WALL TOWNSHIP - The summer season ended the same way it started this year, with rain.
Many who spent the weekend down the Shore chose to cut the weekend short and head home, fighting heavy downpours along the way. Garden State Parkway drivers faced early backups and a crowded rest stop in Wall.
"Normally we get home in an hour or two…we've been driving for three or four," said Mark Tsyrouk of Morris Plains.
In Belmar, the beach, boardwalk and local businesses cleared out early. "The weekend was nice. Labor Day not so nice," said George Eards of TR's Food Court. "Had a good breakfast crowd, but when the rain started coming, the people ran off beach and they went home."
Others stuck it out and soaked in a few more hours of late sun. Patience paid off for the Stapinski and Nihamin families. Self proclaimed beach bums, they were holding on to summer until the last possible minute.
Many beachgoers and travelers told News 12 New Jersey that Labor Day isn't really the end of the summer, and they will continue to go to the Shore as long as the weather allows.