The Tour de Elizabeth attracts hundreds of cyclists each year. Riders of all ages and abilities come to experience the city’s history, natural beauty, and vibrant urban landscape. There’s a new theme every year and the route changes yearly to highlight the best scenery Elizabeth has to offer. You might find yourself pedaling along the Elizabeth River Trail, where art installations and plentiful seating make for a pleasant rest stop. Riders get a healthy workout and a view all in one event.
Elizabeth’s Memorial Day Waterfront Carnival is held every year at the Veterans Memorial Waterfront Park. Come commemorate your heroes surrounded by some of America’s most impressive modern feats. The Manhattan skyline is visible across the water and nearby, towering industrial cranes testify to the massive scale of the ocean shipping industry. Complementing the dramatic view are family-friendly rides and music brought in especially for the occasion. Local restaurateurs serve up authentic ethnic cuisine from around the world, so be sure to find a local resident and ask them to recommend a favorite. There’s no better place to celebrate this American holiday than Elizabeth, where residents from more than 50 countries have made their home.
Since 1978, residents and tourists alike have flocked to the streets for the Elizabeth Portugal Day Parade. This long-standing tradition is a hallmark of the cultural diversity that makes the city proud. Experience small-town charm among the flags, floats, and thousands of revelers who come to enjoy the drummers, dancers, royal court, and more. It’s one of the biggest Portuguese heritage events in the tri-state area.
Dice in the window. Trophies in hand. Cadillacs, motorcycles, hydraulics, and gull-wing doors. You must be at the Annual Midtown Car & Bike Show where all makes and models are welcome. Browse to the beat of live bands and indulge in a plate of fresh local food. The wheeled beauties on display here are rare and classic—your memories will be, too.