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Memorial Day Weekend Events In New Jersey

Memorial Day In New Jersey

Your Guide to the best 2020 Memorial Day Ceremonies, Events, Parades, and Festivals

This year Memorial day will be celebrated on Monday, May 25, 2020.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

It is a time for parades, flags, and wreath-laying ceremonies paying tribute the who died serving our country.

Memorial Day is also the unofficial beginning of summer in New Jersey with the Jersey Shore beach communities coming alive with activities.

Many of these activities include music festivals, ethnic festivals, fireworks, auto racing events and special events geared to the kick off of summer.

2020 New Jersey Memorial Day Weekend Events

Despite the many restrictions on events, festivals and large public gatherings, there is still plenty to do this Memorial Day Weekend. Until further notice, New Jersey state parks are open for passive use only, While a limited number of restrooms will open, pavilions, and visitors centers will remain closed. Social distancing will be enforced. Municipal Parks status is determined by local Governments.
Hiking, Horseback Riding, fishing, boating, canoeing and kayaking, recreational campgrounds, both public and private are permitted. Parking lot capacity at 50%

The restriction on people gathering outdoors has been lessened from 10 to 25, including Memorial Day cookouts. However, indoor gatherings are still limited to 10 people.

Fortunately New Jersey is loaded with a wide variety of hiking, biking and boating activities.
Check out our web page page for outdoor recreation in New Jersey.

Delsea Drive-in
Friday May 22, Saturday May 23, and Sunday May 24, 2020; Box office opens at 6pm
2203 South Delsea Drive
Vineland, NJ
New Jersey's only operating Drive-in theatre is openeing for the season beginning this Memorial Day Weekend.
They will have two big screens showing a double feature with the first feature strating at 8:30pm. The four films will be:
Sonic the Hedgehog, Jumanji: The Next Level, I Still Believe, and Midway
COVID-19 safety precautions will be observed. Masks/face coverings must be worn by all patrons when outside of the vehicle whether going to pick up food and beverage at the patio or using the restroom. If vehicles are closer than six feet apart, then all windows, sunroofs, or convertible tops must remain closed, unless the safety of the occupants is endangered or if an officer, public official or guard requires the vehicle to open. *ALL vehicles will be parked greater than 6 feet apart. Parking attendants will direct drivers as to how and where to park.

New Jersey Memorial Day Weekend Beach Status - As of May 19, 2020

New Jersey's beaches are severely affected by the CoVid-19 pandemic. Most NJ Beaches and Boardwalks are currently planning to be open by Memorial Day with some restrictions. Social distancing, as a minimum is expected to be enforced. This year, beach goers are advised to check the on-line status of the beach before visiting the beach of your choice, to ensure the restrictions are clearly understood before venturing out.

Please Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the State and Municipality's announce their plans

