Ocean Grove is celebrating its 150th anniversary this weekend.
There will be a traditional parade in Ocean Grove at 10:30am throughout town to commemorate its founding. The celebration continues at 1:00pm in Auditorium Square for a Food Truck Festival and Community Fun for the whole family! Liquid Church Service, 6pm. Fireworks begin at the beachfront at 9pm! You will not want to miss out on the fun we will have celebrating 150 years together!
Ocean Grove was founded in 1869 as an outgrowth of the camp meeting movement in the United States, when a group of Methodist clergymen, led by William B. Osborn and Ellwood H. Stokes, formed the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association to develop and operate a summer camp meeting site on the New Jersey seashore.
It remains the longest-active camp meeting site in the United States. It soon became a popular destination during the growth of the camp meeting movement in post-Civil War America.
In 1975, Ocean Grove was designated a State and National Historic District as a 19th-century planned, urban, community. It has the most extensive collection of Victorian and early-20th century architecture in the United States.