Celebrating Memorial Day in Cape May NJ
Memorial 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.
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.
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 you 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.
Don’t forget to Get Your Beach Tags for Cape May as the Official Summer Season Open this Memorial Day in Cape May
Get Ready for the Upcoming Summer Season this Weekend in Cape May Starting Memorial Day 2013
CAPE MAY Beaches Status: Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Question: How much do Beach Tags costs in Cape May for 2013 Summer Season?
Fees: Daily, $5; three-day pass, $10; weekly (Saturday-to-Saturday) $15; season, $28. Ages 11 and younger, free.
Lifeguards: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Facilities: Permanent restrooms/changing facilities on Beach Avenue at Second, Broadway, Windsor, Gurney, Philadelphia, Trenton and Wilmington intersections. Open-air rinsing stations all along the beachfront.
Parking: Metered parking along the beachfront, with free parking available on side streets several blocks from the beach.
Rules: Coolers and food permitted. No alcohol. No restrictions on beach tents, umbrellas or canopies for daytime use. No bonfires or cooking permitted. Overnight camping prohibited. Ball playing and other games allowed away from beach bathers.
Handicapped access:Ramps to boardwalk at 17 streets along Beach Drive, with ramps from boardwalk to beach at Broadway, Third and Cove, Grant and Gurney streets and Trenton Avenue. Surf wheelchairs available at nine locations, with reservations suggested. Call (609) 884-9570 and chairs will be delivered by Beach Patrol. Four handicapped-accessible restrooms on boardwalk along Beach Drive. Parking meter fees throughout Cape May waived for vehicles displaying windshield placard or license plate.
Boardwalk: Food and drink vendors across Beach Avenue all along the beachfront.
Attractions: Volleyball nets at Steger Beach (Beach Avenue and Jackson Street) and Second Avenue Beach; Cape May Family Treasure Hunts throughout the summer; free Monday evening concerts at Rotary bandstand; Cape May Music Festival May 26-June 13; trolley tours; Father’s Day Fishing Trip June 16; Fourth of July fireworks and parade July 6; Movies on the Beach throughout season; 81st Queen Maysea coronation July 31; William Moore birthday summer social Aug. 10; Art and Antiques in the park Aug. 17; Mid-Atlantic $500,000 fishing tournament Aug 18-23; Jersey Tomato Festival Aug. 31,
Etc: There’s a dog park at 705 Lafayette St., $10 weekly fee, $20, seasonal. Bicycle and surrey rentals, Jet Ski and WaveRunner rentals.
More information: Town website or (609) 884-9567.