Things to Do Memorial Day Weekend in NJ
There’s so much fun to be had in NJ for the unofficial kickoff to summer. Here are some ideas (even in case it rains)!
There’s so much fun to be had for you and the family in NJ during the weekend that marks the unofficial kickoff to summer like Memorial Day parades. Here are some ideas! And if the rain keeps you from going outside, no worries; there are plenty of indoor play places to get you through the weekend without a single "I'm bored" from the kids.
In Case It Rains
Rain keeping you inside? Head to one of the following venues instead. Take them to The Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey to learn about different kinds of aircrafts (the museum will be closed Monday, but open 10 am-4 pm Sat-Sun). Willing to take a road trip? Hit the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Philadelphia, PA or Yonkers, NY so your kids can get their STEM on. Little scientist at home? The Liberty Science Center has tons of demos, exhibits and games for your mini to fall in love with. If he's more into crafts and art, head to Montclair Art Museum (closed on Monday) for a gallery tour and hands-on activities.
When: May 28, 10:30 am race start (rain or shine)
Where: Davenport St. and Main St., Somerville
More than 600 professional and amateur cyclists will be competing in this year’s Tour of Somerville, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Races are separated by gender and age. Park yourself, your friends and your family all weekend on the downtown curbs to watch the incredibly fast action, or stroll around enjoying the vendors, live music, kids activities, food stands and entertainment while the races take place around you.
Cost: Free admission for spectators, cyclists registration begins at $40.
When: Memorial Day through Labor Day, plus weekends in September and October
Where: 1519 State Rte. 903, Jim Thorpe, PA
Bring along the whole family this Memorial Weekend for a fun-filled, family-style whitewater raft trip! Paddle a rapid, kick your feet over the edge of the raft or take a swim in the river. Each raft can accomodate 4-6 people. Plus, there's a free, all-you-can-eat riverside barbecue especially for rafters and your fam can have a photo taken on the river.
Cost: Holiday rate is $59.99 for adults, $49.99 for kids 4-12
When: May 25-28, 8 am-8 pm
Where: Convention Center and Beach, Wildwood
Watch hundreds of colorful kites fly across the sky during this beach party! The event begins at noon with the Unlocking of the Ocean ceremony on the beach. This is followed by many more exciting events throughout the weekend, including a Friday night social, kite demos, an illuminated night kite fly and family games.
When: May 19-20, 26-27; June 2-3
Where: 1195 Florence Columbus Rd., Bordentown
Come out to New Jersey's largest Renaissance Faire this Memorial Day Weekend! This event will host activities that all ages will love, including live jousting, a plethora of medieval and modern food, Shakespeare readings, music, juggling, magicians, acrobats, a full-scale chess match and much more.
Cost: $20/adults, $12/ages 5-12
When: May 26-28, 11:30 am
Where: Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport Ave., Oceanport
Whether you’re a self-proclaimed “foodie” or just someone who really loves to eat, you’ll adore this festival dedicated to a wide range of gourmet food trucks. About 45 of the area’s best trucks come to Monmouth Park Racetrack to serve up all kinds of treats from cheesesteaks, fried bacon, lobster rolls and empanadas to cupcakes and waffle sundaes.
Cost: $5/ages 12 and up, $5/parking
When: May 23-29
Where: Various locations; Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island
Come through to see the US Navy ships, US Coast Guard cutters and more vessels. There'll be tours at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum and ships docked at Pier 86.
When: May 28, 11 am–6 pm
Where: 1150 McBride Ave., Woodland Park
This fun and family-friendly street fair event will transform McBride Avenue into a giant block party. The kids section will include kiddie rides, face painting, sand art, temporary tattoos, pony rides and a petting zoo! Parents can do some shopping and support local merchants and businesses, as well. You can also look forward to live entertainment all day long, as well as delicious crowd-favorite foods like hot dogs, ice cream, zeppoles, shish kabobs, fresh squeezed lemonade, Italian ice, french fries, cheesesteaks, and more.
When: May 26-27, 9 pm (fireworks show starts)
Where: Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne, PA
After spending the day with Elmo, Cookie Monster and Count von Count, check out an evening performance of the Sesame Street gang's Neighbor Street Party Night Parade, which will be followed by an impressive fireworks display.
Cost: Included in admission
When: May 26, 10 am–6 pm (rain or shine)
Where: Overpeck County Park, Fort Lee Rd., Leonia
Come to the post-winter grand opening of Field Station: Dinosaurs' Bergen County home. See massive, animatronic, true-to-life dinos of all kinds in a zoo-like setting (a few even respond to sound and focus on children) from a T. rex to NJ's "state dinosaur" the Hadrosaurus. Dig for fossils, see a 3-D movie, visit a paleo lab—and prepare to be surprised!
Cost: $15-60 ages 2 and up
When: May 25-27
Where: Ocean Ave., Bradley Beach
Head to the shore for this beachfront celebration. Make it in time for the parade, then hang out for the arts and crafts, food, activities and waves (dip your toes in!). Who doesn't love the Jersey Shore?
When: May 25-26, 6-10 pm Fri.; 12-9 pm Sat.
Where: Sadowski Parkway, Perth Amboy
Start the holiday weekend with tons of food, art vendors and live music from The Feeling Collective Band, Joe Tiano, Tequila Bamboo, SHAMAN, Tiffany Silva and other artists. Close the festivities with a bonfire on the beach.
When: May 26, 10 am-7 pm
Where: Mill Hill Park, Trenton
New Jerseyeans from around the Garden State gather to celebrate this beloved meat. Visit the Tot Cart, chow down on Smoke House BBQ and lounge around with other lovers (and join the Taylor Ham vs. Pork Roll debate).
When: May 26, 9 am-6 pm
Where: Farpoint Toys and Collectibles, Mays Landing
The 11th Annual It's A Toy Show invites kids of all ages (even the kids at heart) to peruse toys, collectibles and nerdy crafts. Geek out and keep your eyes peeled for the many surprises in store.
Cost: Free admission and parking
When: May 25-26
Where: Yogi Berra Stadium, Little Falls
What better way to celebrate the US of A than with America's favorite past time? Watch the Jackals face off against the Quebec Capitales on Friday night and stick around for fireworks worthy of opening night. On Saturday, join the Memorial Day Bash. Chow down at the Beer & Burger Fest and kick it back with $5 ice cold craft beers, plus stick around once again for a killer fireworks show.
When: May 26
Where: Skylands Stadium, Augusta
The first thousand fans will receive free mini American flags, and all can witness Sussex County's biggest fireworks show at the end of the night. Come with an empty stomach for the Beer & Burger BBQ and indulge in more than 20 craft beer options.
Check out our round-up on Memorial Day parades! Find a celebration near you.