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Ocean City Gears Up for Summer Events

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The Business Persons Plunge organizer John Walton holds the American flag up high as he leads the marchers into the water in 2023.

With just two weeks to go until Memorial Day, Ocean City is getting ready for another summer season.

The official “Unlocking of the Ocean” will take place at noon on Friday, May 24, on the beach at Ninth Street. That opens the gates for the Business Persons Plunge, which immediately follows. Everybody is invited to participate, and more information is available at ocnj.us/bizplunge.

It’s not too late to take advantage of the preseason discount on beach tags. The $5 savings on seasonal tags remains in effect through May 31, and more information on how to purchase tags is available at ocnj.us/beachtags.

Registration for summer recreation programs in Ocean City remains open at ocnj.us/summer-recreation-programs.

Tickets are on sale now for a spectacular 2024 Ocean City Pops season that opens with special guest Bernadette Peters (June 30) and closes with the return of Kristin Chenoweth (Sept. 15).

Singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth performs with the Ocean City Pops on Sept. 15. (Photo courtesy of Ocean City)

The Pops and the Ocean City Theatre Company will team up to present the musical “Grease” (Aug. 6 to 15) at the Hughes Performing Arts Center. The Music Pier schedule also includes country music concerts by the Oak Ridge Boys (July 31) and the Eli Young Band (August 21). The full schedule and ticket information is at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.

More information and ticket sales for the 2024 Summer Concert Series at the Music Pier featuring show that range from the Beach Boys to a Taylor Swift tribute are available at ocnj.us/SummerConcertSeries.

A printable version of the full calendar of summer events is available here and the most updated online calendar is always available at oceancityvacation.com.

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR THE OCNJ TRIATHLON/DUATHLON ON MAY 19

Registration is still open for the OCNJ Triathlon on Sunday, May 19. The low-key race includes a quarter-mile pool swim (timed separately), followed by a two-mile run, 16-mile bike and a final two-mile run. The Duathlon follows the same course without the swim.

A kids’ course includes a one-eighth-mile swim, one-mile run, eight-mile bike ride and one-mile run. The pool swim must be completed between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. The run-bike-run starts at 9 a.m. Online registration is open through 4 p.m. May 15. For more information and to sign up, visit www.ocnj.us/race-events.

Attendees attend the Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in 2023.

MORE MAY EVENTS IN OCEAN CITY

MAY 24 – Unlocking of the Ocean and Business Persons Plunge: Participants dress in business suits, carry brief cases and march into the ocean to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance to welcome the new season. Noon at 9th Street Beach.

MAY 25 – Memorial Beach Challenge for 31 Heroes: The obstacle course challenge is a soft sand adventure race followed by a kids’ fun run. Staging at 9th Street Beach. For registration information, visit memorialbeachchallenge.com or call 856-905-0583.

MAY 27 – Memorial Day Service: 11 a.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park, between 5th Street and 6th Street on Wesley Avenue.

MAY 27 – National Moment of Remembrance: Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute. The moment of remembrance will take place on the Boardwalk.