Memorial Day Weekend 2019 is finally upon us, marking the beginning of this year’s traditional summer season at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
If you don’t live in or visit the coastal region on a regular basis, trying to accurately describe this first weekend of the summer can be a bit tough to do. But Oldfather Group Chief Buyer Consultant Adam Linder described it perfectly to a new client just last week, stating:
“It’s like it’s your first trip to a department store ever, and you’re walking in on Black Friday!”
If you’ve ever frequented the Delaware and/or Maryland beaches on Memorial Day Weekend, you probably just had a good chuckle. And it’s funny because it’s true, right?
But as it is Memorial Day Weekend, a few reminders if you’re going to be out and about over the next few days:
- Remember that parking meters in all coastal locations are now active. This means it’s going to cost you a few bucks to park your car close to the beaches. Keep this in mind and plan accordingly.
- Remember to practice patience on the roads. This is always one of the busiest weekends of the year at the beaches, and there is going to be a lot of increased traffic on the major roadways. Just take a deep breath and leave a little extra time to get where you need to be.
- Remember the reason for the holiday. Even if you’re not planning on attending one of the Memorial Day ceremonies that we’ll be mentioning below, take a moment to honor those who paid the ultimate price so that we can enjoy a holiday weekend like this at the beach.
Okay, on to the festivals and other events planned for Memorial Day Weekend 2019. Here’s Oldfather Group CEO Dustin Oldfather with a quick video preview…
Without further ado, here are the Oldfather Group’s featured events and festivals for the weekend of May 24-26 at and near Delaware and Maryland’s coastal regions:
Bethany Beach Poseidon Festival (May 24-27). This multi-day festival in Bethany Beach is designed as a way for community members to “celebrate the sea,” while learning about ways to prepare for coastal emergencies.
The Bethany Beach Bandstand will serve as home base for the four days of the festival, which will include a series of family friendly events over Memorial Day Weekend 2019.
Scheduled events and activities include a tribute to Jimmy Buffett by tribute band Parrotbeach, live sand sculpting by local artist George Zaiser, mermaid activities and encounters, pirate shows, a costume contest in search of Mr. and/or Ms. Poseidon, the 2nd annual Bethany Beach Hermit Crab Derby, a scavenger hunt on the beach, a luau party and much more.
There will also be plenty of live music throughout the long weekend. Scheduled performers include Sons of Pirates, the Chris Sacks Band, the U.S. Navy Band Country Current and the aforementioned Parrotbeach.
Visit townofbethanybeach.com for more information.
Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival (May 25). This annual festival is scheduled for Milton Memorial Park and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and celebrates horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds, two mainstays of coastal Delaware’s animal world.
Activities at this fun yearly festival, scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include boat rides down the Broadkill River, canoe trips on Prime Hook Creek, music, food, exhibits, games for the kids and trail walks at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
There will also be a shuttle bus running between downtown Milton and Prime Hook.
For more information on the 2019 Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival, call 302-684-1101, visit www.historicmilton.com or email email@example.com.
Artisans Fair in Ocean View (May 25). This 12th annual event will be held at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and features a wide variety of unique, handcrafted art objects.
An outside farmer’s market is scheduled as part of the event, running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Exhibitors will be displaying their crafts throughout the day and will include areas such as textiles, metalwork, fine art, glass, jewelry, pottery, photography, woodworking and sculpture.
Learn more about this holiday weekend event by visiting the event website here, or by calling 302-732-6336.
Lightship Overfalls Annual Benefit (May 24). The Virden Center on Pilottown Road in Lewes is the location for this yearly event held is support of the Lightship Overfalls, docked in Lewes Harbor.
Scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 24, activities for this holiday weekend event include live music by 33-1/3, plenty of food and drink, live and silent auctions and more.
Memorial Day Ceremonies. There will be several ceremonies held throughout the region in observance of Memorial Day 2019. These include:
- A ceremony and parade hosted by VFW Post 7234 on Monday, May 27, that will begin at 11 a.m. at the Bethany Beach Bandstand.
- A Memorial Day Service on The Circle in Georgetown, scheduled for Sunday, May 26, beginning at 1:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, the Korean War Veterans Association and the Georgetown-Millsboro Rotary Club.
- A ceremony hosted by VFW Post 7447 in Rehoboth Beach will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 27, at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. An open house will follow at the VFW on State Road.
- The 23rd annual Milford Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the Milford Senior Center on Monday, May 27, beginning at 10 a.m. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Council 6438 will provide a 21 Gun Salute as part of the event.
Whatever you choose to do this holiday weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days in the coastal region.
And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
Have a great weekend everyone!