At 5 a.m. on Friday, May 26, hundreds of eager men and women lined up in front of Keenan’s Irish Pub in North Wildwood for “Eggs with Peg”, a Coors Light sponsored event the pub throws annually to kickoff Memorial Day weekend and celebrate the beginning of beach season.
The sky blushed pink and gold behind gray clouds that drifted south, as a cool breeze blew in from the nearby ocean, carrying with it the fresh smell of salt water and the cries of seagulls. The crowd grew larger and more spirited with each minute. A man wearing an Uncle Sam costume sprinted down New Jersey Avenue, waving an American flag above his head, while people chanted, “U-S-A! U-S-A!” and saluted him. A middle-aged couple danced on the sidewalk, their feet in loose sandals, their arms hooked tight around each other, while Frank Sinatra blared from a phone tucked inside one of their pockets.