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Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City like a Local

Briana Graham

Briana is an Ocean City local that has a passion for writing and is a recent graduate of Stockton University.

Briana is an Ocean City local that has a passion for writing and is a recent graduate of Stockton University.

Sep 29 3 minutes read

Each year, Memorial Day Weekend kicks off another beautiful summer at the shore by combining family, friends, food, and festivities in a celebration that energizes the island. With the multitude of things happening in town, we understand that figuring out exactly what to do can be a little overwhelming. So, to help our welcomed guests navigate through all the excitement, The Davish Company presents to you our top five MDW 2018 must-do’s. Made for you by locals, so you can celebrate like one!


Friday, May 25th 

Ocean City Coffee Company

Nothing jumpstarts a weekend quite like a shot of espresso—and no one does espresso quite like The Ocean City Coffee Company. With three locations (1066 Boardwalk, 916 Boardwalk, and 917 Asbury) serving up freshly roasted coffee, delicious pastries, and homey vibes, us locals know this place to be the start of a great day. Bonus: if you purchase apparel here, whenever you wear it into the shop you’ll receive a 10% discount on your order. 


"Unlocking of the Ocean" and Business Persons Plunge

First, witness O.C. tradition at the “Unlocking of the Ocean” ceremony and then, participate in it during the Business Persons Plunge. The paired events begin at 12pm next to the Music Pier. While jumping into Atlantic Ocean fully-clothed may seem a little strange, we promise that it’s also very fun. You can sign up for the event here


Saturday, May 26th

Memorial Beach Challenge

Skip your morning boardwalk run in favor of the Memorial Beach Challenge, a 2.5 mile obstacle course that spans the 5th-15th street beaches. The race begins at 8 a.m., but you should sign up ASAP. Followed by a kids fun run, and plenty of post-workout lunch spots, this event appeals to every family member. Register.


Sunday, May 27th

Smitty's Clam Bar

Every pro knows that you can’t complete MDW without at least one stop at The Clam Bar in Somers Point. Located just over the bridge and directly on the bay, this indoor/outdoor, BYOB restaurant boasts mouth-watering seafood specials, great conversation, and is even dog friendly! Just make sure to get there early. This place gets its hype for good reason.


Monday, May 28

Memorial Day Service

While we hope everyone has a fun-filled holiday weekend, we also realize how important it is to recognize the reason for our national celebration. That is why we believe the 11a.m. Memorial Day Service at Veterans’ Memorial Park on 5th street is the perfect event to wrap up your visit to Ocean City. This meaningful event sums up what this weekend (and this town) is all about—tradition, community, and respect. 

Happy Memorial Day! We’ll see you on the beach.

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