New Jersey always hosts a number of Memorial Day events throughout the state. Considering the fact that Memorial Day takes place on the last Monday of May each year, events typically take place the weekend prior; hence the list of weekend events as opposed to strictly Memorial Day events. In any case, we’ve rounded up some of our top picks for Memorial Day Weekend events. From all of us at Best of NJ, we wish you a Happy Memorial Day!

May Fair 2017 – May 27

May Fair

Website: www.collingswood.com
Description: Collingswood’s May Fair is an annual event for all ages. It features a ton of art, music, food, games, and other activities for the droves of families and friends who come out to the event. For the 37th year in a row, the May Fair aims to deliver fun from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. More than 200 artists and crafters are scheduled to attend, plus a KidZone featuring pony rides, carnival rides, games and child-friendly crafters.


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Pork Roll Festival – May 27

Website: porkrollfestival.com
Description: The 4th Annual Pork Roll Festival will be hitting downtown Trenton for a day full of food and fun on Saturday, May 27. Beginning at 10:00 am, the festival offers a variety of pork roll menu items and other delicious dishes from award-winning food trucks, restaurants, and caterers. The event also features live music and several pork roll-themed contests. Tickets to attend cost $5.


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Jazz and Wine Event – May 27

Website: www.natalivineyards.com
Description: This Memorial Day weekend celebration in Cape May Court House features snacks, wine, and, of course, music. From 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm, Natali Vineyards’s event welcomes visitors from all around to enjoy live entertainment from the Geno White Trio, along with quality wine and sangria tastings, wine slushies, and the opportunity to throw your own picninc.


Bradley Beach Memorial Day Weekend Festival – May 27-29

Bradley BeachWebsite: www.bradleybeachnj.gov
Description: The Bradley Beach Memorial Day Weekend Festival is a yearly 3-day event in Monmouth County. The festival kicks off with the annual Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 27 at 10:00 am on Ocean Avenue. The parade features multiple local school marching bands and pipe bands from around New Jersey. The 3 days of the festival are packed with various food and craft vendors, and tons of games and other activities for children and their families.


Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival – May 27-29

Food Truck Festival

Website: www.monmouthpark.com
Description: More than 40 of the state’s best food trucks travel to Monmouth Park for Memorial Day Weekend beginning on Saturday, May 27, for three days of food and drink. The Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival is an annual event that attracts thousands of patrons every year. The food trucks feature a wide variety of menu items for this special event, from mouthwatering empanadas and fluffy Belgian waffle sundaes to meaty cheesesteaks and ocean-fresh lobster-rolls.


Memorial Day Picnic by the River – May 29

Memorial Day Events

Website: www.visitnj.org/nj-events/memorial-day-picnic-river
Description: Ramsaysburg Historic Homestead’s Memorial Day Picnic by the River will be held on Monday, May 29 in Knowlton, right off of Ramsaysburg Road and Route 46. The annual event takes place along the Delaware River, as the historic site becomes a home to multiple Memorial Day tributes, family activities, historic tours, and scenic walks. Visitors are encouraged to bring their picnic baskets and blankets, some food, and family to join other locals in commemorating the important national holiday. This year, historian Dennis Bertland will be giving a special talk on the trade history of the Delaware River.


Woodland Park Memorial Day Street Fair – May 29

Memorial Day Events

Website: www.visitnj.org
Description: The Woodland Park Memorial Day Street Fair is a major yearly event held along McBride Avenue. The day kicks off with Woodland Park’s annual Memorial Day Parade, followed by an all-ages festival featuring a variety of food and merchandise vendors, more than 100 exhibitors, nonstop music and entertainment, and family fun attractions. The street fair will also feature kiddie rides, a climbing wall, and a special section with craft exhibitors, face painters, games, and other activities.


Don’t Miss These Other Memorial Day Weekend Events in New Jersey

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Memorial Beach Challenge

Saturday, May 27, 2017: Register for a 2.5 mile race on the beach with obstacles. Proceeds from the event benefit The 31Heroes Project, which is an organization that specializes in creating programs, financial support …


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Morris Plains Memorial Day Parade

Saturday, May 27, 2017: Memorial Day observances will begin with ceremonies at Roberts Garden Park followed by the Memorial Day parade which will march to VFW Post 3401 on Route 53. Info


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Camden Memorial Day Ceremony

Saturday, May 27, 2017: Join the Camden County Board of Freeholders and Camden County residents for the Memorial Day on Saturday May 27 at 10am (Rain or Shine). Located at the Camden County Veterans Cemetery at Haleigh …


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Hopatcong Borough Memorial Day Parade

