If you’re looking for the best Central Jersey Memorial Day events, you’ve come to the right place. But first, as part of honoring the veteran men and women who have served our nation across all branches of the armed forces, we urge readers to participate in a “National Moment of Remembrance” at 3:00 pm this Memorial Day. This gesture was created by the No Greater Love Organization in 1997 and formally established by the United States Congress in the 2000.


NJ Events: Memorial DayMemorial Day was originally intended to honor those that died in the Civil War but unfortunately, that was not the last war that Americans lost their lives in. After World War I, the holiday’s purpose was expanded to include all Americans lost to war. Memorial Day is a day for remembering “those who gave their last full measure of devotion” and to recognize every veteran who has fought and those that are still fighting around the world.

New Jersey is full of Memorial Day events and activities going on statewide. Since Memorial Day is observed on a Monday, many events instead take place over Memorial Day weekend (i.e. the weekend prior to Memorial Day). However, there are also a number of parades, street fairs, observational ceremonies and other community-driven events that take place on the day of. Here is Best of NJ‘s list of Memorial Day events in Central Jersey:

Memorial Day Events in Central Jersey

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Lawrence Township Memorial Day Parade and Service

Saturday, May 27, 2017: Begins at Lawrence High School and finishes at Lawrence Veteran Park. A memorial service will be conducted at the park. Veterans, neighborhood groups, clubs, teams, schools, youth groups, drumlines, bands, …


Spirit of Princeton

Saturday, May 27, 2017: Parade begins at the corner of Princeton Avenue and Nassau St and goes to Princeton Monument Hall (1 Monument Drive or 45 Stockton St. in Princeton). There will be a …

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Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

Saturday, May 27, 2017: Local veterans, fire companies, police, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, youth baseball and softball teams, and a variety of other community organizations will be marching in this year's parade. …


Hopewell Township Memorial Day Ceremony

Saturday, May 27, 2017: Bring your lawn chairs to this rain or shine event (tent will be provided). There will be a flyover, dove release, military static displays, and unveiling of bricks. Event will …


Hopewell Borough Memorial Day Parade

Sunday, May 28, 2017: From Taylor Terrace, the parade will march east on Broad Street and will end at Hopewell Elementary School with a ceremony. Info

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Edison Memorial Day Parade 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017: Join in for the Edison Memorial Day Parade on Amboy Avenue. Starting from Walsh ending at Brower. Refreshments at Clara Barton Post 324. Info

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Groveville Fire Company Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The parade begins at South Broad Street and Sunnybrae Boulevard, Continues Down Church Street, and ends at Main Street at the Groveville United Methodist Church. At the end of the …


Hightstown-East Windsor Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The parade begins at Stockton Street and finishes at the VFW on Dutch Neck Road. Info

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90th Annual Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: Honoring Law Enforcement. Parade at 10am. Ceremony at 11:30am at Memorial Park. Veterans and Youth groups are invited to march, pre-registration is required. Info

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Pennington Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Rain or shine, parade starts between Baldwin Street and Ingleside on South Main Street, walking down South Main Street to Delaware Avenue where it stops at intersection to play Taps …

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Perth Amboy 2017 Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Parade starts at 10am/Raritan Bay Area. Ceremony starts at 11am/Veterans' War Memorial. Info

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Summit Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Summit's annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony will take place on Monday, May 29 and will honor those men and women who lost their lives in military service to our …

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77th Annual Tour of Somerville

Monday, May 29, 2017: Park yourself, your friends and your family on the downtown curbs to watch the incredibly fast action, or stroll around enjoying the vendors, live music, kids’ activities, the food stands …

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Nottingham Fire Company Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The parade begins at Weston Avenue, Continues Down Nottingham Way to Coleman Road, and Ends at Nottingham Fire Company To participate in the parade, contact the Nottingham Fire Department @ …


West Windsor Township's Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: Line Up: 10:30 a.m. at West Windsor- Plainsboro High School, South. Kick-Off: 11:00 a.m. from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, South. Ceremony: 12:00 (Noon) – West Windsor Municipal Complex corner of …

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Cranbury 2017 Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: Line-up is at 12:30 PM at Station Road and South Main Street with parade starting at 1:00 PM. Post-parade Ceremony to follow in Memorial Park located next to the Firehouse. …

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NJ Memorial Day Regions

North Jersey Memorial Day

Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, Warren

Central Jersey Memorial Day

Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Union

Jersey Shore Memorial Day

Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean, Monmouth

South Jersey Memorial Day

Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

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