Celebrating Memorial Day in Cape May

Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start of Summer and there is so much going on in Cape May for the upcoming three-day weekend to kick off the 2019 season!

Finally, the long cold winter is a memory and we can now look forward to fun filled days at the beach! Memorial Day Weekend is also the time that we give thanks and honor those fallen men and women who gave their lives serving our country. 

On Memorial Day, there will be a wreath laying observance held at the US Coast Guard Training Center and the All Wars Monument on Columbia Avenue at 9AM. Then, from 11AM to 1PM, the City of Cape May and American Legion Harry Snyder Post 193 will conduct a Memorial Day Ceremony inside Convention Hall.   The United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May detachments will participate with Flotilla 8-2 of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary in presenting the Rifle Salute and launching of the flower boat from Gurney Street Beach. The public is welcomed to attend the ceremonies and honor our Veterans. 

To start off the holiday weekend, stop by the Willow Creek Winery for Fire Pit Friday to unwind, sit by the fire, and enjoy the sunset over the vineyard.  In addition to Willow Creek Winery, there is the Cape May Winery or Nauti Spirits in North Cape May.  Also, you can visit one Cape May County’s new breweries that have opened in the last couple of months.  Gusto Brewery in North Cape May and COHO Brewery in Cape May Court House are two breweries that you must visit, and both are only a short drive from town.

Celebrating 30 years of bringing beautiful music to Cape May, the Cape May Music Festival brings classical, chamber, jazz and much more to the Festival from May 26 to June 14, 2019.  Over the weekend, The Atlantic Brass Band will perform on Sunday, May 26 at 7PM at the Rotary Bandstand, Lafayette and Decatur Streets, or at the Cape May Convention Hall if the weather is uncooperative.

Also, remember that as of Memorial Day through Labor Day, you will need a beach tag to visit the beach.

Memorial Day: A time for Honor and Remembrance



Memorial Day weekend is here, and summer has unofficially begun!  We hope that everyone’s weekend is filled with friends, family, and fun. But at this time, we also encourage remembrance of the reason why we are able to enjoy this extended weekend. It is because of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our country, our freedoms, and all we that we tout as our national ideals.


If you’re visiting Cape May this weekend, there are a number of opportunities to show reverence to those who have served and sacrificed. Here is a list of Memorial Day events dedicated to honoring these brave souls:



Sunday, May 28th


Coast Guard Sunset Parade – U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May Parade Grounds, 1 Munro Ave. 7 PM – 8:30 PM



Atlantic Brass Band at Cape May Rotary Bandstand (Free Admission) 7 PM – 8:30 PM




Monday, May 29th


Memorial Day Ceremonial Events: 


9 – 10 am  – Memorial Day Ceremony at the All Wars Monument, Columbia Avenue


11 am – Cape May Convention Hall, Wreath Laying Observance


11:45 am – U.S. Coast Guard Rifle Salute and launching of the flower boat from Gurney Street Beach




Memorial Day Parade – Monday, May 29 at 10 am. Memorial Field on Pacific Avenue, next to American Legion Hall, Cape May Court House




Memorial Day Ceremony – Monday, May 29 at 2 p.m. Cape May County Veterans Cemetery, 129 Crest Haven Rd., Cape May Court House




Nightly at Sunset – Flag Ceremony at Sunset Beach (all season long, May – September), More info here.





Homestead Real Estate will be CLOSED on Monday, May 29th in Observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. We wish everyone a peaceful and enjoyable weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend is on its way, and you should be too…

It’s here! The unofficial start of summer, that is. And while the calendar may still read May, everyone knows that summer in Cape May will commence with the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. Ready or not, here it comes! Let’s take a look at what’s coming up over the next few weeks, as well as why there is still plenty of time to reserve your Cape May vacation, and why you should choose Homestead to do so…






This weekend, The Washington Street Mall will feature the spring edition of its semi-annual sidewalk sale. You’ll be pleased with your finds both inside and out as you stroll your way through the mall. The sale will take place 5/18 through 5/21/17 from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm.






Saturday May 20th will host the West Cape May borough wide yard sale. Rescheduled from 5/13 due to inclement weather, this is a fun way to experience West Cape May. Interact with local residents, and of course remain on the lookout for “new to you” bargains! Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Homestead Rental signs, as West Cape May is lovely area to stay for your Cape May vacation.







On Sunday, 5/21, The Garden Club of Cape May will present their Plant and Bake Sale at the Cape May Rotary Park. Stop by and browse the fine array of flowers, herbs, baked goods, and veggies too! This event is also a great way to check out the beautifully redesigned rotary park, in case you missed it last season.






On Saturday, May 27th, it’s yard sale time again. This time, the venue is the Cape May Kiwanis Club and the time is 7 am-2 pm. Memorial Day weekend is prime time for yard sales, so be on the lookout for many others as you stroll in and around town.






Sunday, May 28th kicks off the 28th annual Cape May Music Festival, presented by Cape May’s Mid Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities. The festival will run from May 28th through June 15th. The opening act on 5/28 will be the Atlantic Brass Band. The band will perform an array of American music, perfectly coinciding with the Memorial Day weekend. Come to the Rotary Bandstand, just adjacent to the Washington Street Mall and center of town, and get into the summer spirit with some truly fine music.







A Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance will be held on Monday, May 29th at 9 am (until about 11:00 am) at the All Wars Monument, located on Columbia Avenue. All are welcome to join.



Memorial Day weekend is a time of relaxation and anticipation for the season that is to come. With nearly every business in town opening their doors, some of the most fun to be had lies in simply biking or walking around and experiencing new establishments, as well as returning to your old favorites. Many long time Cape May vacationers were first introduced to the town during a holiday weekend stay. Why not let yourself become one of them!









Whether you have or have not been to Cape May, we want to remind you that we still have vacation rental availability for the upcoming 2017 season. In fact, we expect to see the usual surge in reservations after the Memorial Day weekend. Don’t lose out on your chance for a vacation. Homestead features rental properties for a wide range of styles and budgets. And speaking of budgets, did you know that you can place a reservation with Homestead and conveniently make payment with a credit card? (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). Furthermore, Homestead handles our own payment processing and absorbs the cost of all credit card fees. We believe paying with your credit card is a necessary convenience, not a privilege. It’s just one more reason why we are the clear choice for all of your Cape May vacation rental needs.




Looking ahead….



As we move towards the month of June, we’d like to remind everyone that the ever popular West Cape May Strawberry Festival will be taking place on Saturday, June 3rd at Wilbraham Park. It’s a fantastic way to take part in a local tradition and kick off your summer.






On Saturday June 10th and Sunday, June 11th, Homestead will be sponsoring a very special event! Join the renowned Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, former member of Sweet Honey in the Rock, for “Building a Vocal Community”. This exciting event will show community unity through music! Events for both days will take place at the Cape May Lutheran Church, 509 Pittsburgh Ave., Cape May, NJ.








We hope everyone is eagerly anticipating the start of the summer, and we’d like to wish you a peaceful and relaxing Memorial Day weekend. We hope to see you here in town as you help us welcome in another summer season over the next few weeks.



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