Memorial Day Weekend Features a Number of Great Events Throughout the Region

If you live at the Delaware and Maryland beaches, or anywhere nearby, then you already know what's coming this weekend as the official Summer of 2021 kicks off here in the coastal region.

And with recently relaxed cornonavirus restrictions and some nice weather in store, we're expecting a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend followed by a much better summer than we all endured a year ago.

A few reminders before we get into what's going on this weekend in the region.

  • Restaurants are Back to 100 Percent Capacity. While this is technically true, please remember that many of our local restaurants are yet to get back to pre-pandemic staffing levels. This is going to be a busy weekend for everyone, so please try to be a little extra patient as service may not be as quick and seamless as you've grown accustomed to during past Memorial Day Weekends.
  • Funland is Still Dealing with Restrictions. If you're going to everyone's favorite place on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, remember the rules that are in place at bars and restaurants are not the same as they are at larger facilities like Funland. At least for now, you'll still need a reservation to enjoy the rides on the Boardwalk, which you can obtain at www.funlandrehoboth.com.
  • Leave Some Extra Time to Get Where You're Going. It should go without saying that traffic is going to be crazy this weekend, so be sure to keep that in mind when heading out on the roads. Particularly after a difficult 2020, pent up frustrations may just come out this weekend with larger crowds than in past years.
  • Outdoor Concerts Have Returned! If you missed our blog last week on all of the great outdoor concerts coming up this summer, including Memorial Day Weekend, click here and schedule your favorites.
  • Lewes Memorial Day Parade Cancelled. One of the highlights of most Memorial Day Weekends, this fun and festive parade has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Decisions on big events like this had to be made well in advance, obviouslylong before the relaxed mask and social distancing mandates were announced. Incidentally, the Annapolis Memorial Day Parade has also been cancelled, if you had planned on attending that one.

In other words, a little patience is going to be required as we all maneuver our way through the season's first big holiday weekend. If so, we can all have a great time as we kick off the Summer of 2021.

Now here are a few of our top choices for the next few days in the coastal region, as well as upstate Delaware, southeastern Pennsylvania and Maryland's capital city of Annapolis.

Pick your favorites and have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend everyone!

Let's get started...

Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival (May 29)

EDITOR'S NOTE: As of Friday afternoon, May 28, it was announced that the Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival is being postponed due to bad weather that's expected on Saturday. We will update you when we know more.

You know things are starting to get back to normal when you look on the calendar and see one of the early season's most beloved festivals scheduled for this weekend. And after a one-year hiatus in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, we're certainly happy to see this one returning for 2021!

This year's festival will be held entirely in downtown Milton and is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, May 29.

Scheduled activities for this always fun event include kayak rides, exhibits, arts and crafts, live music and plenty of activities for the kids. Most activities are free, as is entrance to the festival.

This annual festival celebrates horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds and is a fundraiser this year for the Friends of Prime Hook.

Scheduled exhibitors include the DuPont Nature Center, the Brandywine Zoo, the Friends of Prime Hook and Envirotech, among others.

Visit www.historicmilton.com for more information on the 2021 Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival.

Delaware by Hand Annual Outdoor Fine Arts and Crafts Show (May 29)

If you're heading to the beach for a fun Memorial Day Weekend, be sure to stop by the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes for this holiday weekend event.

Free for all members of the public, the show is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., on Saturday, May 29.

Organizers promise that nearly 50 artists will be on hand in 2021, displaying their creations in everything from furniture and wood to metal, glass, ceramics, sculpture, photography, jewelry and more.

Memorial Day Picnic and Dance Party (May 30)

It's Memorial Day Weekend at the beaches and that mean it's time to cut loose and have a little fun! And if that's what you're looking for, the gem that is the Milton Theatre has just the thing for you.

Billed as a "Socially Distanced Dance Party & Picnic," this festive Memorial Day Weekend event will be held in the quayside area outside the theatre on Sunday, May 30, from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Milton Theatre will have everyone hooked up for this holiday party, with party favors available for purchase, the on-site beer garden open and serving your favorite adult beverages (don't forget to try one of their slushie spiked drinks) and food ranging from hot dogs to freshly baked cookies, popcorn and more.

Why not celebrate Memorial Day Weekend on the shores of the Broadkill River kicking back, dancing to your favorite music and enjoying some great food and drink? Just remember to either bring your own chair or a few bucks to rent some of the theatre's quayside furniture.

