The Garden State features a ton of extravagant Memorial Day Parades every year, honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. To celebrate this day of remembrance, numerous towns throughout New Jersey hold special parades and ceremonies for all who served. These family-friendly outings are a great way to pay our respects.
For those looking to travel out to an event, we’re counting down The 10 Best Memorial Day Parades in NJ. Take a look:
Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony – May 27
Description: Hillsborough’s annual parade kicks off promptly at 10:30 am on the Saturday before the holiday. Local veterans, the township’s fire companies, police, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, youth sports teams, and a number of other community organizations all march in the parade, which runs from New Amwell Road to the Municipal Building on Beekman Lane. The parade is followed by a very special Memorial Day ceremony.
Edison Township’s 55th Annual Memorial Day Parade – May 28
Description: For 55 years, Edison has been home to tremendous Memorial Day Parades. This year’s parade steps off at 2:00 pm on the preceding Sunday in honor of our fallen heroes. The parade begins at Walsh Avenue, traveling up Amboy Avenue to Brower Avenue. Refreshments are available for all parade participants at American Legion Clara Barton Post 324 on Brower Avenue.
Stone Harbor Memorial Day Parade – May 29
Description: Stone Harbor holds its annual parade on May 29. Step off is at noon sharp on 96th street, before the parade makes its way to the Stone Harbor Women’s Civic Club. There will be a special Memorial Service for Our Fallen Heroes outside of the Stone Harbor Firehouse on 96th Street before the parade, at 11:00 am.
New Brunswick-Highland Park Memorial Day Parade – May 29
Description: This year’s New Brunswick-Highland Park Parade begins 11:00 am at Monument Square at the corner of Livingston Avenue and George Street. The procession of veterans, public servants, marching bands and other groups from the community will travel up Raritan Avenue to the Doughboy Monument in Highland Park.
Bergenfield Memorial Day Parade – May 29
Description: Bergenfield’s Parade steps off at 2:00 pm on West Englewood Avenue. The procession features public servants, veterans from various wars, talented marching bands, scouts, community organizations, and many more.
Bedminster-Far Hills Memorial Day Parade – May 29
Description: The Bedminster-Far Hills 2017 Parade immediately follows the Bedminster ceremony which begins at 10:00 am at the Old Bedminster School. The parade will travel Route 202 from Bedminster, ending in the Borough of Far Hills. Services will then take place in Far Hills, immediately followed by hot dogs and refreshments in the fairgrounds.
Somers Point Memorial Day Parade – May 29
Description: Somers Point’s annual parade is an extravagant spectacle, featuring a number of veterans, military vehicles, scouts, marching bands, classic cars, and tons more. This year’s parade steps off at 11:00 am sharp, beginning at Dawes Avenue School, proceeding down Shore Road, and concluding at Patriots Park. A brief ceremony follows the parade. Family members of deceased veterans are invited to participate in Somers Point’s parade by carrying military photos of their loved ones.
New Providence Memorial Day Parade – May 29
Description: New Providence’s Parade begins bright and early at exactly 10:00 am on Monday, May 29. The procession features an outstanding array of veterans, public servants, scouts, marching bands, and much more, all welcoming families to come out to the special event to honor all of our nation’s fallen heroes.
Freehold Memorial Day Parade – May 29
Description: Freehold’s annual parade, which will run for the 143rd time this year, is the oldest Memorial Day Parade in Western Monmouth County. The parade features over 70 various participating units every year, including many military units, veteran groups, marching bands, fire departments, EMS squads, youth groups, custom designed floats, and civilian units.
Wyckoff Memorial Day Parade – May 29
Description: Prior to Wyckoff’s annual Parade, the Township holds several events honoring those who have served our country. A Firefighters Memorial Service begins promptly at 9:00 am, directly behind Town Hall. Then, a Veterans Memorial Service follows at 10:00 am on the lawn of the Wyckoff Reformed Church on Wyckoff Avenue. Finally, the Township’s Memorial Day Parade steps off at 11:30 am on Wyckoff Avenue at Cornerstone Christian Church, proceeding down Wyckoff Avenue towards Main Street, ending behind Town Hall at the Ambulance Corps building.
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Hillsborough / Website
Edison / Website
Stone Harbor / Website
New Brunswick / Website
Bergenfield / Website
Far Hills – Bedminster Fire Department / Website
New Providence / Website