Monmouth County Beaches
  • Asbury Park - Beaches and Boardwalk will be open. The Boardwalk will be set up for one-way travel in each direction. Pedestrians will be asked to stay to the right when walking. Please follow signage and markings on the Boardwalk. Social distancing will be required on the Boardwalk. Benches will be removed from the Boardwalk until further notice to eliminate congregation. Face coverings or masks will need to be worn. Face coverings/masks do not need to be worn when swimming or sunbathing Asbury Park Convention Hall will remain closed until further notice, however the restrooms will be accesible to the public from the beach side entrance, expect long waits.. Overall beach capacity will be controlled by limiting the number of beach passes sold. Individual areas of the beach will be monitored daily and access points may be closed to ensure proper social distancing.
    Check on-line status
  • Avon By The Sea - The Boardwalk and beach are open subject to social distance restrictionsThe beach will permit swimming with lifeguards. Sitting or congregating on the boardwalk is prohibited. Walking or running is allowed and bicycle riding will be allowed before 9 AM
    . Check on-line status
  • Belmar - The Belmar Beach and boardwalk are open. They have removed benches and opened the boardwalk for pedestrian traffic only. Bicycles, skateboards, scooters or dogs are not permitted at any time. Beach badges are required for admission to Belmar's beaches from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Face masks must be worn to enter a boardwalk restroom.
    Check on-line status
  • Bradley Beach -The Promenade and Beach are open to be utilized for exercise purposes only. The Beaches and Lifeguards are on duty beginning on Memorial Day Weekend and are open on Weekends until June 18, 2020 when they are then open daily. Beach Badges are required when the beaches are open. Public restrooms are located at Newark, LaReine, Third and Evergreen avenues. Showers are located at each beach entrance. Changing rooms are located and Cliff and Third avenues.
    Check on-line status
  • Deal Beach - The Beach and Boardwalk are open. Social Distancing Guidelines are in place. No Dogs on the beach or boardwalk No bikes, Rollerblades, or skateboards on the boardwalk at anytime. Daily badges can be purchased at the W. Stanley Conover and Hathaway Avenue Beach. Restrooms will be open, but there will be limits on capacity.
    Check on-line status
  • Keansbug Beach - The beach has reopened with restrictions. The parking lot, batting cages, select restaurants, fishing pier and beach will be open Memorial Day weekend.
    Check on-line status
  • Long Branch Muncipal Beach - The Beach and Boardwalk are open with social distance restrictions. The bathroomms remain closed with portable toilets at various locations
    Check status on-line
  • Manasquan Beach - The Beach and walkway is open to season pass holders only .Psrking will be open to season pass holders only and the beach will remain in "park status" under the municipal emergency declaration.
    Check on-line status
  • Monmouth Beach - Beach is open. Facemasks will be required everywhere, including buying food at the snack bar or on the pavillion, but not on the beach. .Bathrooms will be operating at 50 percent capacity and staff will be constantly inside cleaning them.
    Check on-line for status
  • Ocean Grove
    The Beach and Boardwalk are currently open with social distancing. a badge purchase will be required to access the beach.. Large public bathrooms have been closed in favor of single-occupancy portable toilets.
    Check on-line status
  • Sandy Hook
    Check on-line status
    Beginning May 9, the following Sandy Hook sites will be open for passive recreation from 5 am to 7 pm daily: Parking lots B, C, D, E, and G will be open at 50% capacity Most trails including the Multi Use Path Both ocean and bay-side beaches will be accessible for passive recreation (beaches will not be lifeguarded) 2019 Fishing Permits will be honored for access. Passive recreation includes activities such as: running hiking fishing kayaking. Prohibited activities: swimming picnicking group gatherings and activities. Permanent restroom facilities will remain closed; however, portable units will be available for public use.
  • Sea Bright - The beach remains open. Patrons will have four access gates to enter the Municipal Beach in Sea Bright. The walkway on top of the sea wall will be closedThe Municipal Beach which offers lifeguards, rescue personnel, parking, restroom facilities, and seasonal locker rentals. To utilize these municipal facilities a daily or season beach badge is required for anyone age 12 and older, with the exception of active military personnel and their families, who are always welcomed onto the beach at no charge.
    Check on-line status
  • Sea Girt
    The Sea Girt Beach and additonal facilitoies will be open for Memorial Day weekend. Bathroom facilities will be open but social distancing will be enforced and bathrooms will be closed on a periodic basis for cleaning. Outdoor showers will be open; water fountains will not be available. Beach capacity will be monitored and social distancing guidelines will be enforced on the beach and at entry points. No Badges will be sold Memorial Day Weekend. On-line purchase/registration is required by May 19th in order to pick-up your badges for the Memorial Day weekend.
    Check on-line status
  • Spring Lake
    For 2020, the beach will be opened in two phases
    Phase One: May 23 through June 14:
    Beach access will be open at all access points to encourage you to spread out on the beach. Once on the beach, they are asking all residents and visitors to follow social distancing guidelines. The boardwalk will remain closed except at the designated access points, and the parking restrictions are still in place Residents and visitors are required to wear masks when utilizing bathrooms, snack bars, and access points, and when interacting with beach staff, lifeguards or police officers. Large groups and gatherings are prohibited.
    Check on-line status

