How to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Northern Delaware

If you want to avoid the crowded beaches this Memorial Day weekend, there's plenty to do around northern Delaware to embrace the unofficial start of summer.

With Memorial Day weekend comes tourist season at the Delaware beaches. While the First State’s economy and coastal business owners benefit from the summer season, many Delawareans would rather avoid the crowds and traffic during what is usually the busiest weekend of the year.

If you’re trying to keep it laid-back this Memorial Day, here are things to do in northern Delaware that allow you to skip the throngs of beach-goers and still enjoy the summer vibes.

Check out the Beer Garden at Whitehall

Enjoy live music by Beacon and all the summer feels at this Middletown beer garden. Spend your Friday indulging in great food from Bivouac Pizza, local craft beer, outdoor yard games and quality time with friends and family. It’s the perfect way to start Memorial Day weekend.

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Friday, May 24 | 801 Mapleton Avenue, Middletown

Spend the Evening at Constitution Yards

Constitution Yards is the quintessential summer experience in Wilmington. With riverfront vibes, plenty of local beer on tap, and room for dogs and kids to run and play, this is an ideal place to spend a weekend evening. Live music starts at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Friday, May 24 | 308 Justison Street, Wilmington

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Set Sail Aboard the Kalmar Nyckel

The Tall Ship of Delaware will set sail from Old New Castle for 2.5-hour cruises throughout Memorial Day weekend. Discover all there is to see on this 17th-century Swedish war ship replica. Grab tickets online, and make a day of it by exploring Historic New Castle upon your return to the pier.

Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27 | 1 Delaware Street, Pier, New Castle

Go to the Philly Faire

Just over the line in Philadelphia, enjoy the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire from Saturday to Monday. The three days will be filled with fantasy, fun and family entertainment. Spend your Memorial Day weekend watching performances like juggling, folk singing, magic shows and more. Enjoy delicious food and drinks, including a number of Renaissance-themed options. Plus, test your skills at fun activities like knife throwing and archery.

Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27 | Fort Mifflin, Philadelphia


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Enjoy a Tropical-Inspired Tiki Cruise in Wilmington

This custom-built tiki boat provides public and private cruises with a full bar, music, a restroom and plenty of comfortable seating on board. Throughout Memorial Day weekend, Paradise Tiki Tours offers various options from family-friendly tiki tours to “Aloha Hour” happy hour cruises and evening sunset cruises.

Saturday, May 25 – Monday, May 27 | 620 Justison Street, Wilmington

Go to the Wilmington Memorial Day Parade

Held every year on May 30, the Wilmington Memorial Day Parade is the oldest continuous parade in the nation. Join the City of Wilmington as it reminds the public of the importance of Memorial Day. This year, the parade will take place at Delaware and Woodlawn Avenues at 6 p.m. before making its way to the Soldiers and Sailors monument.

Thursday, May 30 | Delaware Avenue, Wilmington

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