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Central Jersey Memorial Day Events

A Holiday Guide to the best 2019 Ceremonies, Events, Parades, and Festivals

Central Jersey Memorial Day  Events

This year Memorial day will be celebrated on Monday, May 27, 2019.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

It is a time for parades, flags, and wreath-laying ceremonies paying tribute the who died serving our country.

Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

2019 Central Jersey Memorial Day Weekend Events

Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.

Taylor Dayne to Kickoff the Summer Celebration in Seaside Heights! 
Friday, May 24, 2019; 2PM - 8PM (Taylor Dayne beginning at 6pm)
In front of Spicy Cantina
Seaside Heights, NJ
Free Event
This event will feature a performance by American Pop Icon, Taylor Dayne!
Beginning at 2pm on the Boardwalk in, WJRZ fm 100.1, Jersey’s Greatest Hits radio station will kick off the Memorial Day Weekend with a LIVE Broadcast.
Taylor Dayne turned into an overnight sensation with her groundbreaking debut single, “Tell it to my Heart” in 1987.  She became in international star and followed with number one smash hits such as “Love will Lead you Back”, “Prove your Love”, and “I’ll Always Love You”.

Waterfront Arts Festival
Friday, May 24th: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. & Saturday, May 25th, 2019: 12:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Perth Amboy Waterfront
Sadowski Parkway
Perth Amboy, NJ
732-826-1690 ext. 4305 or 4306.
Cost: Free
Attendees wiil get to enjoy a variety of local and regional talented artists, who showcase their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, prints, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics, hand-made items, and vivid photography. To complement the festivities, live bands will perfrom on stage throughout the day. A food court will feature over a dozen local eateries and food trucks. The family-friendly festival will also feature free arts and crafts activities for children and community mural that everyone can participate in creating!

Bradley Beach Memorial Day Weekend Festival
May 25, 26, & 27, 2019; 11 am - 8 pm
Ocean Ave.
Contact: 732-776-2999 Ext. 1050
This annual family event features one mile one mile of food vendors, Crafters, and Kids jumping house and rides, including 6 bands and emcee/DJ playing requests, and over 180 craft and specialty vendors 25 food vendors with something for everyone Great oceanfront location Children's activities including water slide, rides, face painters and sand art.
The Annual Memorial Day Parade will start on Saturday, at 10am on Ocean Avenue and Bradley Blvd.  The annual parade features several local school marching bands, pipe bands from around the state.

The 6th Annual Pork Roll Festival
Saturday, May 25, 2019; 10:00 AM - 7:00  PM
Mill Hill Park
Trenton, NJ
Event cost: $5
This year's festival will celebrate Trenton's unique pork roll product while promoting the city's history, art, music, small businesses and cultural diversity. One of New Jersey's famous foods, the pork roll, although North Jeryans will call it Taylor ham will be the featured food.
It will feature Music Stage (all day) Entertainment, Children's Events, Pork Roll Recipe Contest and Awards, and the 2019 Pork Roll Queen Pageant and Crowning.

Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival
May 25, 26, 27, 2019
Monmouth Park Racetrack
175 Oceanport Ave.
Oceanport, NJ 07757
General parking $5, Grandstand admission $5, Children 12 and under always FREE
This year's Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival will feature over 40 mouth-watering trucks serving everything from fresh-made empanadas, to ocean-fresh lobster rolls, to warm and gooey Belgian Waffle sundaes. Enjoy live music all three days of the festival. In addition, FREE Family Fun Day activities will take place Saturday and Sunday including clowns, face painters, pony rides and a bounce house. There is always something new, exciting and delicious on the menu at the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival. So bring your family, bring your friends, come one day or come all three. Just don't miss the most delicious summer kick-off party on the Jersey Shore - at Monmouth Park Racetrack, your best bet for summertime family fun.

Memorial Day Weekend Fireworks
Sunday, May 26, 2019; @ 9 PM
Asbury Park Boardwalk
On the beach at 4th Ave.
Asbury Park, New Jersey
Fireworks on the Beach at 9 PM

Tour of Somerville festival

Monday May 27, 2018, 10:30 am - 4pm ( rain or shine)
Somerville Court House and the Division Street Mall
Somerville, NJ
This family event, follows The historic, Tour of Somerville, the oldest bike race in the U.S with top cyclists from around the world where more than 500 cyclists will compete in a variety of race categories.
Beginning at noon, the festival begins with live local music acts, street performers, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting, and more. Kids can participate in live entertainment and enjoy the variety of sports demonstrations,

Memorial Day Ceremony
Monday, May 27, 2019; 11:00am to 2:00pm
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation
1 Memorial Lane,
Holmdel, NJ
(732) 335-0033
Hosted by New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Foundation, this annual event features a Memorial Day ceremony . The Museum will remain open until 2:00 PM following the ceremony

2019 Central Jersey Memorial Day Parades

Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.

