BY SAMANTHA MATTHEWS

NIGHT & DAY MAGAZINE 

 

It is hard to believe that the summer has already sailed by before our eyes and that Labor Day weekend is here. We can find a note of fall in the air with the weather being slightly crisper some days and the back to school routine, while different this year, still setting in. While this Labor Day weekend certainly looks different than those of years past as most town celebrations were cancelled due to COVID-19, there are still some fun festivities to partake in this weekend as a way of saluting farewell to summer. 

 

But while summertime sadness may set in for some, town natives embrace the start of local summer, where September beach days become a little cooler in temperature and less crowded in attendance. With the majority of 2020 going differently than any of us could have imagined, it’s no surprise that this fall will look different as well. Some beach towns are extending the summer and making it feel endless by keeping guards on the beach longer than normal. 

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND FESTIVITIES  

Kick off the weekend a little early on Thursday, Sept. 3 and catch a fireworks display that is sure to dazzle the night sky. Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach puts on a fireworks show every Thursday night at dark, weather permitting. Find a place on the boardwalk or bring a blanket and stake out a spot on the beach, sit back, relax and enjoy the show. For updates, visit jenkinsons.com or facebook.com/JenksBoardwalk. 

 

Catch a movie under the stars this weekend at the Baronet at The Asbury Hotel, 210 5th Ave., Asbury Park. Sit back and take in a movie at the fifth-floor, rooftop cinema, which features state of the art projection and sound equipment as well as a 20-foot movie wall. The lawn of the outdoor theater has been painted to define zones safely distanced from other moviegoers. Chairs are first-come, first-serve and can be limited on busy movie nights so guests are encouraged to bring their own beach chairs and blankets.

 

Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the movie will start once it gets dark. The weekend lineup includes: “Les Miserables” on Friday, Sept. 4; “Onward” on Saturday, Sept. 5 and “When Harry Met Sally” on Sunday, Sept. 6. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit theasburyhotel.com/baronet. 

 

On Saturday, Sept. 5 enjoy the best flea market on the Jersey Shore at The Historic Village at Allaire, 4263 Atlantic Ave., Wall Township. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., those in attendance can hunt for bargains among vintage treasures, bric-a-brac, books, artwork, handmade items, knick-knacks and more. Masks and social distancing are required. 

 

Entrance to the event will be a $3 donation per person, which includes free admission to the Historic Village. The Pilsen Gourmet Food Truck, General Store and Bakery will also be open. For more information and the full list of rules for the event in light of COVID-19, visit allairevillage.org. 

 

Head to Monmouth Park Racetrack, 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport on Saturday, Sept. 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for Kentucky Derby Day. Celebrate The Run For The Roses plus a day of live racing at the track. Due to the anticipated popularity of Derby Day, Monmouth Park is offering special dining packages that include guaranteed entry for live racing and Derby Simulcast, which will include all of the Kentucky Oaks Day races. 

 

While all Clubhouse dining is sold out, fans can still enjoy additional dining options for purchase. Monmouth Park’s first race will kick off at 12:50 p.m. Tickets are still available for the Derby Day Picnic Party, which includes an all-you-can-eat picnic lunch from 1 to 5 p.m. and access to trackside picnic area seating. All food and drink will be individually served in compliance with COVID-19 protocols. Derby Day Guaranteed Entry tickets are also still available for purchase and include a $10 food voucher plus guaranteed track entry. 

 

Get in the spirit of Derby Day and dress to impress to be named Derby Day’s Best Dressed. Show Monmouth Park your Derby best with coordinated outfit, mask, hat and accessories. The best dressed winner will receive a $100 Derby bet. Those 21 and older can sip on a Mint Julep otherwise known as a Derby Day must, which will be served at all bars and available in a commemorative Derby glass. 

 

General admission will be allowed day-of on a first-come, first-served basis based on capacity restrictions  as it has been throughout the entire season. Parking and admission to the track remain free of charge. Masks and social distancing are required. In addition, live races will also take place on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 7. For more information and to purchase tickets in advance for Derby Day, visit monmouthpark.com. 

 

OTHER ACTIVITIES   

Keansburg Recreation presents the Floatopia Labor Day Festival on Saturday, Sept. 5 from 12 to 8 p.m. at Keansburg Beach off Baywalk East on Beachway and Main. Keansburg Recreation invites you to end the summer with their fun filled Labor Day celebration. Grab your coolest float and head to the beach for this family friendly event, which will feature live music, food trucks and water floats. Go for the fun and stay for the show. 

 

Live entertainment for the day will feature No Limit DJ Entertainment from noon until 5 p.m. followed by Anyone’s Guess performing from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/KeansburgRec.

 

Seaside Park’s 2020 Art & Craft Show will take place on Saturday, Sept. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Police Department lawn, 1 Municipal Plaza, Seaside Park. Those in attendance can peruse a selection of handmade crafts, goods, decor and more. The rain date is set for Sunday, Sept. 6. For more information, visit sesaideparknj.org. 

