Seaside Heights boardwalk during Memorial Day weekend (Kevin Williams, Townsquare Media NJ)

It’s Memorial Day Weekend Eve which is of course the unofficial start of summer at the Jersey Shore and across the country.  It’s also the beginning of what we hope is pretty much a post-pandemic lifestyle as mask and social distancing restrictions end Friday which in itself is something to celebrate.

The 12 months between Memorial Day Weekend 2020 and now at times have been brutal which I don’t need to remind you of.  But if you want some good news than just go back to this time a year ago which I did by looking at the Hometown View segment I did right before the holiday weekend:

In Point Pleasant Beach both Jenkinson’s and Martell’s are closed because the boardwalk and beach are not even open while in Seaside Heights and Seaside Park you can enjoy the beach, walk the boardwalk and eat pizza and ice cream but not much else.  Head south to Long Beach Island and the iconic Fantasy Island Amusement Park remains closed although you can still get wings to go at The Chicken Or The Egg.  In some ways it’s the worst of times.

 That was last year and we head into this holiday weekend in much better shape unless you are a business that can’t find help and is wondering if you can even serve the customers you hope will come through the door. There is one common theme between 2020 and 2021 and that is the weather.  Last year we had four days of clouds, a little rain and cool temperatures.  It appears history might repeat itself.

One thing we should all do on Monday is find a moment to reflect on what the day is all about as we mourn, honor and salute the men and women who have died while serving in the US military.  They made the ultimate sacrifice!

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