BARNEGAT, NJ – Pirates Day, always a favorite between locals and visitors, has been called off this year. Captain Kidd’s descendants did not dock due to inclement weather a couple of years ago. The 2020 Annual Event is cancelled this year as regular buccaneers evaluate the threat of too many masked attendees walking the streets.
As legend has it, the notorious Captain Kidd stopped by Barnegat and fell in love. The downtown area traditionally comes alive with vendors and bands of pirates walking the street. Music and fanfare bring along a sense of times past.
Pirates Day brought as many as 8,000 people to town in 2019 according to Barnegat’s Recreation Director Jean Broadbent. No tales of anyone landing in the brig last year.
The Barnegat Township Committee made the decision to cancel Pirates Day due to the influx of people. A huge crowd could make it impossible to social distance and avoid exposure to COVID-19.
Rumor has it that Captain Kidd’s descendants also expressed concerns that mateys should avoid the risk of an outbreak of COVID-19 onboard. They’ll stay out to sea and return next year to overtake the streets.