 

Jersey Shore Running Club’s [JSRC] 27th Annual Saturday in the Park Women’s 5K to benefit organizations with programs dedicated to providing shelter, counseling, advocacy and education for women and their families in Monmouth and Ocean counties  is now virtual. The difficult decision to cancel the “live event” had been made due to ongoing coronavirus health and safety concerns for runners, walkers, spectators, volunteers and the partners and community organizations that support the event. 

 

Now open as a Virtual 5K – Saturday in the Park 2020 will be different than usual as participants will be allowed to run or walk the 5K on any day from Saturday, Sept. 5 through Saturday, Sept. 12 in a park or elsewhere. Run or walk the 5K and then enter your time to see how it compares to other participants. 

 

Also new for 2020 there is a Virtual 5K for Men in order to allow more people to support the event and charities. There will be a $15 registration fee that will help JSRC donate to their event charities during this time when they are suffering financially. Anyone who prefers not to run or walk the virtual 5K, but is interested in supporting the cause can make a donation online. For more information and to register or donate, visit saturdayinthepark5k.org. 

 

ENDLESS SUMMER  

While it may seem like summer is quickly coming to a close, many beaches in Monmouth and Ocean counties have decided to extend the season this year meaning local summer will just have to wait. 

 

Due to concerns that tourists will continue to visit local beaches after Labor Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a plethora of beaches are extending their summer season until the end of September. By extending the season beach badges will still be required for all beachgoers and lifeguards will be present when the beaches are open. 

 

Allenhurst Beach Club extended the season through Sept. 13. Lifeguards will be on duty and badges will be required until after that date. For more information, visit allenhurstnj.org. 

 

Asbury Park’s beach season will be extended through Sept. 30 with beaches scheduled to be open daily. Hold onto your season badges as they will still be honored and daily badges will continue to be sold. Daily beach passes will only be available for purchase through the mobile app, Viply and the number of passes will be limited. The passes will be available each day starting at 6:30 p.m. for the following day only until quantities sell out. For more information, visit cityofasburypark.com/beaches. 

 

Avon beaches will be open two additional weekends during the month of September, the Sept. 12 and Sept. 19 weekends and season or daily badges will be required. Norwood Avenue Beach, Sylvania Avenue Beach and Washington Avenue Beach will be staffed with lifeguards, cashiers and gate attendants and open for swimming. Woodland Avenue Beach will be open for surfing and or swimming at the discretion of the Beachfront Supervisor or Chief Lifeguard. For more information, visit avonbytheseanj.com.

 

The beaches of Bradley Beach will have lifeguards on duty on the weekends until Sept. 30 and badges will also be required on the weekends. Starting on Sept. 8 Bradley Beach beachfront will operate under “rough surf management rules” during the weekdays, which means swimming will be allowed unless dangerous conditions exist. For more information, visit bradleybeachnj.gov. 

 

Long Branch has officially extended their beach season and beaches will remain open until Sept. 30. Lifeguards will be on-duty, weather permitting, on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Badges will be required for all beachgoers and season badges will be extended until Sept. 30. For more information, visit longbranch.org/departments/beach. 

 

Manasquan’s beaches will extend their season by two weekends. On the weekends of Sept. 12 and Sept. 19 lifeguards will be on duty and badges will be required for beach access. For more information, visit manasquan-nj.gov.  

 

Monmouth Beach’s Bathing Pavilion will be open the weekend of Sept. 12 and 13. Lifeguards will be on duty and beachgoers will be charged to access the beach. For more information, visit monmouthbeach.org. 

 

Ocean Grove’s beach season has been extended for two additional weekends. Weather permitting the beach will be open and staffed the weekends of Sept. 12 and Sept. 19. Beach badges will be required and capacity will be limited. For more information, visit oceangrove.org/beach. 

 

Ortley Beach’s beach season has also been extended for the three weekends after Labor Day: the weekends of Sept. 12, 19 and 26. Weather permitting beaches will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on the weekends season badges will continue to be honored while daily badges will also be sold. For more information, visit ortleybeach.org. 

 

The Sea Girt beach season has been extended through Sept. 30. Beach badges will be required on the weekends of Sept. 12, Sept. 19 and Sept. 25 and lifeguards will be on duty. Weather permitting the pavilion, bathrooms, bath house and concessionaire will also be open through Sept. 30. For more information, visit seagirtboro.com/beach. 

 

Seaside Heights beach season will be extended through Sept. 30. During the week four of the borough’s beaches will be staffed daily and on the weekends all beaches will be open. For more information, visit seaside-heightsnj.org. 

 

Seaside Park’s beach season will also be extended and beaches will be open and staffed by lifeguards and badges will be required on weekends only through September. For more information, visit seasideparknj.org.