Unity Festival

People attend the first Unity Day festival in Atlantic City in 2015.

ATLANTIC CITY — To unite the community across all wards, Unity Day is returning to the city next weekend.

Actually, it’s more like a “Unity Weekend,” because events are scheduled for both Saturday and Sunday — Sept. 16 and 17.

From 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 16, a Unity Bike Ride will roll through each ward in the city, Anthony Brower, of Friends in Action Inc., said at Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

Police will join the ride, which will start at Gardner’s Basin and span about 11 miles, Brower said.

On Sept. 17, the official Unity Day celebration will take place from noon to 8 p.m. at Gardner’s Basin.

The full-day event will include free food and drinks, haircuts and hair-braiding, books and school supplies for children, music, dancing, a performance from a play, tug-of-war and water slides.

Planned with Councilman Mo Delgado, the event will include a literacy organization and resources to help children learn how to swim, he said at the council meeting.

Delgado said Unity Day, which began in 2015, lets the city “come together as one family.”

“In these trying times, when our nation has so much polarization going on, it’s necessary for us to unite through every avenue we possibly can,” Delgado said at the council meeting. “It’s an example of what Atlantic City truly is.”

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Covering breaking news for The Press of Atlantic City since September 2016. Graduate of the University of Maryland, Central Jersey native.

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