Memorial Day is more than just the unofficial start to summer. While many families may be beach-bound, bringing kids to a parade or memorial service is a good way to express gratitude for our fallen heroes and to demonstrate ways to show respect for those who've served in the military. Below is a guide to some of the many Memorial Day parades and services happening in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this year.
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Thursday, May 24
Memorial Day Parade – Mamaroneck/Larchmont
This evening parade begins by the Larchmont train station and marches onto Palmer Avenue, traveling down Larchmont Avenue and proceeding to Cherry Avenue. Village and town officials will depart the parade in front of the Larchmont Village Hall staircase.
Monday, May 28
Check out vintage vehicles at the Bronxville memorial Day Parade. Photo by Susan Miele
Memorial Day Parade and Antique Car Show – Bronxville
This parade steps off at at Leonard Morange Square, along Parkway Road by the train station. It concludes at the Bronxville School on Pondfield Road and is followed by a display of vintage vehicles.
Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony – Valhalla
The parade starts behind Valhalla Methodist Church and travels down Columbus to Cedar and Cleveland. It then heads to the Gazebo area for the memorial ceremony.
Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony – Mount Vernon
This parade assembles at East Prospect Avenue between Park Avenue and North Third Avenue, concluding at Hartley Park.
Memorial Day Parade and Hudson Park Event – New Rochelle
A ceremony will be held at Memorial Plaza, with a water service held at Glen Island at noon. This will be followed by a free Veterans Appreciation BBQ and concert, with games, food, helicopter landings, and more. Pack a picnic and spend the day!
Memorial Day Parade – Pleasantville
This parade begins at Bedford Road School, heads down Academy Street, and travels down to Memorial Plaza.
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The White Plains Memorial Day Parade marches down Church Street. Photo courtesy of the City of White Plains
Memorial Day Parade – White Plains
The parade steps off on Church Street, between Main Street and Hamilton Avenue, and travels to the Rural Cemetery on North Broadway.
A fun run kicks off the Memorial Day Races and Fair. Photo courtesy of the South Salem Presbyterian Church
Memorial Day Races and Fair – Lewisboro/South Salem
This Memorial Day celebration begins with a fun run and includes games, live music, and more.
Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies – Yorktown Heights
Yorktown’s events begin with services at Town Hall, followed by a parade and ceremony.
Memorial Day Parade – Crestwood
A ceremony rounds off this annual parade, which starts at Schulze Field and ends at American Legion Plaza.
Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade – Kingston
Whereas most of the parades we’ve identified begin with a parade that leads to a ceremony, this one’s the other way around. Step-off is on Andrew Street. It’s also one of the few that begins in the afternoon.
Memorial Day Parade – Hyde Park
Spend Memorial Day in the hometown of FDR, whose presidency is strongly associated with World War II, with a parade that travels from his namesake movie theater to a ceremony at Town Hall.
Memorial Day Parade – Newburgh
Also associated with a wartime president, this parade travels to Washington's Headquarters.
Memorial Day Parade and Services – Goshen
This multifaceted tribute devotes much of Memorial Day to honoring fallen heroes, beginning with cemetery visits, continuing with a parade, and ending with a ceremony.
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