Celebrate the Long Weekend in Atlantic City!
Between the scheduled dual opening of Hard Rock and Ocean Resort Casinos on June 28 and Atlantic City casinos taking sports bets probably even sooner, 2018 is shaping up to be one of the biggest years ever for Atlantic City. However, in the midst of all the hoopla, let’s not forget another major milestone—the 40th anniversary of legalized casino gambling in Atlantic City and 40th anniversary of Resorts, the casino that started it all.
This Memorial Day weekend, nothing can eclipse the accomplishments of Resorts, which opened all the way back on May 26, 1978 and has been operating continuously ever since. However, Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa is having a big celebration of its own this weekend also. Theirs, which will be continued all summer long, is commemorating that property’s 15th anniversary coming up in July.
All of the Atlantic City casinos are going all out to make sure that everyone who visits has a ton of fun. There are only so many hours in the day, but here is a summary of the highlights among the many exciting goings on today through Monday at the Atlantic City casino hotels.
Resorts Casino Hotel
Friday, May 25
- 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.: Mini Beach Ball Giveaway in the Promotions Booth while supplies last. One lucky Beach Ball holds $500 in slot cash!
- 2 p.m.: On the Casino Floor. Re-enactment of the first roll of the dice on May 26, 1978–the first play inside an Atlantic City casino.
- 5 p.m.: Annual Beach Ball Drop. Thousands of beach balls will be released onto the Boardwalk in back of Resorts.
Look for Resorts showgirls, Philadelphia Mummers, and other strolling entertainers to pop up all over the property, too. And at Bar 1, you can revisit the 70s with drink specials and disco music from that period.
Saturday, May 26
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Head to the Margaritaville lobby for a Free pull on Atlantic City’s first slot machine, with a chance to win $2,500 in slot cash!
- Noon: 40th Anniversary cake cutting in the hotel lobby.
- 8 p.m::The Village People perform all their big hits in the Superstar Theater.
Sunday, May 27
- 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.: 40th Anniversary T-shirt giveaway in the Horizon Room. This offer requires same day play, earning at least 5 tier points with your Star Card..
- 9 p.m.: Fireworks on Resorts Beach!
For more about the big 40th anniversary celebration at Resorts and a recap of what the casino was like back when it was “the only game in town” and some noteworthy accomplishments along its long, winding path to get to where it is today, check out my other featured article on Resorts here on www.njgamblingwebsites.com.
Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa
Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28
$5,000 Bonus Slot Dollars Giveaway
Every 15 minutes from noon to 7 p.m. on both days, one super lucky player will win $5,000 Bonus Slot Dollars!
For your chance to win, simply insert your M Life Rewards Card into any slot machine or be rated at any table game between 10 .m. and 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, May 25: 8 p.m. – John Fogarty and ZZ Top in the Event Center
- Saturday, May 26: 9 p.m. – Comedian Billy Gardell at the Music Box
- Sunday, May 27: 8 p.m. – Kenny Loggins at the Event Center
- Premier Nightclub: Friday: Steve Aoki, Saturday: Cash Cash, Sunday: Afrojack, Monday: Ruckus
Tropicana Atlantic City
Saturday, May 26
Boardwalk Block Party
Starting at 9 p.m., the Boardwalk by Tropicana Atlantic City is the place to be! There will be a DJ, stilt walker, musicians, carnival dancers, the Boogie Nights dancers, special giveaways, and lots of refreshments. The casino will debut four new Multimedia Light and Sound shows, culminating in spectacular fireworks
Australian Bee Gees Show at 8 p.m. in the Showroom
Alternatively, if you’re a Bee Gees fan, this internationally renowned tribute bands is a sure bet to have you singing along to all the Bee Gees biggest hits.
Grand Opening of Chelsea Five Gastro Pub
This is a restaurant that you have definitely not tried before because prior to this weekend it wasn’t even open. While steak and seafood are the stars of the innovative menu of this new restaurant on the 5th floor of the Chelsea Tower, you can also order lighter fare from the small bites menu. Dine and sip cocktails if you like from an adjacent outdoor terrace lounge while enjoying magnificent ocean views.
Late Night Entertainment
If partying the night away is more your thing, your choices at the Tropicana are mind boggling. Boogie Nights, Cuba Libre, Anthem, and Kiss Kiss Nightclub are just a few of the possibilities.
Other Atlantic City Casino Hotels
If you happen to find yourself at any of the other Atlantic City properties this weekend, you have lots of great entertainment options there as well.
At Bally’s, you will want to check out the Beach Bar, Harry’s, and the Boardwalk Saloon at the Wild Wild West.
Caesars welcomes you to Toga Bar for three straight nights (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) of partying with DJ entertainment.
At Golden Nugget, you will have no doubt at all that summer is here as top local bands entertain you on the Deck. While you’re there, if you can find a seat at one of the outdoor gaming tables, you can try your luck at a little blackjack, too. For late night partying, Haven Nightclub is another best bet.
Harrah’s Resort now has a new steakhouse: Gordon Ramsay Steak. This weekend you can be one of the first to try it. There will also be nightly entertainment at Eden Lounge, the Xhibition Bar, Martorano’s, and the Pool After Dark.