Monday, May 12, 2014

The Wildwoods’ Memorial Day Weekend will be Jam-Packed with Fun


With Memorial Day Weekend around the corner, the Wildwoods have planned a jam-packed weekend of fun events to kick off the 2014 season...

Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony 
Friday, May 23 – Noon
The fun begins on the beach at noon on Friday, May 23 – for the first time ever at Roberts Avenue – join local, regional and state officials for the Unlocking of the Ocean ceremony, which marks the official start of the summer season.  A large, ornate key will be used to ‘unlock’ the ocean and open the summer season.

NEW! Wildwoods Icon Wall Mural Unveiling
Friday, May 23 – immediately following Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony
Immediately following the Unlocking of the Ocean ceremony, the first in a series of planned Wildwoods Icon Wall Murals will be unveiled at the Boardwalk at Roberts Avenue. A famous celebrity in Wildwoods history is the subject of this first icon wall mural – and will be present in person at the unveiling!

NEW! Regional Gymnastics Championships 
Friday, May 23 – Sunday, May 25
The Regional Gymnastics Championships – a new event this year at the Wildwoods Convention Center - will be held Friday, May 23 through Sunday, May 25. Over 600 talented athletes will compete on the floor, balance beam, uneven bars, and vault. Competitions for events will be held Friday, May 23 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, May 24 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; and Sunday, May 25 from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Admission for each event is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Wildwoods International Kite Festival
Friday, May 23 – Monday, May 26
The 29th Annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival, the largest kite festival in North America, also begins on Friday, May 23 and features kite makers from around the world flying their most incredible colorful creations. The kite festival officially starts at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 23 featuring an illuminated night kite fly on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue. However, many colorful kites will be in the air for the Unlocking Ceremony. Kites will be flying all weekend through Monday, May 26.

Gateway 26 Welcomes Bernie Parent
Saturday, May 24
Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Famer Goalie Bernie Parent will be holding a fan meet-and-greet and autograph session at Gateway 26 Arcade from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Gateway 26 is located on the Boardwalk at 26th Street in Wildwood.

Boardwalk Craft Show
Saturday, May 24 – Sunday, May 25 
Also happening in the Wildwoods this weekend is the Boardwalk Craft Show – featuring all handmade products – from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 through Sunday, May 25 on the Boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue.

FREE Summer Kickoff Concert
Sunday, May 25 – 7:30 p.m.
Wildwood Crest’s Summer Kickoff Concert will take place on Sunday, May 25 in Centennial Park, Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, at 7:30 p.m. The free outdoor all-ages concert will feature dance and party hits by The Fabulous Greaseband – marking an exciting start to the summer season. Bring your friends and family out for an incredible time – and don’t forget your beach chair!

Remembrance Ceremonies 

The Wildwoods offer not only fun events but also several solemn ceremonies for remembrance and reflection to honor our veterans and active service persons. On Saturday, May 24, all are invited to a candlelight vigil to honor our active, fallen and stateside troops and veterans at the Wildwood Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, located at Fox Park adjacent to the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4500 Ocean Drive, at 8 p.m., hosted by the Vietnam Veterans Chapter #955 and the American Legion Post #184. A motorcycle procession will precede the ceremony – departing from Rio Grande, NJ at 7:15 p.m.

On Monday, May 26, Wildwood residents and visitors alike are invited to pay their respects during a ceremony at the North Wildwood Veterans Monument at Spruce and New York Avenues in North Wildwood at 10 a.m., hosted by VFW Post 5941. At 11 a.m. a ceremony hosted at the Wildwood American Legion Post #184 at 4200 Atlantic Avenue, Wildwood, will feature speakers, recognition of deceased comrades, a firing squad, "Taps" and wreath laying ceremonies at the post, Memorial Walk and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

Be sure to visit the Wildwoods website at for the most up-to-date information and details about upcoming events and additional information about the Wildwoods, or call 800-992-9732.

Below is a list of the Wildwoods’ Memorial Day Weekend events:*

May 23 – Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony
May 23 – Icon Mural Wall Unveiling – NEW
May 23-25 – Regional Gymnastics Championships – NEW
May 23-26 – Wildwoods International Kite Festival
May 24 – Gateway 26 welcomes Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Famer Goalie Bernie Parent
May 24 – Candlelight Vigil to Honor our Veterans
May 24-25 – Boardwalk Craft Show
May 25 – Wildwood Crest Summer Kickoff Concert featuring The Fabulous Greaseband
May 26 – North Wildwood Memorial Day Ceremony
May 26 – Wildwood Memorial Day Ceremony

* Scheduled events are subject to change/cancellation without notice.


About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Beach Monster Mash Truck Races, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others.

The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions. The Wildwoods’ Morey’s Amusement Piers were named in 2014 among the Top 10 Piers by Coastal Living Magazine. In 2013 the Wildwoods were also recognized as one of the Most Awesome Boardwalks in America by; as the Favorite Shore Town by Delaware County Daily Times readers; as the Favorite Beach and Boardwalk by readers; the Top Family-Friendly Beach Town by; and as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine. They were also named “Best Beaches in New Jersey” in the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2008 Top Ten New Jersey Beaches public survey, sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Wildwoods’ beaches were also named “Best Beach for Family Vacations,” “Best Beach for Tourism,” “Best Beach for Events,” “Best Beach for Eco-Tourism” and “Best Beach for Day Trips” in the same surveys. The Wildwoods were named #1 Boardwalk in the nation by in 2012; and Smarter Travel also named the Wildwoods Boardwalk, one of “Americas Best Boardwalks.” The 2012 list of “15 Destinations on the Rise” for TripAdvisor included the Wildwoods, and voted the Wildwoods one of “Americas Top 10 Scenic Seasides of the Summer.” In addition, the Wildwoods were voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 PHL-17 Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest; and were one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for two years in a row.

For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site,

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