Happy Memorial Day Weekend 2018 everyone!

Yes, with the arrival of this earliest of summer holidays, coastal Delaware's high season is officially upon us. We've got so much to look forward to over the next few months, highlighted by warm weather, longer days and many fun and exciting things to do here at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

First and foremost, though, we urge everyone to pay respect this weekend to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that we can all live good lives here in this country.

Their selfless acts ensure that we remain safe and secure in the United States, and able to enjoy all that makes living here in the coastal region such a wonderful experience.

So get out this weekend and have some fun with family and/or friends, visit some of the great events we're previewing below and just generally enjoy the long holiday weekend. But please take a moment to recognize the meaning of the day in the process.

Okay, on to our highlighted events for Memorial Day Weekend 2018. As always, we've found some great happenings for you to consider and we're going to tell you everything you need to know about each one of them in just a moment.

But first, our CEO Dustin Oldfather would like to whet your appetite with a short video preview.

REMINDER: be sure to check out the interactive map at the end of this blog entry to learn more about this weekend's featured events.

Now, on to this weekend's featured events. Here are our top five choices for fun and exciting things to do in the coastal region over the 2018 Memorial Day Holiday Weekend.

Take a look...

Prime Hook Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival (May 26). This 15th annual festival is scheduled for both Milton Memorial Park and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, and will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 26.

This annual festival celebrates horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds, two mainstays of coastal Delaware’s animal world. 

Activities at this fun yearly festival include entertainment, a children's activity tent, guided canoe trips, nature walks, bird house building and plenty of other fun activities. There will also be more than two dozen vendors and an assortment of food trucks present at the event, as well as a free shuttle bus taking members of the public between the two locations.

This event is hosted by the Milton Chamber of Commerce, Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and the Milton Historical Society.

For more information on the 2018 Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival, visit www.historicmilton.com.

Lewes Memorial Day Parade (May 28). This patriotic annual parade is sponsored by American Legion Post 17 and the City of Lewes. It begins at Lewes Presbyterian Church on Franklin Avenue at 11 a.m., and ends at Post 17 on Legion Road in Lewes. 

The Ladies Auxiliary will also be selling cupcakes and promoting poppies from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, call 301-706-0213 or 302-236-9828.

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Poseidon Festival (May 25-28). This multi-day festival in Bethany Beach is designed as a way for community members to "celebrate the sea" while learning about ways to prepare for coastal emergencies.

The Bethany Beach Bandstand will serve as home base for the four days of the festival, which will include nightly entertainment and fun for the entire family. 

The event kicks off on Friday, May 25, with music by "the Bullbuckers," followed by a showing of "Dead Men Tell No Tales" on the beach. Saturday, May 26, features activities at the Nature Center beginning at 10:30 a.m., with nightly entertainment including an "Emergency Meet and Greet" at the Bandstand from 5:30 until 9 p.m., a steel drum concert at 6 p.m. and music by "Parrotbeach," beginning at 7:30.

Things continue on Sunday, May 27, with a "Hermit Crab Derby," beginning at 1 p.m., and music by the United States Navy Cruisers Band at 7:30. A Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. and the steel drum duo "Island Fusion" wrap things up on Monday, May 28.

For more information on the 2018 Poseidon Festival, visit townofbethanybeach.com.

Sailor's Life for Me (May 25-27). This seventh annual maritime celebration is centered around the Zwaanendael Museum in downtown Lewes, with events scheduled at several nearby locations.

Focused on the town's maritime history, events include life at sea demonstrations, activities by several local organizations, including the Lewes Historical Society and the Overfalls Foundation, and a living history encampment at Canalfront Park.

Tours of the Lightship Overfalls will also be available and there will be two separate wreath-laying ceremonies, one at Captain James Drew's grave at Saint Peter's Episcopal Church and a separate service honoring the crew members of the HMS DeBraak.

For more information, call 302-645-1148.

Artisan's Fair at Lord Baltimore Elementary (May 26). This sixth annual event, held on the grounds of Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View, is scheduled for Saturday, May 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Artisans in several different fields will be displaying their wares, including photography, jewelry, pottery, ceramics, painted furniture and many more.

The event is sponsored by the South Coastal Delaware AARP and proceeds will go to support scholarships for area high school students, as well as scholarships for adults wanting to continue their education.

Around 60 exhibitors are expected for this annual Memorial Day Weekend event, and admission is free.

Call 302-829-8546 for more information.

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Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days here in the coastal region.

And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!