Your Ocean City Memorial Day Weekend Guide

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After the long, cold, very wet slog of winter, the unofficial start of summer hath arrived, and we are in for some pretty, prettttttty good weather.

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Some possible thunderstorms around the time this hits your inbox and perhaps again late day Saturday, but other than that, low 70s, mostly sunny.

Let’s get right to it.

In the email today:

📆 Upcoming Events in (and around) Ocean City

Friday, May 24

  • 👨‍💼 Unlocking of the Ocean Business Persons Plunge | Moorlyn Terrace Street Beach | 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 25

  • 🏃‍♂️‍➡️ Memorial Beach Challenge | Beach by Music Pier | Family-friendly obstacle course event starting at 7:30 a.m.— two races, including a kids fun run, full event details here and registration info here

  •  🍉 Somers Point Farmers Market (Somers Point) | 1000 Shore Rd. | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 26

Monday, May 27

  • Memorial Day Parade (Somers Point) | Throughout Somers Point | Details here

  • 🇺🇸 Memorial Day Service | Veterans Memorial Park | 11:00 a.m.

  •  📴 National Moment of Remembrance | Everywhere in America | Congress asks that every American stop what they’re doing at 3:00 p.m. to pause for a one-minute moment of remembrance

You can see the full list of events in all nearby Shore towns with the following links: Ocean City | Sea Isle | Margate | Avalon | Stone Harbor | Somers Point | Wildwood | Cape May | Ventnor

Also note the Ocean City Library has many events for adults and kids alike on their calendar, which can be viewed here.

🦀 Free Crab Fries and Farley Rest Stop Party Today

Two big things going on during your trip down today.

Chickie’s and Pete’s will continue its annual tradition of picking up the Farley toll on the Atlantic City Expressway from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m today.

That’s great and all, but if I’m still on the AC Expressway at 4:00 p.m. and not sipping an ice cold Surfside eating a fresh slice of Manco’s while watching Action News tell us its Memorial Day Weekend at that hour… well, I just might be homicidal.

Leave a little earlier and you’ll be able to pick up free crab fries at the Farley Rest Stop from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., along with a host of other vendors during that time.

There will be an outdoor celebration with complimentary food and drink from:

• Hershey's Ice Cream

• Mars

• Carlo's Bakery

• Applegreen

• Monster Energy Drink

The celebration will also include:

• The Funny Farm rescue sanctuary

• Dalmatian puppies for puppy meet and greets

• New Jersey State Police K9 dog team

• Atlantic City International Airport Fire and Rescue Equipment

• Dozens of other organizations, vendors, artists, and exhibitors

Prepare yourself for the Boardwalk this summer by running the 6-man weave of crab fries, ice cream, candy, desserts, fast food, and a sugary energy drink this afternoon!

🎤 Bob Kelly In Town Today

Jammo on 34th Street!

Bob Kelly will be in town as this email goes out, on Friday morning from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the new Sandcastle Putt Club on 34th Street, which we’ve told you all about.

Not much more to add here, but people on Facebook are already complaining about the $14 mini golf tickets. Uh, $14? That’s not bad. Have you bought a pizza lately?

🍕 Bakeria 1010 Soft Opens

Speaking of expensive pizza, Mike Fitzick, aka Pizza Jew, is re-locating his old Linwood Bakeria 1010 to 955 Asbury Ave. and is now open for business.

Fitzick has bounced all over the place, including a very short-lived stint at Express Pizza in the Gardens last summer.

His Island Square was very good (7.5 out of 10), but prohibitively expensive early on. Square pies will top out at $38 at Bakeria.

Still, try this I shall:

🦀 Obadiah’s Hard Opens

So I’m just going to be honest here: I had no idea Obadiah’s Seafood Market reopened last year.

Perhaps that’s because they never held their grand re-opening, which they did last week.

Obadiah’s Seafood Market is owned by the Blue Dog Hospitality Group, backed by Tim Fox, which purchased other favorite spots like Yesterdays and Deauville Inn, both of which have reopened to great success.

From OC Sentinel:

Captain Obadiah’s is the latest of the four properties to get a face-lift and likely will be followed next year by Sketties, which has been closed for several years. Brenna said they are planning to stick with the Italian theme that is “fun for the whole family.”

The seafood market staff prides itself on helping would-be chefs prepare a successful meal for the family. Captain Obadiah’s recipes are hanging on the front wall, allowing patrons to get the fresh fish from the raw case and other ingredients from the dry goods section before heading home for a culinary adventure.

“We’ve been working on this venue for about a year. We did a lot of improvements, dialed in the menu a little bit. We are reinventing what we’re doing here,” Blue Dog Vice President Adam Modder said.

OC Sentinel

🥖 Patroni’s Is Opening Soon

Speaking of running it back… the former Voltaco’s building, which just sold a few weeks ago, already has a sign for the new spot we told you about last week.

It’s not open yet (we don’t believe) as they are aiming for a mid-June open. Stay tuned for a deep dive review.

🏝️ Sand House Isn’t Ready To Reopen

Well this is going to disrupt my summer. Sand House is one of my favorite spots, given its Gardens proximity. But it is not ready to reopen.

I spoke to the owner and he said that following the project to raise the building this winter (which we told you about in February), they discovered that the building was “basically rotted and has to go through engineer, city approvals, etc to continue the job.”

“We should be back on track for mid summer reopening.”

The project was aimed to be completed by April 1.

But their other restaurant, Dockside Kitchen, looks like it’s ripping and ready to go:

🛟 List of Guarded Beaches This Weekend

From Saturday, May 25, 2024 through Friday, May 31, 2024, the following beaches will be guarded:

  • St. Charles Place

  • Brighton Place

  • 8th Street

  • 9th Street

  • 10th Street

  • 11th Street

  • 12th Street

  • 26th Street

  • 34th Street

  • 58th Street 

🌊 Tides

Friday, May 24, 2024:

  • Low Tide: 3:41 AM

  • High Tide: 9:29 AM

  • Low Tide: 3:32 PM

  • High Tide: 9:45 PM

Saturday, May 25, 2024:

  • Low Tide: 4:23 AM

  • High Tide: 10:10 AM

  • Low Tide: 4:12 PM

  • High Tide: 10:26 PM

Sunday, May 26, 2024:

  • Low Tide: 5:05 AM

  • High Tide: 10:57 AM

  • Low Tide: 4:53 PM

  • High Tide: 11:13 PM

Monday, May 27, 2024:

  • Low Tide: 5:48 AM

  • High Tide: 11:50 AM

  • Low Tide: 5:40 PM

Tuesday, May 28, 2024:

  • High Tide: 12:06 AM

  • Low Tide: 6:37 AM

  • High Tide: 12:47 PM

  • Low Tide: 6:37 PM

Wednesday, May 29, 2024:

  • High Tide: 1:03 AM

  • Low Tide: 7:32 AM

  • High Tide: 1:45 PM

  • Low Tide: 7:47 PM

Thursday, May 30, 2024:

  • High Tide: 2:00 AM

  • Low Tide: 8:30 AM

  • High Tide: 2:43 PM

  • Low Tide: 8:50 PM

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