Celebrate Memorial Weekend with Fleet Week, Kick Off to Summer and more....

Memorial Day is Monday May 27, 2019. On this day, we remember and honor all the men and women who died while actively serving in the U.S. Military. Many Memorial Day parades are held in local towns and communities. This holiday also marks the unofficial start of summer. To kick it off, here are some top Memorial Day and Memorial weekend events in the New Jersey / New York area. Also check NJ Kids calendar for more Memorial Day ideas.

Fleet Week New York

May 22-27, 2019
Want to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen? Help celebrate the sea services during Fleet Week New York. FREE to view Parade of Ship anywhere along the Hudson River, from Battery Park to the George Washington Bridge on May 22nd. Plenty of fun activities throughout the week: take a tour of ships, watch performances, see demonstrations and more! Activities on Pier 86 are FREE to the public. Check for schedule and locations in New York Harbor, New York City, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and beyond.

Fleet Week at the Intrepid Museum

May 22-27, 2019
Watch the U.S. Navy Parade of Ships sail up the Hudson River from the deck of the Intrepid Museum. Join in special education programs, pop-up Planetariums, and music performances. Explore history, science, service and tributes. Pier 86 @ W 46th St, New York, NY.

Fleet Week at Liberty State Park

Sunday, May 26, 2019, Noon-5PM
FREE and open the public. Come meet sailors, marines, and Coast Guardsmen. Fun filled day at Liberty State Park showcasing maritime services. See demonstrations: U.S. Navy Fast Rope, U.S. Navy Dive Tank and Robotics, U.S. Marines Martial Arts, U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue. See military displays, vehicles, and helicopters. Plenty of kids activities, including a youth challenge obstacle course. 1 Audrey Zapp Dr., Jersey City, NJ.

New Jersey Renaissance Faire

May 18, 2019 through June 2, 2019
The NJ Renaissance Faire is filled with entertainment for the whole family. Truly a one of a kind experience with talented villagers dressed in period costumes. Check out sword fighters, dancers, musicians, comedians, jugglers, acrobats, magicians, fire breathers, sword swallowers and more! $ Admission. 1195 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown, NJ, 888-864-8222.

Catch The Yankees vs. Padres (Giancarlo Stanton Bobblehead Day)

Monday, May 27, 2019, 1:05PM
Root on your favorite Bronx Bombers baseball team, the NY Yankees. Spend a fun family afternoon at Yankee Stadium watching a great game. Eat hotdogs, popcorn, cracker jacks, and other treats. There’s still time to buy your tickets.

Sahara Sams - Memorial Day at the Beach Club

May 25-27, 2019
Summer kick off party all weekend long. Enjoy 3 days of beach fun at Sahara Sam’s Beach Club, our Outdoor Water Park. Bring the kids and get wet! 535 North Route 73, West Berlin, NJ, 856.767.7580

Tropicana Boardwalk Fireworks and Multimedia Light Show

May 25, 2019
FREE. Kick off the start of summer with Tropicana’s Fireworks by Grucci. This incredible display begins every Saturday starting Memorial Day weekend. Then followed by a Multimedia Light & Sound Show. 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ.

52nd Annual African American Heritage Parade & Festival

May 24-27, 2019
The 2019 theme is “Protecting our Legacy for the Next Generation". The African American Heritage Festival will have carnival rides, balloons, pony rides, celebrities, vendors, live entertainment and much more! Weequahic Park, Newark. Heritage Parade will take place Monday May 26th @ 1PM, Broad Street, Newark, NJ.

International Kite Festival in Wildwood

May 24-27, 2019
FREE to spectators. North America Kite Festival featuring kite makers from around the world! Festivities follow with the opening of the kite sales tent and the Friday night 9PM illuminated kite fly. Kite flying on the beach Saturday and Sunday, as well as kite workshops and family games. World Indoor Kite Competition on Monday. Rio Grande Ave Beach and Wildwoods Convention Center.

Resorts Casino’s Memorial Day Beach Ball Drop

May 24-27, 2019
Join Resorts as they kick off the summer with their annual Beach Ball Drop. Local radio station WMMR will be broadcasting live. This event also features contest, games, strolling entertainers, giveaways and more. The FREE Ball Drop will take place on Friday May 24th at 5PM with over 5,000 beach balls dropped over the boardwalk. 1133 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ.

Memorial Day Beach Challenge in Ocean City

Saturday, May 25, 2019, 7AM
Join Ocean City for their Annual Memorial Beach Challenge fundraiser. Great fun for all ages. The Kids Fun Run is designed to allow children to be a part of the day’s fun in celebration of The 31Heroes Project. The course features many safe obstacles that are appropriate for children. The adult obstacle challenge uses Navy SEAL inspired obstacles that is a test of strength and mental toughness. Ocean City Music Pier, Ocean City, NJ.

Bradley Beach Memorial Weekend Celebration

May 25-27, 2019
This popular Bradley Beach Memorial Day weekend event includes food vendors, crafters, kids activities, rides, music and more! Plenty of fun for children and adults. Memorial Day Parade held Monday May 27, 2019, 10AM. Ocean Ave, Bradley Beach, NJ.

Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival at Monmouth Park

May 25-27, 2019
Celebrate Memorial Day and kick off the summer at the annual Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival. This 3 day event features over 40 trucks, live music and more. Clowns, face painters, pony rides and a bounce house will be at the Racetrack on Saturday and Sunday for FREE Family Fun Days activities. Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ.

Wildwood Crest Summer Kickoff Concert

Sunday, May 26, 2019
This FREE Memorial Day Summer Music Series concert will take place at Centennial Park. Bring a beach chair and/or blanket and celebrate the beginning of summer. Kevin Miller’s Smashed will be playing music for all ages to enjoy. In general, the summer concert series lasts through September. Fern Rd and Ocean Ave, Wildwood Crest, NJ

Woodland Park Memorial Day Street Fair

Monday, May 27, 2019, 11AM-6PM
Street Fair with a classic block party feel. Kids section with fun things to do such as kiddie rides, face painting, sand art, pony rides and petting zoo. Plenty of food vendors, crafters, music, entertainment and fun! McBride Ave, Woodland Park, NJ