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 2018 – May 26
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 39th 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.
Pork Roll Festival – May 26
Description: The 5th Annual Pork Roll Festival will be hitting downtown Trenton for a day full of food and fun on Saturday, May 26. 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.
Jazz and Wine Event – May 26
Description: This 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 25-27
Description: The Bradley Beach Memorial Day Weekend Festival is a yearly 3-day event in Monmouth County. The festival kicks off on Friday, May 25 at 4:00 pm 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 26-28
Description: More than 40 of the state’s best food trucks travel to Monmouth Park for Memorial Day Weekend beginning on Saturday, May 26, 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 28
Description: Ramsaysburg Historic Homestead’s Memorial Day Picnic by the River will be held on Monday, May 28 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.
Woodland Park Memorial Day Street Fair – May 28
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
Friday, May 25, 2018 - Sunday, May 27, 2018: Rain or Shine! One mile of food vendors, Crafters, Kids jumping house and rides, Parade – 10 am Saturday. Info
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - Monday, May 28, 2018: The oldest bike race in the country and one of the most prestigious races to win among top cyclists. Three days of world-class bike racing Memorial Day weekend. The Bound Brook …
Saturday, May 26, 2018: 9:00am - Memorial Service at Roberts Garden. 9:30am - Parade begins at corner of Glenbrook Rd. & Mountain Way. Info
Saturday, May 26, 2018: Memorial Day service at Veterans Park after the parade. The parade route will begin at Lawrence High School to Princeton Pike North to Darrah Lane to Birchwood Knoll to Berwyn …
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - Monday, May 28, 2018: Red Wines, White Wines & Blueberry Wine! The winery will be open from 10am - 6pm with complimentary wine tasting & wine cellar tours. No reservations needed! Info
Saturday, May 26, 2018: A unique family-friendly food and music celebration! Food and Merchandise Vendors, Music Stage (all day), Entertainment and Children's Events, Pork Roll Recipe Contest and Awards, 2018 Pork Roll Queen Pageant …
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - Monday, May 28, 2018: What better way to celebrate your favorite season than with a trip to Diggerland? Dig giant holes, try out the new rides, and operate real heavy machinery with your favorite …
Saturday, May 26, 2018: Enjoy a scrumptious cookout, great music and an awesome selection of family-fun activities Info
Saturday, May 26, 2018: Get into the swing of summer with the Bellview Winery Memorial Day Barbecue! They will be firing up the fun with great food, live music, and all your favorite wines …
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - Monday, May 28, 2018: Kick off summer the right way; with world-class coasters, family fun and delicious treats! This Memorial Day we all have the day off, and it's the perfect time to head …
Saturday, May 26, 2018: Parade steps off at Wildwood and Atlantic Avenues at 7:30 pm. A candlelight vigil and ceremony will take place at the Wildwood Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall at sunset. The wall …
Sunday, May 27, 2018: This annual event features over 500 vintage cars. Entrants can register in a variety of classes including Mustang, Fire bird, Camaro, VW Beetle, Antique Trucks, and Street Rod, Monster and …
Sunday, May 27, 2018: It is the “official kick off” of our summer boating season. Enjoy an afternoon of good food, good times and the outside deck bar. Info
Monday, May 28, 2018: Enjoy freshly made pancakes with specialty toppings, sausage, bagels, fruit, yogurt, coffee, tea, milk, juice and more before the parade. Info
Monday, May 28, 2018: Flat and fast Chip Timed 5K through and along the shaded trails and lakes of historic Medford Lakes on a USATF certified course. 1 & 2 Mile markers and one …
Monday, May 28, 2018: The Cranford Memorial Day Parade starts at 9:00 am at the community center. Info
Monday, May 28, 2018: Join us for our Annual Memorial Day Celebration and Parade, starting at 9am at City Hall Plaza, followed by a citywide parade at 11am. Info
Monday, May 28, 2018: Memorial Day Parade starting at Laurence Parkway and Ely Ave. Info
Monday, May 28, 2018: Parade from Memorial Library to War Memorial, Annual Memorial Day Ceremonies/Speeches/Music Info
Monday, May 28, 2018: The parade will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018. The participants will gather at the Bound Brook Memorial Library World War One memorial on Hamilton and High …
Monday, May 28, 2018: The Haddon Heights Memorial Day Parade and Dedication Ceremony, which will take place on May 28th. Marchers will gather at Fourth and Station at 10 am. The Parade will set …
Monday, May 28, 2018: Parade starts at the Fire Dept following Shore Rd to All Wars Park. Info
Monday, May 28, 2018: Grounds For Sculpture will offer free admission for Active Military & Veterans on Memorial Day, (Monday, May 28th from 10 AM - 6 PM). Free tickets available to reserve online. …
Monday, May 28, 2018: Memorial Day Ceremony at the North Wildwood Veterans Monument, Spruce & New York Avenues,North Wildwood. 10 am Hosted by VFW Post 5941. There will also be a service earlier that …
Monday, May 28, 2018: 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 Ceremony begins with a fly …
Monday, May 28, 2018: Memorial Day ceremony. Rain or shine. Info
Monday, May 28, 2018: Honoring our fallen servicemen and women. In the event of inclement weather, the observance will be held in the Auditorium of Teaneck High School (100 Elizabeth Avenue) Info
Monday, May 28, 2018: Memorial Day is a time to remember and thank those who gave their life to serve and protect our country. The Borough of Red Bank holds an annual Memorial Day …
Monday, May 28, 2018: This event will be held on McBride Ave. from Lackawanna Ave. to Memorial Drive. The street will be transformed into a giant town block party. Info
Monday, May 28, 2018: Starts at Fleetwood and Edith, ends at Gazebo on Chestnut St. Info
Monday, May 28, 2018: 56th Memorial Day Parade Info
Monday, May 28, 2018: Jonathan Savatch: Jonathan's music is comprised of heartfelt experiences and emotions, all of which are directly attributable to having a very supportive family and great friends in his life. A solo …
Monday, May 28, 2018: Established by Congress, asks Americans, wherever they are at 3 pm, on Memorial Day to pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute. The moment of remembrance …
- Hero (Top) Feature Image: © Cheryl Casey / Adobe Stock
- Additional Images (in Order) Courtesy:
- Collingswood / Website
- Pork Roll Festival / Facebook
- RasMarley / Flickr
- Natali Vineyards / Website