    Ocean County Beaches

  • Barnegat Light - Beach is open sibject to social distance restrictions. Lifeguards are off duty until June 2020. For families with young children, they have a guarded Bay Beach at 25th St. & Bayview. Beach Badges are required for all beach patrons 12 years-old and over.
    Beach badges are required for beach access during lifeguard hours.
    Check on-line status
  • Brick Township
    Brick Beach 1 and Windward Beach will be open for swimming on Memorial Day weekend and on weekends through June 14. Beach supervisor will close access to beach if crowds are preventing effective social distancing. Beach staff will regularly disinfect restrooms, equipment, lockers, etc
    Check on-line status
  • Island Beach State Park
    Check on-line status
    The Beach is open and with select restrooms opened They are open from 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. — these hours include Mobile Sport Fishing. Gates close at 7:30 p.m. Parking limited to 50% capacity
  • Lavallette
    Lavallette reopened its beaches. The boardwalk will be open for walking and exercising.
    Check on-line status
  • Long Beach Township
    Beach is open with social distance restrictions. Restrictions on all parking lots, parks, playgrounds and restrooms will be lifted starting 6/1. Beach badges will be required for beach usage starting 6/1. Beach Badge Shack is open everyday from 9am-3pm
    Check on-line status
  • Ortley Beach
    (Toms River Township) Includes: Shelter Cove on the bay.
    The Berach is open with enforcement of strict social distancing guidelines on the beach. Beach access parking lots will also be open. Bathrooms will be open and cleaned hourly. Each public counter has partitions to protect workers and residents and all counters will also be equipped with hand sanitizer. Ortley Beach will be manned by lifeguards on Memorial Day weekend and weekends of June 6-7, June 13-14 and fulltime commencing on June 20th. At this time, we are following state guidelines and CDC recommendations including social distancing and recommending face masks.
    Check on-line status
  • Point Pleasant Beaches
    The Maryland Avenue Municipal Beach will be reopened. Beach Associations will be given the option of also opening at that time and most have chosen to do so. Jenkinson's boardwalk and beaches are closed.
    There will be a daily limit regarding the number of groups allowed on the beach at any one time in order to allow sufficient space for proper social distancing. The following rules will apply at Maryland Avenue:
    Badges will be required on Memorial Day Weekend and weekends only throughout early June.
    The Beach will be held to a maximum capacity limit. When daily capacity is reached, no more patrons will be allowed. Swimming will only be permitted when badge checkers and lifeguards are present, using the badge checking schedule above. Maintain a minimum of 6 feet of distance from groups you did not arrive with at all times. Those failing to do so will be asked to leave. No groups of 10 or larger will be allowed on. No dogs will be allowed on the beach. Badge checkers will be wearing masks and gloves. Beach goers are encouraged to wear a mask when in line waiting to get on the beach, masks will not be required once on the beach.
    All parking east of the railroad tracks — about a half-mile from the sand — will be for residents only. All parking east of the railroad tracks will require an emergency placard to be displayed at all times. Two placards will be issued per household. Residents with driveways are encouraged to utilize those fully
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  • Seaside Heights
    The beach and boardwalk will be open with a ban on large gatherings and no sports, and no swimming, no coolers, and no dogs. Face coverings are encouraged but not mandatory. Public restrooms will be open on a on a limited basis but showers will remain be shrinkwrapped and shut down.
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  • Seaside Park
    Seaside Park beaches have reopened with all social distancing requirements imposed and enforced. No gatherings of 10 or more people will be permitted on the beach and boardwalk for any reason. Public restrooms will be available and hours will be limited in conjunction with beach operations.
    They are only accepting online purchases for beach badges at this time. . Beach Badges will be required beginning Memorial Day Weekend. All badges including Seasonal, Senior (65+), Weekly and Daily badges will be sold this summer.
    Check on-line status
  • Ship Bottom
    Long Beach Island
    Borough Beaches are open to the public with social distancing restrictions in effect
    Beach Badges are required at both bay and ocean beaches from mid June through Labor Day, during lifeguard hours..Bathrooms are not expected to be open for Memorial Day weekend. There will be no lifeguards on duty for Memorial Day weekend.
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  • Surf City
    Long Beach Island
    Borough Beaches are open to the public with social distancing restrictions in effect Changing rooms and showers are not provided.
    Beach Badges are required at both bay and ocean beaches from mid June through Labor Day, during lifeguard hours..
    Check for on-line status

