FLEMINGTON, NJ – Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of summer. Of course, astronomers insist summer doesn’t arrive until the summer solstice, which won’t happen until 11:54 a.m. June 21. But there’s no reason to wait until then for summer fun, and Flemington gets into the swing of summer this weekend.

The borough’s car shows return today, Saturday. The season opener features classic cars, live music, kids’ activities, food and more. This year, the event will be held every other Saturday on Stangl Road from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Check flemingtoncarshows.com for details and weather related announcements.

There is ample free public parking for the car shows at Liberty Village. For easiest access to the event, enter the parking lots from Route 12 near Liberty Village and Trans-Bridge bus signs, and enter Stangl Road on foot from the south end by the Polo Outlet and Lone Eagle Brewing.

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Parking in front of Stangl Factory near Mine Street is reserved for restaurant customers.

Flemington’s Filling Station on Main Street opened for the season yesterday. The family-friendly gathering spot and beer garden will be open 6 to 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through Aug. 31, and there’s a menu station for take-out and delivery.

A Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the Raritan Township Municipal Building on Monday, May 27 at 8:30 a.m. The Municipal Building is on Municipal Drive just off Route 523.

Flemington’s annual Memorial Day Parade is sponsored by the Flemington VFW and will be held Monday, May 27 on Main Street.

The parade steps off at 10 a.m., and is followed by a ceremony at the Monument.

Of course, you can take Flemington’s self-guided walking tour anytime. The Historic Flemington Trail is available in both print (at the kiosk on Main Street) and online. With 30 sites to explore in this one-square- mile walk, you can set your own pace as you stop to gaze on architectural and historic treasures.