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Guide to Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City, NJ

first_imgMONDAY, MAY 25Wreath Ceremony: At 9:15 a.m., Ocean City Beach Patrol lifeguards will place a memorial wreath in the waters off the Ninth Street Beach in memory of those who have given their lives in the service of our country.Rededication of WCTU Fountain: At 10 a.m., members of the WCTU, (Women’s Christian Temperance Union) and members of the Ocean City Historical Museum will re-dedicate the W.C.T.U. FOUNTAIN in front of City Hall and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the gift.Memorial Day Service: Ocean City’s annual Memorial Day Service will be held 11 a.m. on Mon., May 25 at Veterans Memorial Park, 5th and Wesley Ave. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be moved across the street to the Tabernacle Auditorium. GUARDED BEACHES MAY 23 TO MAY 29The Ocean City Beach Patrol will lifeguards starting on Saturday, May 23, a the following beaches:Stenton PlaceSt. Charles PlaceBrighton Place8th Street9th Street10th Street11th Street12th Street26th Street34th Street58th StreetBeaches are guarded from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The Ocean City Beach Patrol strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches. If you have any questions, please call 525-9201 or 525-9200. The annual Business Person’s Plunge follows the Unlocking of the Ocean on Friday, May 22, 2015 at Ninth Street Beach in Ocean City, NJ.City officials will turn the key on another summer season at noon Friday, May 22.The annual Unlocking of the Ocean ceremony takes place on the beach adjacent to the Ocean City Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. The century-old tradition marks the beginning of the traditional tourist season.The forecast calls for sunny skies and mild temperatures for the holiday weekend, and the Ocean City Beach Patrol will be on patrol at select beaches for the first time this season.The Unlocking the Ocean ceremony, in which Mayor Jay Gillian, other city officials and Ocean City Beach Patrol representatives use a large wooden key to open the season, marks the start of a Memorial Day Weekend filled with events.A newer tradition immediately follows. The annual Business Persons Plunge invites anybody to take a fully clothed plunge into the unlocked ocean. John Walton, event organizer, will lead more than 100 enthusiasts across the beach and into the ocean. Mascots, including Fin of the Flanders, Fry Guy from Jilly’s, Martin Z. Mollusk from the Chamber of Commerce, Wonder Bear from Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, Mr. TD from TD Bank and Mr. Taffy from Shriver’s, will join local business owners in taking the plunge.The Cumberland Regional High School Chorus, directed by Ed Sayre, will serenade plungers and spectators before and after the ceremony.Memorial Day Weekend events will include the following: SATURDAY, MAY 23Kids climb makeshift sand mounds as part of the fun run in the Memorial Beach Challenge.Memorial Beach Challenge: Watch or participate in three simultaneous events: a beach obstacle race, a stand-up paddleboard race in a box course through the surf and a kids fun run. The event raises money for the families of fallen Navy SEALS and other charities. It’s visible from the beach and boardwalk near the Ocean City Music Pier starting at 8 a.m. Read more about the event.Patriotic Pops: Pianist-performer Linda Gentille will star in a patriotic program with the Jersey Shore Pops Orchestra at 7 p.m. in the Music Pier Auditorium, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Special guests are the Victory Belles. Tickets are $25-$40. Call 1-800-838-3006 or visit www.JerseyShorePops.org. WEATHERThe National Weather Service forecast (as of Wednesday) calls for sun and a high of 73 degrees on Friday, sun and high of 67 on Saturday, sun and a high of 72 on Sunday, and clouds and a high of 73 on Monday. The ocean water temperature is 58 degrees. Follow links to our Daily Beach Report on OceanCityVacation.com for real-time reports on water temps, waves, wind and other beach conditions each morning this summer, starting Saturday.last_img

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