Memorial Day is what we think of as the beginning of Summer but it is really much more than that. If you have ever had someone in your family be a part of the military or you have served, you know that being in the military comes with a price. Those in the military risk their lives and give up their own freedoms to make sure our country remains safe. We often take it for granted but if we didn’t have the military our lives would be a lot different.
On Memorial Day we take just a little bit of time from our day to stop and give thanks and pause to remember those in the military who serve now or have served in the past. We also honor those who have died for our country’s freedoms.
Or as reader Bill says, “Memorial Day is the day we remember those fallen who did not come home.”
Memorial Day Parades usually include a Grand Marshall, floats, bands, Veterans, families watching and participating in the parade, laying of the wreath ceremonies, and barbeques afterwards. Some towns even give awards for the best floats.
New Memorial Day Parade dates for 2014. Do you know of other Memorial Day Parades in Connecticut? If you notice any incorrect information please email us and we will change it.
May 18, 2014:
Montville Memorial Day Parade
During the parade, Route 32 will be closed from Sarah Drive to the junction of Route 163 from noon until approximately 2:30 p.m. Depot Road will be also closed during the parade hours. A detour route will lead up Sarah Drive to Raymond Hill Road to Lynch Hill Road to Route 163 and back to Route 32. The detour route will be manned with traffic controllers.
May 24, 2014:
Newington Memorial Day Parade
This year’s parade will be on May 24, 2014, at 10 a.m.
Kick off at 9 a.m
The Memorial Day Committee is pleased to announce its plans for the annual Memorial Day Parade and Services. The Memorial Day Committee would like to encourage all residents, spectators and residents living along the parade route to demonstrate their support for the veterans and our country by displaying the American Flag during the parade.
May 25, 2014:
The 108th Ansonia Memorial Day Parade will be held Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 2 p.m. The parade starts at Nolan Field and proceeds along Wakelee Avenue, down Jackson Street, passing in review at City Hall and proceeding to Big Y Shopping Plaza on Main Street.
The Veterans Council of Cheshire cordially invites residents and organizations to participate in the Memorial Day Parade, to be held on Sunday, May 25, at 1:30 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, June 1, at 1:30 p.m. The two-mile parade begins at Highland School, 490 Highland Ave., and proceeds along Rt. 10 to Cheshire High School.
12.30 pm – Parade Muster
1 pm – Wreath Laying
1.15 pm – Parade Start
The parade will form up at the Ledyard Center School / Fair Grounds anytime after 12. When started it turn left onto Route 117 and proceed past the Reviewing Stand and the Memoiral Gardens, turning left onto Colonel Ledyard Highway. The Parade will then proceed to and turn left onto Gallup Hill Road, ending in the High School Parking lot.
Milford Memorial Day Parade
The Milford Memorial Day Parade begins at 2:00pm, Main Street, downtown.
The 2014 Memorial Day Parade in Monroe is scheduled for Sunday, May 25th at 2:00 p.m. The line of march will begin at Lower Elm Street and Route 111 and will proceed to the New War Memorial located on the Town Hall Green where the memorial ceremony will be conducted. (See attached for march line-up instructions).
Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 a.m. at the High Plains Community Center Parade Grounds at the Gazebo. The parade will step off immediately following the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.
Begins at 12 noon
Celebrate our town spirit at the annual Memorial Day Parade! Pick your favorite spot along Rowayton Avenue or McKinley Street and cheer for our veterans, Brien McMahon and Roton School marching bands, our commissioners, volunteer firefighters, Little Leaguers, Scouts and all the many other enthusiastic marchers (even four-footed ones!). After the parade, join fellow residents at Veteran’s Cannon to honor those who died in their service to our country. Then, head on over to the Fire House for hot dogs and soda, hosted by our local firefighters and their families.
Seymour Memorial Day Parade
Traditional holiday parade honoring the contributions of the men and women of the armed forces, past and present. The parade will start at 11:00 a.m. at Pine Street.
Westfield Memorial Day Parade
Westfield Fire Department will hold its’ 119th consecutive Memorial Day Parade & Service on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 2 p.m. The Parade forms at the Westfield Firehouse on East Street and steps off at 2 p.m. promptly. A stop will be made at the Old East Street Cemetery and again at the Firehouse and the World War 11 War Monument. From there we parade to the Miner Cemetery for the Service. After the service, we march back to the Firehouse for refreshments. Anyone or group that wishes to take part in the Parade and services should be at the Firehouse by 1:30 p.m.
Woodbury Memorial Day Parade
The Town of Woodbury Memorial Day Parade will start at 2:00pm from the Middle School, along Washington Avenue to Church Street, to Main Street and ends around 4 p.m. at Cannon Green
May 26, 2014:
Berlin Memorial Day Parade
Parade participants will assemble in St. Paul’s parking lot, Peck Street, Kensington, at 9:00 a.m. The parade will go down Farmington Avenue turning left onto Masserio Drive, passing the Berlin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10732, take a left onto Veterans Way and end at the Berlin Veterans Memorial Park.
Bethany Memorial Day Parade
The traditional Bethany Lions Club Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 26. Lineup is at 9 am with parade kick-off at 10 at the Bethany Airport, Route 63. Ceremony honoring veterans will follow immediately after the parade at Bethany Town Hall, Peck Road.
Danbury Memorial Day Parade
Steps off at 9:30 at corner of Rose Street & Main Street. Parachute jumpers after the parade in Rogers Park onto the baseball field. Services to follow at Rose Garden.
Darien Memorial Day Parade
Darien’s annual Memorial Day parade will take place on Monday, May 26 beginning at 10 a.m. The parade will start at the Goodwives Shopping Center and proceed down the Post Rd. to the Soldier’s Monument in the Connecticut Veterans Cemetery. A ceremony will be held at the cemetery following the parade. World War II vet John Geoghegan will serve as this year’s grand Marshall.
Starts at 10:00 am
Starts at Cemetery on Nicholson Road; Ends in town center on Memorial Drive. Annual Memorial Day Parade and Celebration, also featuring the East Granby LIONS Annual Citizen of the Year Award presentation during post parade ceremonies.
Arrive: 9:30AM EHMS. Parade Starts: 10:30
Beginning at 2:00 pm
Near St. John’s Green (across from the Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT.), and will proceed down Niantic’s Main St. ending at the East Lyme Town Hall.
The annual East Lyme Memorial Day Parade provides an opportunity for patriotic Americans to come together and honor those who have sacrificed so much in service to our country. The parade celebrates all those who have served in uniform from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom, and will reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
Ellington Memorial Day Parade
Crystal Lake – At approximately 9:00 a.m. a parade will begin from the Crystal Lake section of Town, where Green Street intersects with Route 140, and end at the Crystal Lake Cemetery where a brief service will be held.
Ellington Center – Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the High School. At the conclusion of the program (approximately 11:30 a.m.), a parade will begin from Ellington High School and proceed to the Ellington Green and then to the Ellington Cemetery for a brief memorial tributes at each location.
Fairfield Memorial Day Parade
The Memorial Day parade will be held on Monday, May 26 at 10 a.m. rain or shine. Adding a special anniversary component to Fairfield’s popular Memorial Day Parade, Betsy Browne says, “get ready for the largest Memorial Day Parade in Connecticut.” Featuring military units, nine bands, and several floats sponsored by the Fairfield Memorial Day Committee, the parade will be followed by ceremonies on the Town Green and a free picnic with games and food.
The parade will form in the parking lot of Express Scripts, located at 4865 Winton Road. Parade line up is from 9:15 to 9:45. The parade will step off at 10:00 am.
Farmington / Unionville Memorial Day Parade
Farmington center parade will from at 10:00 am and steps at 10:30 from intersection of Garden St and Farmington Ave. (Rt 4). Parade route is right(south) on Main St (Rt 10) until Maple St (St Patrick’s Church). Continues on Maple and enters Riverside Cemetery for traditional services.
The Memorial Day Parade in Unionville will form at 8:00 am and step off at 8:30 am from the intersection of New Britain Ave and Rt 177. Route is north on 177 bear left onto Main St. Left on Elm, Right on Maple and left onto Perry. Parade culminates at the Gazebo on Perry St.
Greenwich Memorial Day Parade
The Sound Beach VFD Memorial Day Parade steps off at the corner of Sound Beach Avenue and Shore Acre Drive in Old Greenwich at 10 AM
The Town of Hamden will present its 78th annual Memorial Day Parade May 26, beginning at 10 a.m. at Hamden High School and continuing north along Dixwell Avenue to the Memorial Town Hall. The Parade will be reviewed on Dixwell Avenue near Evergreen Avenue. Following the parade there will be a wreath ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in front of Hamden Middle School. After the invocation, Mayor Jackson and the Parade Marshal will address those in attendance, and wreaths will be placed at the Memorial.
Starts at 10:00 am and runs until 11:30 am from downtown Madison to West Cemetery
Meriden Memorial Day Parade
Meriden will march on Memorial Day, May 26, starting at 10 a.m. Participants will start at Washington Park, turn on to Liberty Street, then down Cottage Street and finally on to East Main Street. The parade will end at City Hall.
The upcoming Memorial Day ceremony in New Milford will commence May 26 at 10 a.m. from the New Milford Public Library on Main Street.
Norwalk Memorial Day Parade
The annual Memorial Day Parade will be held this year on Monday, May 26, 2014. Starting at 10:00 A.M. at Veterans Park in Norwalk, and ending at the Green on East Avenue.
Old Saybrook Memorial Day Parade
The parade will assembly at 9:30 a.m. in the Stop & Shop rear parking area located at 105 Elm Street, Old Saybrook, CT. The parade will step off at 10:00 a.m. and proceed down Elm Street and Main Street.
In the event of rain, the Parade will be canceled. However, a proper ceremony will be carried out in the Firehouse.
Center Green starting at 9:30 am and should end around 10:30-11:00am.
Simsbury Memorial Day Parade
Tariffville Parade: Assemble on Main Street at 8:30 a.m. March off onto Winthrop Street at 9 a.m., sharp. There will be a ceremony at St. Bernard’s Cemetery at the conclusion of the parade.
Simsbury Parade: Assemble on Owens Brook Boulevard by Simsbury Bank at 1 p.m. March off onto Hopmeadow Street at 1:30 p.m., sharp. There will be a ceremony on the portico of Eno Memorial Hall at the conclusion of the parade.
Enjoy the parade down Main Street South which begins at 11:00am and then come on over to Ballantine Park for the Family Day Picnic. There is a variety of activities going on throughout the day, including face painting, games and bands. Signature Entertainment “DJ Kenny” will be playing music and games. “T-Bone” will entertain the kids and their families with music and games that will include beach balls, hula hoops, limbo sticks and much more! There also will be 2 bounce houses from “All 4 Fun”. The Scouts will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks throughout the day for all to enjoy. You can buy food from them or bring your own.
Stratford Memorial Day Parade
The memorial ceremony will be held at Academy Hill on Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day) at 10:30 a.m. The annual parade will step off from Academy Hill and make its way up Main Street to Paradise Green beginning at Noon.
The ceremony will begin in front of Town Hall at 8:45 am. Parade begins at 10 am
The Memorial Day Parade steps off at 2 pm from just north of Long Hil Green (from 6540 Main St/Rte 111, in front of Marisa Ristorante) & will follow 1.5 mile route south to Trumbull Town Hall, Grand Marshall James Grisino, WWII Bronze Star & Combat Infantryman’s Badge recipient, will lead parade w/ theme of “Lest We Forget” to incl civic groups, congressional dignitaries, marching bands, fire companies, scouts & sport leagues, et al.
Wallingford Memorial Day Parade
The Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at Dutton Park beginning at 9:00 am and the Parade will begin at 10:00 am, proceeding down Main, Center and Elm streets, ending up at Doolittle Park; board the busses and head back to Dag to turn in uniforms and equipment.
Held on the holiday, last Monday of May at 10:00 AM. Parade route: Farmington Avenue to South Main Street, ends at Town Hall.
The parade will step off at 10 a.m. Monday and will be followed by closing ceremonies conducted by the color guards of the West Hartford Fire and Police Departments, and Veterans’ organizations. The ceremony will be held at the Veteran’s Memorial, located at the corner of Farmington Avenue and North Main Street.
West Haven Memorial Day Parade
The West Haven Memorial Day parade will be held at 10:30 a.m. May 26. The mile long parade will follow Campbell Avenue from Captain Thomas Boulevard to Center Street.
Parade begins at 9 a.m. at Saugatuck Elementary School and travels up Riverside Avenue, over the Post Road and on to Town Hall. There will be coffee and doughnuts available at the starting point of the parade from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. which will be provided by the Westport Kiwanis Club.
he Veterans Council of Windsor Locks have made tentative plans for the town-wide Memorial Day observance. The observance will be held on Monday, May 26 and will include cemetery services, a bridge ceremony, a morning parade and services at Memorial Hall. The Veterans Council is requesting the townspeople and youth of the community to participate in the observance and parade and invites the following organizations and individual of Windsor Locks to participate: All Boy Scout and Girl Scout Units; all Little League baseball teams; all fraternal and social organizations; all town officials; and all former veterans, whether they belong to a veterans organization or not. Any of the above groups who wish to join in the parade are requested to contact Edward Sabotka at 860-623-5704 or Stanley Wislicska at 860-623-4503 for further details.
May 30, 2014:
Cromwell Memorial Day Parade
The Town of Cromwell and the American Legion Carlson-Sjovall Post are hosting the annual Memorial Day parade and service in downtown Cromwell Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m. Any organization or group interested in participating in the parade and other events, contact Al Waters, Parade Marshall, at 860-930-7812 or write to PO Box 77, Cromwell, CT 06416-0077. Deadline for registration is May 1.
Do you know of other Memorial Day Parades in Connecticut?