Saturday, May 27, 2017: The annual Memorial Day Parade will begin at Borough Hall and march to Veteran’s Park off Flora Avenue, concluding with a Memorial Day ceremony. Info  


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Lawrence Township Memorial Day Parade and Service

Saturday, May 27, 2017: Begins at Lawrence High School and finishes at Lawrence Veteran Park. A memorial service will be conducted at the park. Veterans, neighborhood groups, clubs, teams, schools, youth groups, drumlines, bands, …


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Point Pleasant Beach 2017 Memorial Day Bike Parade

Saturday, May 27, 2017: The Point Pleasant Beach Memorial Day Bike Parade. All are invited to participate. Decorate your bikes, strollers and wagons in red, white and blue and meet at the parking lot …


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Spirit of Princeton

Saturday, May 27, 2017: Parade begins at the corner of Princeton Avenue and Nassau St and goes to Princeton Monument Hall (1 Monument Drive or 45 Stockton St. in Princeton). There will be a …


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Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

Saturday, May 27, 2017: Local veterans, fire companies, police, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, youth baseball and softball teams, and a variety of other community organizations will be marching in this year's parade. …


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Hopewell Township Memorial Day Ceremony

Saturday, May 27, 2017: Bring your lawn chairs to this rain or shine event (tent will be provided). There will be a flyover, dove release, military static displays, and unveiling of bricks. Event will …


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Claire Brodesser Memorial Day 5k Fun Run & 1M Walk

Sunday, May 28, 2017: Open to all ages. T-shirt, Water & Post-Race Snacks for all registered Runners. Prizes for all age group 1st and 2nd Place Winners. Register early to save $5! Go to www.Active.com to Register. Proceeds …


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Memorial Motor Madness Car Show

Sunday, May 28, 2017: There will be over 500 vintage cars at the Memorial Motor Madness Car Show. Models include Mustang, Fire Bird, Camaro, VW Beetle, antique trucks, and more. For more information, click here.


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American Legion Post 194 Memorial Day

Sunday, May 28, 2017: American Legion Post 194 will hold a Memorial Day Ceremony at West 6th and Broad Streets. Info


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Delanco's Memorial Day Parade

Sunday, May 28, 2017: The parade begins at 1:00pm at Larchmont and Burlington Avenues. The parade route will pass in front of the Zurbrugg Mansion, ending at Gateway Park. Join the residents of Delanco …


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Gloucester County Memorial Day Ceremony

Sunday, May 28, 2017: Memorial Day Ceremony begins at 1pm on Sunday May 28th. Open to the Public. Please bring your lawn chair. Info


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Hopewell Borough Memorial Day Parade

Sunday, May 28, 2017: From Taylor Terrace, the parade will march east on Broad Street and will end at Hopewell Elementary School with a ceremony. Info


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Oakland Memorial Day Parade

Sunday, May 28, 2017: The annual parade starts at Grove Street and Ramapo Valley Road and ends at Veterans Park with a ceremony. Complimentary food and refreshments will be served at the Legion after …


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Edison Memorial Day Parade 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017: Join in for the Edison Memorial Day Parade on Amboy Avenue. Starting from Walsh ending at Brower. Refreshments at Clara Barton Post 324. Info


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Crystal Springs Fireworks Spectacular

Sunday, May 28, 2017: Hotel guests and members are welcome to enjoy a fireworks show. Info


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Gibbsboro Memorial Day Service

Monday, May 29, 2017: Gibbsboro will hold its annual Memorial Day service at the Triangle at Clementon Road beginning at 8:00am. Info


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Groveville Fire Company Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The parade begins at South Broad Street and Sunnybrae Boulevard, Continues Down Church Street, and ends at Main Street at the Groveville United Methodist Church. At the end of the …


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Bloomingdale & Butler Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The parade will begin at Butler Park with a brief ceremony, marching on Main Street to and on to Hamburg Pike to Sloan Park in Bloomingdale for a Memorial Day …


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Bridgeton Memorial Day Ceremonies

Monday, May 29, 2017: 9:00AM Veteran’s Memorial Park (City Park) Mayor Aitkin Drive. 12 Noon Memorial Day Ceremony to be held at Veteran’s Cemetery in Hopewell Township. Info


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Burlington City Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The Burlington City Memorial Day Parade will start in front of City Hall, rain or shine. Info


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Cape May Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: The cermony takes place at All Wars Monument on Columbia Avenue, 9AM. And at Cape May Convention Hall, 11AM. Info


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Hightstown-East Windsor Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The parade begins at Stockton Street and finishes at the VFW on Dutch Neck Road. Info


Livingston Remembrance Ceremony and Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Remembrance Ceremony begins at 9:30 AM, followed by the annual Memorial Day Parade at 10:00 AM. Join your friends and neighbors at Memorial Oval across from Town Hall to honor …


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Long Hill Township Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Parade will begin at Mercer Street and Main Avenue and proceed north up Main Avenue, concluding at Central Middle School for a brief ceremony. The parade will be followed a …


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Woodland Park Memorial Day Street Fair

Monday, May 29, 2017: Local merchants and businesses will showcase their shops and offer their special sales. Grab a bite to eat at one of the open air cafes along the street fair route …


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90th Annual Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: Honoring Law Enforcement. Parade at 10am. Ceremony at 11:30am at Memorial Park. Veterans and Youth groups are invited to march, pre-registration is required. Info


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American Legion Post 39 Memorial Day

Monday, May 29, 2017: The annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the American Legion Post 39 on Fourth Avenue in Roebling. Info


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Barrington Memorial Day Ceremonies

Monday, May 29, 2017: The Borough of Barrington will hold its annual Memorial Day service at the Municipal Building beginning at 10:00am. The new clock will also be dedicated. Info


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Beach Haven Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: A solemn procession will begin at Taylor Ave. at 10:00AM. Service to follow 10:45 at Engleside Ave. Info


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Dover Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Starts at Rutan Drive and traveling west on Blackwell Street to Hurd Park for services. For more information, call 973-216-9239. Info


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Fort Lee Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The parade starts at the community center to Center Avenue to Main Street and ends back at the community center where there will be a ceremony and refreshments. For more …


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Hackettstown Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The parade begins near the post office on Washington Street, continues to Grand Ave, Main Street and ends at Union Cemetery on Mountain Ave. For more information, call 908-850-5004. Info


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Haddonfield Memorial Day Parade and Service

Monday, May 29, 2017: Haddonfield’s annual Memorial Day parade, hosted by Haddonfield American Legion Post 38, will begin at Kings Highway and Chestnut Street and end at Haddonfield Memorial High School. The parade will …


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Little Egg Harbor 2017 Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The annual Little Egg Harbor Memorial Day parade begins at 10:00am at St. Theresa’s Church and marches to the Pulaski Monument, concluding with a Memorial Day ceremony. Info


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Magnolia Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: The annual Magnolia NJ Memorial Day parade will take place at Albertson Park beginning at 10:00am, The parade will proceed down Evesham Avenue, turn left on Warwick Rd, and conclude …


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Manchester Township 2017 Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The annual Manchester Township Memorial Day parade will begin at 10am at the intersection of Monroe and Bayonne Avenues and will march to World War II Veterans Memorial Park (Lake …


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Merchantville Memorial Day Service

Monday, May 29, 2017: Merchantville’s annual Memorial Day service will take place in Wellwood Park (Maple and Linden Avenues) at 10am. The program will be conducted by the F.W. Grigg Post 68 American Legion. …


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Moorestown 2017 Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: The annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at Memorial Field on South Church Street. Info


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Newton Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Starts off from Lower Spring Street at the train station. The parade will march up Spring Street to Moran Street, then down to Memory Park. There will be a Memorial Day …


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North Wildwood Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: Memorial Day Ceremony at the North Wildwood Veterans Monument at 10 am. There will also be a service earlier that morning at 9:30 am at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse flagpole …


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Pemberton Township Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Parade assembles at 9:30 a.m. at the Joseph Stackhouse Elementary School parking lot. Parade route along Trenton Road. Info


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Pennington Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Rain or shine, parade starts between Baldwin Street and Ingleside on South Main Street, walking down South Main Street to Delaware Avenue where it stops at intersection to play Taps …


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Perth Amboy 2017 Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Parade starts at 10am/Raritan Bay Area. Ceremony starts at 11am/Veterans' War Memorial. Info


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Southampton Township Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The 137th consecutive annual parade will begin on Main Street and Hilliard’s Bridge Road at 10am. After the parade, a luncheon will be held at the Grange Hall to honor …


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Summit Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Summit's annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony will take place on Monday, May 29 and will honor those men and women who lost their lives in military service to our …


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Winslow Township Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: Winslow Township’s annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Winslow Township Municipal Building (125 S. Route 73) at 10am. Info


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77th Annual Tour of Somerville

Monday, May 29, 2017: Park yourself, your friends and your family on the downtown curbs to watch the incredibly fast action, or stroll around enjoying the vendors, live music, kids’ activities, the food stands …


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Atlantic Highlands Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The Atlantic Highland Memorial Day Parade starts 10:30am at Municipal Harbor. Info


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Nottingham Fire Company Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The parade begins at Weston Avenue, Continues Down Nottingham Way to Coleman Road, and Ends at Nottingham Fire Company To participate in the parade, contact the Nottingham Fire Department @ …