Learn more about this fun holiday weekend event here or call the Milton Theatre at 302-684-3038.

Summer Kickoff Ceremony (May 28)

Heading over into Maryland now, Ocean City is once again planning a big event to officially welcome the Summer of 2021.

Held on North Division Street and the Beach, the summer kickoff ceremony begins at 11 a.m., on Friday, May 28, and will once again feature a giant American flag as well as the ceremonial planting of the year's first umbrella on the beach.

This year's kickoff ceremony will also honor frontline workers, healthcare workers and first responders who have been so vital to all of us getting through the last year or so.

City officials have also announced that, beginning on Friday and running through Monday, 13 beams of light will be displayed on the beach at dusk to honor military personnel who have been killed in the line of duty, as well as first responders and health care workers.

Join us as we pay tribute to all of these brave and courageous individuals while welcoming the official summer season at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

Wilmington Memorial Day Parade (May 30)

Speaking of the holiday weekend, if you've never seen the Memorial Day Parade in Wilmington, well you simply don't know what you're missing! And while this year's event isn't at the scale of years past due to the remnants of the coronavirus pandemic, it's still going to be a great event for everyone in the Wilmington area.

This festive and patriotic parade is actually the longest consecutively running Memorial Day Parade in the United States, with 2021 marking the 154th year of the event.

This year's parade is going to be a little different from most, with activities actually centered around the Soldiers and Sailors monument on Broom Street in downtown Wilmington.

The event begins at 6 p.m., with the public invited and encouraged to attend.

For more information on this year's modified Memorial Day Parade, visit www.wilmingtonmemorialdayparade.com.

40th Anniversary Chester County Mustang & Ford Show (May 30)

If you enjoy seeing a great assortment of both new and classic Ford Mustangs, then the Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, is where you're going to want to be this Sunday, May 30.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the popular event and is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Awards given out for 2021 will include seven different Mustang classes and one Ford powered class, as well as a "President's Choice" award. Goodie bags and dash plaques will also be distributed to all entrants.

Click here for more information on this year's Chester County Mustang & Ford Show.

Scandalous Annapolis (May 30)

This fun walking tour of Annapolis is led by a guide who's dressed as a colonial indentured servant and begins at Market House Park downtown.

Scheduled for 7:30 to 9 p.m., on Sunday, May 30, participants will hear a number of scandalous anecdotes and memorable tales about things that used to go on inside the homes and taverns of historic Annapolis.

The price is $20 per person for this unique 90-minute experience in Maryland's capital city.

Learn more about the Scandalous Annapolis tours by clicking here.

Featured Events In May

Coastal Delaware/Maryland

Lewes British Motorcar Show (May 1)

Lewes Sidewalk Sale (May 1-2)

2021 Spring Dewey Golden Jubilee (May 7-9)

Springfest (May 6-9)

Maryland Coast Bike Festival (May 8)

Dewey Beach Arts & Fun Fest (May 8)

Funland Opens for the Season (May 8)

12th Annual Seashore Half Marathon (May 8)

37th Annual Spring Sidewalk Sale-Rehoboth Beach (May 12-16)

Spring Fling Art Show and Sale (May 15)

Cruisin' Ocean City (May 20-23)

Rehoboth Boardwalk Arts Festival (May 22)

Summer Kick Off Ceremony (May 28)

Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival (May 29)

Northern Delaware/Chester County, PA

Chester County History Center Spring Fest (May 1)

Train Day at the Marshall Steam Museum (May 2)

Longwood Gardens Festival of Fountains (Beginning May 6)

Wilmington Flower Market's 100th Anniversary (May 6-8)

Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival 2021 (May 8)

West Chester Railroad’s Mothers Day Express (May 9)

90th Radnor Hunt Races (May 15)

Bellefonte Arts Festival (May 15)

Styer’s Festival of the Peony 2021 (May 15-31)

40th Anniversary Chester County Mustang & Ford Show (May 30)

43rd Annual Winterthur Point-to-Point (May 30)

 Annapolis

May Day in Annapolis (May 1)

Virtual Annapolis By Candlelight (May 1-7)

Mother's Day Cruise in Annapolis (May 9)

African American Heritage Tour (May 15)

Scandalous Annapolis (May 30)

Kent/Queen Anne's/Talbot Counties - Maryland

Cambridge Homebuyer Seminar (May 1)

Oysters and Indians Public Paddle (May 15)

Chesapeake Classic Yo-Yo Contest (May 22)

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