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The Cape May City Tree Lighting is scheduled for Saturday, December 5th at 6pm.

Updated: September 28, 2020:

The City of Cape May issued an Executive Order May 1, 2020 as response to Covid-19 prohibiting bicycling & the walking of dogs on the promenade.

The Executive order is rescinded and bicycling and the walking of dogs per City Code 158-9 (A3) (4A) is permitted beginning October 1, 2020.

§ 158-9
Prohibited acts at Boardwalk, promenade, beaches and environs.

[Ord. No. 361-2018]


Boardwalk, promenade and environs. No person shall, upon any boardwalk, promenade, steps or ramps adjacent thereto;


Operate, drive or park any type of vehicle except emergency vehicles which are authorized by the City Manager, Chief of Police, Superintendent of Public Works or Beach Supervisor to be used for policing and cleaning.


Start a fire or use any type of portable device used for cooking.


Ride, park or take any bicycle from May 16 to September 14 except between the hours of 4:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

[Ord. No. 350-2018]


Take, allow, or permit any type of animal with or without a leash except as follows:

[Amended 11-15-2010 by Ord. No. 218-2010]


Dogs shall be permitted on the Promenade during the months of October, November, December, January, February, March, and April.


Dogs shall be kept on a leash at all times and be accompanied by their owner or caretaker.


The owner or caretaker shall carry a dog waste disposal device. Any owner or caretaker of a dog who permits such dog to leave animal waste on the Boardwalk, Promenade, beach without disposing of same shall be subject to the penalties as set forth in § 158-15.

Due to New Jersey Governor Murphy's Executive Order on outdoor gatherings and with a priority to the safety and welfare of the parade participants and attendees, the City has cancelled the 2020 Halloween Parade.  The 2021 Halloween Parade is scheduled for Sunday, October 24.

The West Cape May Christmas Parade has been cancelled.  Please see notice below from West Cape May Mayor Carol Sabo:

It is with much sadness that the difficult decision has been reached to cancel the 2020 West Cape May Community Christmas Parade. This parade draws thousands of people from the Tri-state area to West Cape May and the surrounding municipalities. The health and safety of participants and viewers alike was the greatest factor to consider.
Consideration of the economic impact was also weighed. The weekend is certainly a boom to the economy. However, as most people know, this parade is funded entirely by the donations of individuals and businesses who love and enjoy this parade. It would be impossible to solicit donations from businesses and individuals who are already severely impacted by the devastation of Covid-19.
That being said, donations will still be accepted and we will be dedicated to making the 2021 parade bigger and better than ever!
Thank you everyone- be well and stay safe!
Mayor Carol Sabo