Saturday, May 25, 2019; @ 11 AM
Parade Starts at Huddy Park

Saturday, May 25, 2019 @ 10:30 AM ( The rain date is scheduled for Sunday, May 26)
The parade route will begin on New Amwell Road to Beekman Lane to Municipal Building. There will be a Ceremony following the parade.

Lawrence Township
Saturday, May 25, 2019; @10 am
Begins at Lawrence High School, ending at Lawrence Veterans' Park.

Princeton Memorial Day Parade
Saturday May 25, 2019; @ !0 AM
The parade kicks off at 10am from Princeton Ave and Nassau St , then on to Princeton Monument Hall (1 Monument Drive or 45 Stockton St. in Princeton), for a short ceremony at the hall at 11am

Somerville Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 27, 2019; 10:30 am
Downtown, Somervill, NJ
The annual parade precedes the Tour of Somerville bike races.
The parade begins in front of the Somerset County Courthouse and includes military veterans, local school bands, organizations, police, fire and emergency groups, plus an assortment of military vehicles. The course follows the race course moving west down High Street, left on Davenport Street, left on Main Street to Bridge Street and turns right to finish with a ceremony at Somerville's New Cemetery.

Sunday, May 26, 2019: @ 12 noon
Contact: Dana at or 732-248-7298
The parade will start at Division Street and continue down Plainfield Avenue to Jefferson Blvd and end at Father & Son Legion Post 435 Jefferson Blvd & Oakland Avenue
. Once again, the parade will feature "Most Patriotic” Bike Decorating Contest for youngsters.

Hopewell Borough
Sunday, May 26, 2019 @ 1pm
Will be marching east on Broad Street. Closing Ceremony at Hopewell Elementary School Hosted by the Hopewell Volunteer Fire Dept

Bound Brook
May 27, 2019: @ 10 am (There is no rain date.)
Begins at Bound Brook Library on Hamilton and High Streets and turns right onto Church St. and then left onto Union Avenue (Route 28) to the War Memorial on Vosseller and Union Avenue where the traditional Memorial Day ceremonies will happen.

Colts Neck
Monday, May 27, 2019; @ 10:30 AM
Beginning at Colts Neck Town Hall

Monday, May 27, 2019; @ 10AM
The Freehold Memorial Day Parade is the oldest and largest such parade in Western Monmouth County, with an average of more than 70 units participating each year. The parade features many military units, veterans groups, bands, fire departments, EMS squads, youth groups, custom designed floats and civilian units.

Hamilton Township
Monday, May 27, 2019; @ 10:30 AM
Parade starts at Nottingham Way at Shady Lane and continuing to Nottingham Way Firehouse on Mercer Street (route travels down some neighborhood streets towards back entrance of the Firehouse)

Highland Park & New Brunswick
Monday May 27, 2019: @ 11 am
Starting at Monument Square, Corner of Livingston Avenue & George Street and ending at 1 pm at Doughboy Monument Fork at Raritan Avenue & Woodbridge Avenue
Contact : 732-819-0052

Metuchen Parade & Ceremony
Monday, May 27, 2019; @10:00 a.m. - Noon. rain or shine,
The parade begins on Brunswick Avenue & Edgar School, proceeding north on Main Street to New Street, to end at the Plaza for the ceremony at 11:30am

Old Bridge
Monday, May 27, 2019; @ 9:00 a.m.
732-721-5600 x 4010
Memorial Day Parade will be beginning at Memorial School at 11 Ely Avenue, Laurence Harbor. The parade will conclude with a Memorial Day services at Memorial Park, which is directly across the street from the Laurence Harbor Fire House.

Monday, May 27, 2019; @11 am
The Memorial Day parade kicks off @11 AM.
Kids Bike Brigade begins 10:15 am at Toll Gate Grammar School. The kids can decorate their bikes, win prizes and ride in the parade.

Monday, May 27, 2019; @10 am
Active US military, local organizations, marching and pipe bands, and veterans march and ride down Washington Rd. and Main St.

West Windsor Township
Monday May 27, 2019; @ 11:00 a.m
Kicks-Off . from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School, South
Ceremony: 12:00 (Noon) – West Windsor Municipal Complex corner of Clarksville Road and North Post Road.

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