    Atlantic County Beaches
  • Atlantic City
    (609) 347-5312
    The Beaches and Boardwalk in Atlantic City are free and remain open with social distance restrictions
  • Brigantine
    (609) 266-7600
    Effective Friday May 22nd, all beaches will be open for recreational activities, swimming and sunbathing. Normal Social distancing procedures and masks should be worn by all. Families are permitted to congregate in groups, up to 10 in size and couples may sit together. Swimming is permitted at guarded beaches only.Lifeguards will be on the beaches at Roosevelt Blvd, 16th St, 26th St and 38th St only for the beginning of the season.The Beach Fee Office will be open beginning Friday May 22nd at 9am. Beach tags, parking permitsand 4x4 permits will be available for purchas
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  • Longport
    Although Beaches Remain open with Limitations, Public Restrooms, Showers and Water Fountains Remain Closed. Sunbathing, sitting in chairs and congregating in groups are prohibited.
    The Borough of Longport Currently Does Not have its Beach Tags for Sale for the 2020 Summer Season. Due to the Current Coronavirus, COVID-19, Pandemic, Local Officials are Monitoring the Situation Regarding Beach Openings.
    Check on-line for status
  • Margate
    Until further notice, Beach is open for walking, jogging and exercising while following social distancing guidelines,. Sunbathing, sitting in chairs and congregating in groups are prohibited.
    Check on-line for status
  • Ventnor City
    Beaches Now Open for Passive Recreation, Boardwalk Remains Closed Ventnor beaches are open for walking - running/jogging – exercising- dog walking (on leash only in all while maintaining social distancing. The Boardwalk remains closed. Surfing and paddle boarding allowed. Gathering in groups on the beach is not. Surfing and paddle boarding will be allowed. Gathering in groups on the beach is not. Please change and prepare for surfing OFF the beach and boardwalk until those areas are reopened.
    Check on-line for status

    Cape May County Beaches
  • Avalon
    (609) 967-5530
    Starting Friday, May 22nd, beaches are open for passive recreation including beach chairs, blankets, and sunbathing is permissible with lifeguards on duty for the summer.  The Avalon Beach Tag Booth remains closed until further notice.  No beach tags will be required on Avalon’s beaches until Friday, July 3rd.
    Check on-line for status
  • Cape May
    Beginning Memorial Day weekend, Cape May City beaches will be open for walking, jogging, running, surfing, fishing, and sunbathing. People must maintain a six-foot distance from each other and wear masks while passing others.
    The Promenade is open walking and jogging with social distancing and wearing a mask/face covering while passing other people. For your protection, please don't use the benches at this time because of cross-contamination concerns. Restrooms remain closed.
    Check for on-line status
  • Cape May Point
    The beaches are partially reopened for passive recreation only..
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  • Ocean City
    The beaches are now open for all regular activities. Public restrooms on the boardwalk are open and being sanitized throughout the day. Hand sanitization stations have been installed at regular intervals along the boardwalk.
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  • Sea Isle City
  • The beaches and promanade are open with limitations to all social distancing guidelines. The promenade will be permitted to walk, run, bike and skate in the fresh salt air.
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  • Stone Harbor
    The beaches will be open for the enjoyment of all residents and visitors. Stone Harbor beaches will be open for passive and active purposes, which now includes the use of beach chairs and blankets. However, organized games, contact sports, sports camps, and special events are prohibited on the beach. The beaches will be patrolled to make sure that social distancing practices are followed and there are no large groups of people gathered.
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  • Upper Township/Strathmere
    Upper Township will allow full access to their beaches for all permitted activities.Dogs are not permitted on the beach at this time. Use caution while at the beach, there are no lifeguards on duty. Beaches will be protected beginning on Memorial Day Weekend
    All beaches in Upper Township are free and do not require beach tags.
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  • Wildwoods (includes North Wildwood, Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest)
    Until further notice, the boardwalk for Wildwood and North Wildwood will be open for walking, running, and other activities, though Morey's Piers will remain closed.
    Beaches, parks, and other public spaces will open for all activities, including stationary activities like sitting in a chair or lying on a blanket. Social distancing must be practiced, Rosenello stressed.
    Restaurants on the Wildwood Boardwalk are open for business.Tram Cars are NOT open at this time, they will operate after Memorial Day Weekend.
    Wildwood Crest beach will be open. Visitors must remain at least six feet apart, excluding family members, caretakers, household members or romantic partners. Groups should be limited to 10 or less people. Organized beach games, contact activities and water play equipment are still prohibited at this time. Portable toilets will be available to the public at various points along the beach next week. They will be cleaned and sanitized regularly.
    All Wildwood beaches are Free


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