NJ’s Atlantic City Freeway Gets a ‘Free Friday’ for the Holiday

For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and continuing a tradition that began on an annual basis in 2013, “Free Toll Friday” will return to the Atlantic City Freeway at the start of the getaway of Memorial Day weekend.

Philadelphia-area sports bar chain Chickie’s & Pete’s will pick up all cars traveling through the eastbound Egg Harbor toll plaza exit Friday from 5-6 p.m.

Costs will be covered for cash and E-ZPass customers during that hour, which is a fraction of the 285,000 motorists who traditionally use the freeway that holiday weekend, according to the South Jersey Transportation Authority.

Chickie’s & Pete’s also plans to give away free orders of Crabfries at Frank S. Farley Plaza between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., along with Starbucks, Hershey’s Ice Cream, 7-Eleven and Fresh Attractions from Apple Green, the foodservice operator of instead, too. offering free food and drink, according to a statement.

Coca-Cola will offer Monster energy drinks.

The release also says Farley Plaza will host face painting, The Funny Farm animal rescue sanctuary, a New Jersey State Police dog search and rescue demonstration and a fire equipment display. and rescue brought from Atlantic City International Airport.

The Patriot Fund, which provides support for military veterans returning from active duty, is another of the promotion’s partners.

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at patrick.lavery@townsquaremedia.com

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