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Hammonton Carnival 2024

Welcome to the longest Italian celebration in the USA

Dates: July 15–20, 2024

Celebriamo la vita, or let’s celebrate life! The Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel is the longest Italian celebration in the USA. Occupying Hammonton, NJ, the feast welcomes everyone to have the time of their lives. This religious festival honors Our Lady of Mt Carmel and features a procession, food stands, live entertainment (Wall of Death is waiting for you!), a beer garden, and impressive fireworks.

The Feast Day (May 16, 2024)

The community invites everyone to a day of cultural celebration and spiritual enrichment. The Mass schedule includes Italian Mass from 8 am to 10 am, Noon Mass in Spanish, and special Friday Masses at 2 pm and 6 pm (or after the procession). Following the traditional route, the procession kicks off at 4 pm from Third St. and French St. The day concludes with a dazzling Fireworks Display at 10 pm, promising a memorable end to a day filled with community unity and celebration.

Events Open Hours

Experience a feast for all the senses at our carnival grounds. The food stand tantalizes taste buds with lunch served from 11 am to 1:30 pm on weekdays, and nightly at 5 pm. On the Feast Day, July 16th, the stand opens at 11 am. Amusements of America brings excitement and joy to Hammonton daily from 6 pm. Visitors can delight in world-class entertainment at the Main Stage daily from 6 pm to 10 pm. The Beer Garden offers DJ and live entertainment, with DJ Ralph D'Amelio starting the evening at 7 pm, followed by live bands at 8 pm. It's a lineup of fun and excitement you won't want to miss!

Transportation & Tickets

A shuttle service from Hammonton Middle School at 75 N. Liberty St. is available nightly from 6 PM to 11 PM (4 PM to 11 PM on the Feast Day), ensuring convenient transportation through Hammonton's streets. The event is also handicap accessible. Admission to the carnival grounds is free, offering a delightful escape for all ages. Attendees can acquire a $40 wristband on Wednesday, July 17th, Thursday, July 18th, or Friday, July 19th, for unlimited night rides!

The History of the Festival

The tradition traces back to 1875 when Antonio Capelli and a group of immigrants prayed at 232 Pine Road before a painting of the Virgin Mary. Their procession marked the beginning of the Feast, which quickly grew, driven by the influx of Italian immigrants. By 1886, it had expanded to Hammonton Lake Park, with St. Joseph Church becoming a central venue. In 1905, the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Society was formed, now an independent organization uniting members across Hammonton. Their hall on Mt. Carmel Lane is a testament to this enduring celebration, culminating each year on July 16th with Masses and a grand procession.

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