Come Join the Fun!

The Coast Guard Community Festival is proudly presented by the Cape May County Coast Guard Community Foundation on the first Saturday in May.  Explore Training Center Cape May, the nation’s only boot camp for Coast Guard recruits, to get an inside look at Coast Guard vessels and helicopters.  Festival-goers will explore the extensive U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May base on foot and by trolley, get an inside look at the U.S. Coast Guard vessels and view a Coast Guard helicopter up close.

The Coast Guard Recruit Band and precision Drill Team will give engaging performances as they march through the festival grounds.  Watch a thrilling search and rescue demonstration by the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City as the helicopter hovers above Cape May Harbor.  Enjoy food, music and kid-friendly activities.  There will also be tours of the Cape May Harbor highlighting the importance of the Coast Guard to the commercial fishing industry.  Enjoy the Kids’ Zone, great food, local brews, vendors and live entertainment with past performers including the USO Troupe Show straight from New York City.

We anticipate more than 5,000 people each year for this FREE event.  Active duty military members who attend the festival receive a free lunch voucher for use at one of the food vendors with over 700 military members served at this year’s event.  The festival also generates funds for the USCG Training Center Cape May’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) branch to provide leisure programs and services to improve the quality of life of Service members and their families. 

Special Guest – USO Show Troupe

The USO Show Troupe from New York City will take center stage at this year’s Coast Guard Community Festival on Saturday, May 2 at 10:30 AM.

The four-member troupe will perform American Heartland, a sentimental journey of American favorites that will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. Selections include big band hits of the 1940’s all the way through the top country and pop hits on the radio today.

The USO Show Troupe ​​is part of an American tradition that goes back over 75 years to its humble beginnings in the muddy camp shows of the South Pacific. Today, the pride and passion that fueled that early music lives on through the USO Show Troupe.

With over 350 live annual performances, the Troupe entertains approximately 600,000 service members and over 1,500,000 public around the world every year. ​ The Troupe features a roster of 64 professional entertainers hailing from Broadway, Off-Broadway, Television and Film and has a broad musical repertoire ranging from the standards of the 1940’s through today’s hit country and rock.

Meet Our Sponsors

The Cape May County Coast Guard Community is proudly sponsored by the following organizations: