aka Happy "Start-of-Philadelphia's-Summer-Season" Weekend!
Memorial Day Weekend is an important holiday weekend for the entire US. For the warmer parts, it's a 3 day weekend right before the start of summer; so it's not "as hot" yet. For the colder parts, it's a 3 day weekend that signifies summer is on its way; even though it may not be that warm yet.
For the Philadelphia area, which has a temperate climate (or technically referred to as Zone 3), it's the official start of summer. April and May bring warmth, rain, and lots of greenery. By the end of May, the cold is pretty much behind us and we can look forward to consistently warmer weather for the next 4-5 months.
What's also special about MDW in Philadelphia, is that it kicks off the summer season at the Jersey Shore (despite the damage that Sandy caused). Not the Jersey Shore you've seen on TV (aka Seaside Heights). I'm talking about the South Jersey Shore, which unofficially goes from Atlantic City to Cape May.
That is "Philadelphia's Jersey Shore," and that's also where most locals vacation from May until September.
If you happen to have your laptop (or tablet) with you this weekend, here are some good articles to read while you are boating, sunbathing, or just grabbing some drinks by the bay.
Enjoy the weekend, everyone!
Philly Urban Living's "Light-Reading List" for MDW: