If you’re looking for the best North 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 North Jersey:

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Passaic County Memorial Day Parade

Wednesday, May 24, 2017: This year’s event will include Passaic County Technical Institute Marching Band and Color Guard, Passaic County Technical Institute Navy ROTC, Eastside High School Army ROTC. Members of the Passaic County …

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West Paterson Memorial Day Weekend Carnival

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Sunday, May 28, 2017: Join in for the Memorial Day Weekend Carnival. Sponsored by the West Paterson Boys & Girls Club. Street Fair & Parade on Memorial Day! Info

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Morris Plains Memorial Day Parade

Saturday, May 27, 2017: Memorial Day observances will begin with ceremonies at Roberts Garden Park followed by the Memorial Day parade which will march to VFW Post 3401 on Route 53. Info

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Hopatcong Borough Memorial Day Parade

Saturday, May 27, 2017: The annual Memorial Day Parade will begin at Borough Hall and march to Veteran’s Park off Flora Avenue, concluding with a Memorial Day ceremony. Info  


Memorial Day – Sunshine Outdoor Dining

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - Monday, May 29, 2017: Memorial Day Weekend is often the unofficial start to summer – and what better way to celebrate than dining outside! All three Calandra restaurant locations have outdoor patios, which is …


Memorial Motor Madness Car Show

Sunday, May 28, 2017: There will be over 500 vintage cars at the Memorial Motor Madness Car Show. Models include Mustang, Fire Bird, Camaro, VW Beetle, antique trucks, and more. For more information, click here.


Oakland Memorial Day Parade

Sunday, May 28, 2017: The annual parade starts at Grove Street and Ramapo Valley Road and ends at Veterans Park with a ceremony. Complimentary food and refreshments will be served at the Legion after …


Crystal Springs Fireworks Spectacular

Sunday, May 28, 2017: Hotel guests and members are welcome to enjoy a fireworks show. Info

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Bloomingdale & Butler Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The parade will begin at Butler Park with a brief ceremony, marching on Main Street to and on to Hamburg Pike to Sloan Park in Bloomingdale for a Memorial Day …

Livingston Remembrance Ceremony and Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Remembrance Ceremony begins at 9:30 AM, followed by the annual Memorial Day Parade at 10:00 AM. Join your friends and neighbors at Memorial Oval across from Town Hall to honor …

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Long Hill Township Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Parade will begin at Mercer Street and Main Avenue and proceed north up Main Avenue, concluding at Central Middle School for a brief ceremony. The parade will be followed a …


Woodland Park Memorial Day Street Fair

Monday, May 29, 2017: Local merchants and businesses will showcase their shops and offer their special sales. Grab a bite to eat at one of the open air cafes along the street fair route …


Dover Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Starts at Rutan Drive and traveling west on Blackwell Street to Hurd Park for services. For more information, call 973-216-9239. Info


Fort Lee Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The parade starts at the community center to Center Avenue to Main Street and ends back at the community center where there will be a ceremony and refreshments. For more …

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Hackettstown Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The parade begins near the post office on Washington Street, continues to Grand Ave, Main Street and ends at Union Cemetery on Mountain Ave. For more information, call 908-850-5004. Info

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Newton Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Starts off from Lower Spring Street at the train station. The parade will march up Spring Street to Moran Street, then down to Memory Park. There will be a Memorial Day …

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19th Annual Memorial Duck Race

Monday, May 29, 2017: The 19th Annual Maplewood Duck Race will be held on Monday, May 29. Proceeds sponsored by DYFS programs and YMCA scholarship funds. Six heats of 700 rubber ducks will race …


Wyckoff Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The parade starts at the church and ends behind Town Hall at the Ambulance Corps building. Call 201-891-7000 for info

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Parsippany Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: Parsippany’s 2017 Memorial Day parade will begin at 12pm at North Beverwyck Road and Katherine Drive. The parade ends at the reviewing stand on North Beverwyck Road at Volunteers Park. Info


Washington Township Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 29, 2017: Washington Township’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the War Memorial site in Rock Spring Park Info

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Memorial Day Picnic at a scenic Historical Site

Monday, May 29, 2017: Families are welcome to bring picnic lunch and enjoy the family activities such as tours, scenic walks, use of boat launch on the Delaware and Memorial Day tributes. Call 908-475-5352 for …

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Memorial Day Picnic By The River

Monday, May 29, 2017: Bring your favorite covered dish to share, grills and cutlery will be available, bring your instrument to play music, informal house and barn tours, river walks and more. Info

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Bergenfield Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 29, 2017: The parade begins at the corner of E. Main Street and S. Washington Avenue, then heads south on S. Washington Avenue, then west on New Bridge Road. Parade ends at …

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

Central Jersey Memorial Day

Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset, Union

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Atlantic, Cape May, Ocean, Monmouth

South Jersey Memorial Day

Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem

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