BRADLEY BEACH — Bradley Beach’s annual Memorial Day Festival will be held Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29, officially setting off summer festivities with a patriotic party.
The weekend of May 27 through 29 is packed full of Memorial Day-related activities and ceremonies. In particular, the vendor exhibition, parade and memorial service will take place over the course of Saturday to Monday, giving an entire weekend for family and friends to celebrate summer and commemorate the holiday.
On May 27 at 9 a.m., the vendor fair will begin, with kiosks lining the Promenade selling all manner of crafts, food and activities.
The party continues into Sunday the 28th at 9 a.m., with the vendors continuing to sell their wares through that evening at 7 p.m.. The exhibition will also have activities for kids and grown-ups alike, including face painting, a bouncy house and tons of live music.
Music will be provided by DJ Jay Danceman under the Fifth Avenue gazebo from 12 to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, mixing tunes live for public enjoyment. Following DJ Jay’s sets will be two different acts: on Saturday at 5 p.m., LittlexLittle will take the stage; on Sunday at 5 p.m. will be Classic Rewind.
The Grand Marshal of Bradley Beach’s Memorial Day Parade is U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Sean Johnsen, who served from July 2016 to July 2021. The parade steps off Saturday, May 27 at 10 a.m.
According to Tourism Director Amy Hall, the parade will feature nine marching bands—Bradley Beach Elementary School’s band included. Additionally, the parade is set to have several unique marching groups.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 29 in Riley Park on Main Street. The service will recognize the patriotism of those who have died in combat or who have served and passed away.
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