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West Windsor Township's Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: Line Up: 10:30 a.m. at West Windsor- Plainsboro High School, South. Kick-Off: 11:00 a.m. from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, South. Ceremony: 12:00 (Noon) – West Windsor Municipal Complex corner of …


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Cherry Hill Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: Veterans and active-duty military personnel will be honored by Mayor Chuck Cahn, Township Council and local elected officials at this annual Memorial Day ceremony. The afternoon includes a musical tribute …


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Gloucester Township Memorial Day Service

Monday, May 29, 2017: Gloucester Township will hold its annual Memorial Day service at Veterans Park on Chews Landing Road beginning at 11:00am. Info


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Lavallette 2017 Memorial Day Service

Monday, May 29, 2017: The 2017 Lavallette Memorial Day service will begin at 11am at Memorial Park (Bay Boulevard and New Brunswick Avenue). Info


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Medford Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: The Medford Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony will kick off at 11:00 am at Medford Memorial School. Medford Police and the Master of Ceremonies will invite the public to the proximity of …


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New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: Please join in for the annual ceremony at 11:00. In addition to honoring the Veterans, they will induct 5 Vietnam Veterans into the In Memory Program. Info  


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Ocean City Memorial Day Service

Monday, May 29, 2017: Ocean City will hold a Memorial Day Service at 11:00am at Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. For more information call 609-399-6111. Info


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19th Annual Memorial Duck Race

Monday, May 29, 2017: The 19th Annual Maplewood Duck Race will be held on Monday, May 29. Proceeds sponsored by DYFS programs and YMCA scholarship funds. Six heats of 700 rubber ducks will race …


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Wyckoff Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The parade starts at the church and ends behind Town Hall at the Ambulance Corps building. Call 201-891-7000 for info


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Parsippany Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Parsippany’s 2017 Memorial Day parade will begin at 12pm at North Beverwyck Road and Katherine Drive. The parade ends at the reviewing stand on North Beverwyck Road at Volunteers Park. Info


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Washington Township Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: Washington Township’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the War Memorial site in Rock Spring Park Info


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Cranbury 2017 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: Line-up is at 12:30 PM at Station Road and South Main Street with parade starting at 1:00 PM. Post-parade Ceremony to follow in Memorial Park located next to the Firehouse. …


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Beverly/Edgewater Park 2017 Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The annual parade will begin at Green and Cooper Streets in Edgewater Park and will proceed along Cooper Street to the Delaware River and along Broad Street to the Beverly …


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Lakehurst 2017 Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: The Lakehurst Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at Lake Horicon at 1:00 p.m. Info


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Memorial Day Picnic at a scenic Historical Site

Monday, May 29, 2017: Families are welcome to bring picnic lunch and enjoy the family activities such as tours, scenic walks, use of boat launch on the Delaware and Memorial Day tributes. Call 908-475-5352 for …


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Memorial Day Picnic By The River

Monday, May 29, 2017: Bring your favorite covered dish to share, grills and cutlery will be available, bring your instrument to play music, informal house and barn tours, river walks and more. Info


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Ship Bottom 2017 Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: This Memorial Day Ceremony takes place at 1 pm on the front lawn of the Borough Hall, 16th & Long Beach Boulevard in Ship Bottom. Please join all in honoring our …


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Bergenfield Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The parade begins at the corner of E. Main Street and S. Washington Avenue, then heads south on S. Washington Avenue, then west on New Bridge Road. Parade ends at …


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Memorial Day Parade and Candlelight Vigil

Monday, May 29, 2017: Parade steps off at Oak and Atlantic Avenues at 7:30 pm and proceeds south to Andrews Avenue. A candlelight vigil and ceremony will take place at the Wildwood Vietnam Veterans …


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Bradley Beach Memorial Day Weekend Festival

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Monday, May 29, 2017: The 3 days of the festival are packed with various food and craft vendors, and tons of games and other activities for children and their families. Includes one mile of …


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Memorial Day – Sunshine Outdoor Dining

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Monday, May 29, 2017: Memorial Day Weekend is often the unofficial start to summer – and what better way to celebrate than dining outside! All three Calandra restaurant locations have outdoor patios, which is …


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West Paterson Memorial Day Weekend Carnival

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Sunday, May 28, 2017: Join in for the Memorial Day Weekend Carnival. Sponsored by the West Paterson Boys & Girls Club. Street Fair & Parade on Memorial Day! Info


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Wildwoods International Kite Festival

Friday, May 26, 2017 - Monday, May 29, 2017: The largest kite festival in North America featuring kite makers from around the world flying their most incredible colorful creations! Festival kicks off on Friday at 12 noon with the …


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