If you’re looking for the best Memorial Day events at the Jersey Shore, you’ve come to the right place. But first, as part of honoring the veteran men and women who have served our nation across all branches of the armed forces, we urge readers to participate in a “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3:00 pm this Memorial Day. This gesture was created by the No Greater Love Organization in 1997 and formally established by the United States Congress in the 2000.

NJ Events: Memorial DayMemorial Day was originally intended to honor those that died in the Civil War but unfortunately, that was not the last war that Americans lost their lives in. After World War I, the holiday’s purpose was expanded to include all Americans lost to war. Memorial Day is a day for remembering “those who gave their last full measure of devotion” and to recognize every veteran who has fought and those that are still fighting around the world.

New Jersey is full of Memorial Day events and activities going on statewide. Since Memorial Day is observed on a Monday, many events instead take place over Memorial Day weekend (i.e. the weekend prior to Memorial Day). However, there are also a number of parades, street fairs, observational ceremonies and other community-driven events that take place on the day of. Here is Best of NJ‘s list of Memorial Day events at the Jersey Shore:

Memorial Day Events in Jersey Shore

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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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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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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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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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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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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


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


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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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 …


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 …


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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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


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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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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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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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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NJ Memorial Day Regions

North Jersey Memorial Day

Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Warren

Central Jersey Memorial Day

Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Union

Jersey Shore Memorial Day

Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean, Monmouth

South Jersey Memorial Day

Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

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