How To Tell When It’s Spring In Ocean City

Posted on March 9, 2011


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January is history. February is finished. Today, March 9, 2011, is Ash Wednesday. Only 40 days to Easter. That means only 33 days to Palm Sunday, right? Please check my arithmetic.

How can you tell it’s Spring in Ocean City? The annual St. Patrick’s Parade is Saturday, March 12, 2011. The parade steps off at 12 noon, and marches south from 60th Street to 45th Street. St. Patrick’s Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p .m. at 45th Street. (Official St. Patrick’s Day is next week, Thursday, March 17.)

Rows of new dune grass planted on the beach

Also on Saturday, March 12:  The annual Job Fair for seasonal jobs in Ocean City. The Job Fair will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Convention Center, 40th Street and Coastal Highway.  Get there early. It’s not that hard to find a job in the tourism industry (restaurants, hotels, retail).  Dress for success, or at least dress neatly. Be flexible. By all means, be willing to work weekends and nights. Be polite. Smile! Really. It’s not that hard.

Also, check out our weekly newspapers, the Maryland Coast Dispatch and Ocean City Today, which are adding new help wanted ads every week. A lot of Ocean City businesses need people who can work weekends, starting around Easter, or full-time, starting May or June.

Also this weekend, we spring forward. Already! Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday, March 13, 2011. Don’t forget to turn your clocks forward one hour when you go to bed Saturday night.

That’s a pretty good run of spring events in less than one week: Ash Wednesday, St. Patrick’s Parade, Ocean City Job Fair, Daylight Saving Time.

The official beginning of Spring will be the following weekend. To be precise, the Spring Equinox will be on Sunday, March 20.

Springfest will be Thursday through Sunday, May 5 to 8, at the Inlet Parking Lot.

If spring is here, can summer be far behind? Time to make reservations for your Ocean City vacation, and your long weekends.  Easiest way to reserve your room or suite is by going to the Web site of your favorite hotel or motel, or give them a call. You can browse a complete list of Ocean City accommodations right here.

— John Hayden