2019 Guide to New Jersey Memorial Day Parades and Ceremonies

The Memorial Day Parade in Maplewood, NJ.

On Monday, May 27, many NJ towns will celebrate Memorial Day and pay tribute to those who have served our country. There will be several parades and ceremonies throughout the Garden State, commemorating current and former members of the armed forces.

Look below to find a parade or ceremony near you. Click on the highlighted link for additional details about each event.

The Bradley Beach Annual Memorial Day Festival features food vendors and more.

Bradley Beach Memorial Day Ceremony

The Memorial Day Ceremony starts with a parade at 10am on Saturday, May 25 at Bradley Blvd and Ocean Avenue. Festivities continue through Monday 11am-8pm, with bands and a DJ, crafts/specialties and food vendors. There will also be children’s activities, like face painting and a water slide.

Cranford Memorial Day Parade

Parade assembly begins at the Community Center, (220 Walnut Ave in Cranford) at 8:30am on Memorial Day. Marching begins at 9, and services will end with a traditional memorial ceremony at 10. The ceremony will be held in Memorial Park on Springfield Avenue, or at the Community Center in case of inclement weather.

Edison Memorial Day Parade

The Edison parade on Sunday, May 26 starts at noon on Division Street, continuing down Plainfield Ave onto Jefferson Blvd and ending at Father & Son Legion Post, 435

Jefferson Blvd and Oakland Ave. It will feature school groups, floats, police & fire departments, and veterans. There’s also a Most Patriotic Bicycle Contest!


The Freehold Annual Memorial Day Parade is the oldest in NJ.

Freehold Memorial Day Parade

The Memorial Day Parade in Freehold is largest and longest consecutively running parade in New Jersey. The 145th Parade will step off at 10am and Main Street, and goes until 2:30.

Glassboro Memorial Day Parade

The Glassboro parade dates back over a century. This year’s Memorial Day Parade starts at 10am on May 27. It steps off at University Blvd and Lehigh Avenue, and features a host of veteran groups, marching bands, floats and more. The parade ends at the Glassboro Fire Department.

Lawrence Memorial Day Parade

The Lawrence Township Memorial Day Parade begins at 10am on Saturday, May 25, at Lawrence High School. It finishes at Lawrence Veterans Park. A memorial service to remember those who have served our country will follow the parade.

Livingston’s Memorial Day Parade

Livingston Memorial Day Parade

A ceremonial service starts at 9:30, at the Memorial Oval across from Town Hall, to commemorate those who have died defending the United States. At 10am, the parade will start at Memorial Oval and proceed down Livingston Ave, ending at Congressional Parkway.

The Rubber Duck Race in the Raritan River in Maplewood

Maplewood Memorial Day Parade and Rubber Duck Race

The Maplewood parade steps off at 9am sharp from the West Parker Lot. It continues down Maplewood Ave, through Maplewood Village to Town Hall. A ceremony will immediately follow the parade at 10am Town Hall Plaza.

After the parade is the 2019 Annual Memorial Day Duck Race, sponsored by the South Mountain YMCA, at Memorial Park (Oakview Rd). With the chance to win Yankees vs. Mets tickets or a zoo membership, it’s fun for the whole family! All proceeds go to local charities.

Montclair Memorial Day Service

Montclair Township will hold its annual Memorial Day tribute on Monday, May 27, at 10:00 a.m. in Edgemont Park. Mayor Robert Jackson will be Master of Ceremonies. This year’s speaker will be Thomas Hancock, Deputy Vice Commander of the American Legion Department of New Jersey.

New Providence Memorial Day Parade

The New Providence Memorial Day Parade starts on May 27 at 10am. The parade route goes along Springfield Avenue, from Central Avenue to Academy Street. It stops at two churches along the way and ends at the Veteran’s Memorial by the New Providence Memorial Library, where the Mayor and the Commander of the American Legion will give remarks. 

Parsippany Memorial Day Parade

The Parsippany Memorial Day Parade goes from 12pm-2pm on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. It steps off at at North Beverwyck Road at Katherine Drive and ends at the reviewing stand at Volunteers Park.

Red Bank Memorial Day Parade

The Red Bank Memorial Day Parade line-up begins at 11am from Irving Place and Arthur Place. The parade starts at noon on May 27, proceeding towards the Veterans’ Monument on Monmouth Street.

Ridgefield Memorial Day Parade

Ridgefield’s parade starts at 9am on Shaler Blvd on Memorial Day. It will be followed by a ceremony featuring the Patriot Concert Brass ensemble.

The Memorial Day Parade in Fanwood, NJ. (Photo by Brian Horton)

Scotch Plains-Fanwood Memorial Day Parade 

The May 27 Memorial Day Parade in Scotch Plains is at 10:45. It follows a 10am ceremony at the Gazebo on Park Ave and Front St. There’s also a Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 26, at 6:30 at the Alan Augustine Village Green.

Summit Memorial Day Parade

The parade in Summit on Memorial Day will be led by members of the Summit American Legion Post. It starts at 10am at 25 DeForest Ave, going to the village green. The Summit High School Marching Band will be marching, along with several Scout troops, the Police and Fire Departments, and more.

The annual Beach Ball Drop at Resorts Casino Hotel

Bonus: Annual Beach Ball Drop at Resorts Casino Hotel!

Kick off this year’s Memorial Day Weekend on Friday, May 24 at Resorts Casino Hotel. The 6th Annual Beach Ball Drop in Atlantic City is at 5pm, but the weekend is also filled with concerts, the “Unlocking of the Ocean,” photo ops, giveaways, and live boardwalk performances.