Memorial Day Season Opener

Posted 5/08/06
By Jacob Schaad Jr.

Memorial Day weekend, once heralded as the opening of the tourism season in Cape May County, gets going May 27 to 29 with many activities scheduled for tourists and residents alike.

No longer can we say that the shore season actually begins on Memorial Day.

In Cape May County, the fun and games get underway as early as February with President's Day events and in March with St. Patrick's Day parades, followed throughout the spring by festivals and special events that draw thousands of visitors during what once was known as the "off season."

Official Summer Season

But Memorial Day is the big one - the tradiitonal start of the summer season. Some tourism officials say it's the biggest holiday of the year, even bigger than the Fourth of July.

And on this upcoming Memorial Day weekend 2006, tourists and visitors will have plenty to do besides sunning on the beach, taking a dip in the ocean or strolling on the promenade.

Cape May Events

In Cape May much of the action will take place at Convention Hall.

On Sunday night, May 28, starting at 8 , the Atlantic Brass Band, a favorite with audiences here, will present a rousing patriotic program as part of the 17th annual Cape May Music Festival. Earlier that day in the same building an antique show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. And on Saturday, May 27, Convention Hall will be busy again with a craft show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The true meaning of Memorial Day is captured on Monday, May 29, with a commemorative program at Convention Hall at 11:15 a.m. That's followed by the traditional ceremony of a wreath being dropped into the ocean from a Coast Guard helicopter. This ceremony has been held in Cape May for many years and is one of the most impressive and meaningful ceremonies honoring those who paid the supreme price for serving their country.

Wildwoods Events

Meanwhile, the Wildwoods will have a plethora of activities on Memorial Day weekend as well.

The town's biggest event, one of the biggest of the year in fact, will be the international kite festival from Friday, May 26, to Monday, May 29, on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue and inside its relatively new state-of-the-art Convention Center. Colorful kites will decorate the sky, even at night with an illuminated kite, and there will be workshops, exhibits, indoor competitions and much more.

The Wildwood Boardwalk just south of the Convention Center will host a craft show on Saturday and Sunday, May 27, and 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday night the skies will also light up with what has been described as "a fireworks extravaganza" at 10:30 on the beach at Pine Avenue , Wildwood.

North Wildwood, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, will hold a Memorial Day ceremony under the sponsorship of the city's small but very active VFW post at the Veterans Monument at Spruce Avenue and North Wildwood Boulevard at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 29.

Stone Harbor

Speaking of mmeorial Day ceremonies, Stone harbor holds its annula Memorial Day Parade on Monday at noon.

Sunday in Stone Harbor, don't miss the annual "Turlte Trot" race starting at 8AM.

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