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Press Release | May 5, 2023

MEDIA ADVISORY: Cape May Coast Guard to Hold Annual Community Festival

Training Center Cape May

Editor’s Note:  Media interested in attending must check-in with the Coast Guard Public Affairs duty officer at the information tent at the entrance to the festival. Upon arriving at the base, be prepared to show government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport, and media credentials at the security checkpoint. Festival press credentials will be issued at the gate. Questions can be directed to the Public Affairs Office at 609-898-6362 up until the day of the event.


Who:     U.S. Coast Guard;  Cape May County Coast Guard Community Foundation

What:    Cape May County Coast Guard Community Festival

When:   Saturday, May 20, 2023; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Where:  Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, 1 Munro Ave., Cape May, NJ 08204


CAPE MAY, N.J. – U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May and the Cape May County Coast Guard Community Foundation are scheduled to hold the annual Coast Guard Community Festival, Saturday, May 20, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., at the base.


The event is free and open to the public.  


There is no alternate date, so in case of extreme weather, event may be cancelled. Updates will be posted on social media the day of the festival.


The Cape May County Coast Guard Community Festival is designed to highlight the positive relationships between our local Coast Guard personnel and the communities that we live and serve in. The festival also helps the service inform the public of the Coast Guard’s role in facilitating New Jersey maritime commerce, maritime safety, and the partnerships between local, state, and Coast Guard personnel during major events.


Guests will be able to see Training Center Cape May, N.J., the nation’s only boot camp for Coast Guard enlisted personnel. In addition, local Coast Guard vessels and helicopters will be available for public tours. Food, vendors, and live entertainment will also be available.

Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City will be conducting a search and rescue demonstration on Cape May Harbor highlighting the importance of the Coast Guard to the commercial fishing industry and recreational boating community.  


Training Center Cape May is the Coast Guard’s only enlisted basic training program where more than 80 percent of the service’s workforce receives basic instruction to become Coast Guard men and women. 


The full festival event schedule can be found at