BARNEGAT, NJ – Rumor has it that it was a lovely farmgirl that brought Captain Kidd to Barnegat, while legend suggests the notorious pirate left behind some hidden treasure. Meanwhile, this September 7th, young and old buccaneers are expected to take over Barnegat for its annual Pirate’s Day.

While most won’t make it there by ship, the festivities anchor at Route 9 and East Bay Avenue from 9am until 4pm. The event is sponsored by Barnegat Township, Barnegat-Waretown Chamber of Commerce and Manahawkin KIA JEEP RAM DODGE. And, there’s plenty to do for those who worry they’ll be marooned.

The East Bay Avenue stage will host opening ceremonies, followed by live bands playing everything from oldies to rock to country. Sure Cats, Madeline Smith and Strictly 60s are the highlighted entertainment.

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Professional pirates will hop on board the Pirate’s Cove in front of the Food Pantry. “They dress the part, they look the part, they act the part,” shared Bill Clanton, President of the Barnegat Waretown Chamber of Commerce. “They are amazing reenactors who will get up and do skits, whether comical or serious.”

A special Kid Zone, courtesy of Manahawkin KIA JEEP RAM DODGE gives youngsters the chance to play on some bounce type rides. The dealership also displays cars and trucks in the field across from the fire department – equipped for sailing off to prospective new owners.

Meanwhile, it’s not just professionals that don pirate and wench apparel. The fun increases when everyone dresses up. “There is a pirate costume contest,” said Clanton. “Captain Black of the Valhalla Pirates is the judge.”

The list keeps growing with over 150 vendors setting up to offer their wares, from tasty foods to clever crafts. Some of the area shops and other businesses also plan on joining in the fun.

In the past, more than 4,000 people took to the historic downtown area for Pirate’s Day. Last year was the first time it was rained out.  Those concerned about cancellation should tune in to WBNJ 91.9.  However, it will be a walk on the plank for any scallywags who bring on such foolery.

Pirate’s Day is free of charge, as is parking at  St. Mary’s Church, located at 747 West Bay Avenue and  behind Wright Memorial Presbyterian Church, a block south on Route 9. Those who park at the Presbyterian Church are invited take a tour of our church, ring the bell, and have a free ice cream sundae.

Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at