up Your Mobile Device and Come to Cape May NJ for Memorial Day Weekend

Coming to Cape May this Summer with your iPhone, Blackberry, Droid or Tablet? Why not plan your vacation and events on the go with you hand held device. Cape May now offers a fully functional Mobile Platform  to allow you to purchase WaterSport TIckets, Book Hotels, download shopping coupons or check out local events in Cape May NJ.

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAA flag hangs on Jackson Street in Cape May from the Balcony of the Virginia Hotel

Memorial Day is a federal holiday. All non-essential Government offices are closed, as are schools, businesses and other organizations. Most public transit systems do not run on their regular schedule. Many people see Memorial Day weekend as the official start of the New Jersey Summer Season. Memorial Day at the Jersey Shore and specifically Cape May, is the official opening of the Summer Season. Our Beach shore communities come alive with parades, local festivals, fireworks and events.

Start a tradition in Come to Cape May this Memorial Day, here’s a brief list of some typical Memorial Day traditions.

Cape May Word War II Sighting TowerOld Glory Flying at the World War II sighting tower at Cape May Point
  1. Climb the Stairs to the Top of the Cape May Lighthouse –   The Cape May Lighthouse is located on the southernmost tip of New Jersey. Climb up the winding 199 stairs to the top of the 157 foot-tall structure and from the watch gallery take in a fantastic view the Atlantic Ocean, the town of Cape May, Delaware Bay, and Cape May Point State Park.
  2. Take a Ride on The Cape May Whale Watcher
  3. Stay in a Cape May Historical Hotel
  4. Launch your Boat in Cape May
  5. Dig for a Cape May Diamond at Sunset Beach
  6. Take a Tour of a Real Victorian Mansion
  7. Catch the Cape May Ferry to Lewes for a Day Trip
  8. Take a Trolley Tour
  9. Visit a Local Cape May Winery of the new Cape May Brew Pub
  10. Walk the Beach and enjoy the start of a new season.
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