What to Do in the Meadowlands This Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is unofficially known as the start of the summer, with the weather getting warmer, pools beginning to open and vacations on the horizon. As a result, everyone loves to celebrate over the weekend, whether it be a BBQ or parades and here in the Meadowlands, it is no different.

Below you will be able to find some of the many things that you can do over this Memorial Day Weekend to make the most of your 3-day break and kick off your “summer” right.

Garden State Plaza Hosts LEAD Carnival

Beginning on May 23 and scattered throughout the next few weeks all the way to June 9, the Garden State Plaza will be hosting the LEAD Fest Carnival. The carnival will benefit the Paramus L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) Program. The event will provide fun for the entire family with a handful of rides and other attractions to keep you entertained for the whole day.

Admission for the carnival costs $5, but you can purchase a MegaPass anywhere from $30-$40 to get additional benefits.

Rolling Stones Return to MetLife on May 26/Tour Next Door

The Rolling Stones are one of the most prolific rock bands of all time and put on some of the best shows of all time, which is why two of their tours are top 10 in terms of revenue generated. Luckily for the Meadowlands, they are returning to MetLife Stadium for the first time since 2019 as part of their Hackney Diamonds Tour.

The iconic rock band will have their first performance tonight, while their second one will be on Sunday, May 26. The Stones’ performance will begin at 8 p.m., being opened by New York-based duo Lawrence. The gates will open at 6 p.m. and the parking lot is scheduled to open at 3 p.m.

In the Stones’ previous performance at MetLife Stadium in 2019, the band brought in over 104,000 fans through the two days they played, significantly more than any other venue in the North American leg of their tour. Now returning, they will look to continue packing the house in East Rutherford.

Right across the road at American Dream, they will be hosting “The Tour Next Door” celebrating the Rolling Stones. The event will include dining specials and a talented cover band. It is scheduled to take place from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, just before the concert begins.

Parades Overtake the Meadowlands

Memorial Day parades are a staple of the holiday and here in the Meadowlands, there is no shortage of them. Below you can find information of some of the many parades that will take place over the weekend in the region.

  • Little Falls, May 25, 10 a.m. (Main Street Little Falls to Wilmore Road Park)
  • Saddle Brook, May 26, 1:30 p.m. (Fair Lawn Parkway to Washington School)
  • Hackensack, May 27, 10 a.m. (Veteran’s Park)
  • Fort Lee, May 27, 10 a.m. (Jack Alter Community Center)
  • Hawthorne, May 27, 1:30 p.m. (Lafayette Avenue and Utter Avenue)
  • Ho-Ho Kus, May 27, 10:30 a.m. (Sheridan Avenue and Ardmore Avenue)
  • Wyckoff, May 27, 11:30 a.m. (Christian Cornerstone Church to Town Hall)

Drink Tea & Gain Cultural Knowledge at American Dream

On May 25, American Dream will be hosting the Xinyang Maojian Tea Cultural Fair from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will allow guests to experience the history and culture of China, through the evolution of its tea. From its beginnings to modern day, the fair will take you through it all with mesmerizing cultural performances helping you immerse yourself even more.