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Memorial Day Weekend Events In New Jersey

Memorial Day In New Jersey

Your Guide to the best 2021 Memorial Day Ceremonies, Events, Parades, and Festivals

This year Memorial day will be celebrated on Monday, May 31, 2021.

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.

Memorial Day is also the unofficial beginning of summer in New Jersey with the Jersey Shore beach communities coming alive with activities.

Many of these activities include music festivals, ethnic festivals, fireworks, auto racing events and special events geared to the kick off of summer.

State of NJ

NJ COVID 19 Update:
At this this time, New Jersey has lifted all COVID-19 Restrictions.

We  continue to recommend viewers contact the event sponsors before heading out to a listed event to confirm their status.

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

2021 North Jersey Memorial Day Parades

Listed by date

Morris Plains Memorial Day Parade
Saturday, May 29, 2021; 9am
A memorial service will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 29 at Robert's Garden on Glenbrook Road. The parade will start at about 9:30 a.m. from Robert's Garden and travel down Mountain Way to Rosedale Avenue up to Speedwell Avenue.

Saddle Brook Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2021: 1:00 pm - 5pm
The parade will kick off on Fairlawn Parkway by Evans Place at 1:30PM.

Clark Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
Monday, May 31, 2021; 9:30am
The parade will begin at the intersection of Westfield Avenue and Nassau Street. The parade will the proceed west along Westfield Avenue to ALJ High School. At the end of the parade route at Arthur L. Johnson High School, a short service will be held to honor "Clark's Fallen Heroes."

Glen Ridge Memorial Day Parade
Monday May 31, 2021 @11am
Glen Ridge, NJ
Traditional Memorial Day Parade starts at Sherman Avenue & Baldwin Street and proceeds down Ridgewood Avenue from Baldwin Street to the War Memorials in front of Ridgewood Ave School, 235 Ridgewood Ave.

Ho-Ho-Kus Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 31, 2021 @10:30am
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ
The parade will begin at Sheridan and Ardmore Avenues and conclude at the War Memorial on East Franklin Turnpike for a Remembrance Ceremony conducted by the V.F.W. Washington Post 192.

Old Tappan Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 31, 2021: at 9:30am
The parade will step off from the back of Northern Valley OT High School promptly at 9:30 am. The parade ends in Oakes Park on Central Avenue and concludes with a Memorial Ceremony. The Ceremony includes parading the colors, the National Anthem, the Invocation, address by the Mayor, placing wreaths at the Memorial, the rifle salute and taps. In the event of inclement weather, the Fire Department siren will be sounded at 8:15 a.m. advising that the Parade and ceremony has been canceled. We ask you to remind members of your organization, children and adults alike, that Memorial Day is a solemn occasion, dedicated to the memory of our countrymen who have given their lives so that we may enjoy our freedom. Let us treat their memory with dignity and respect, along the Parade route as well as during Memorial Services.

Rockaway Township Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 31, 2021: 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Parade details TBD

Roselle Park Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 31, 2021; at 10 a.m.
The Roselle Park Memorial Day Parade will step-off from Sherman Elementary Schoo and will proceed westbound along the East Grant Avenue parade route toward Chestnut Street, turning right onto Chestnut Street and ultimately disbursing at Roselle Park Veterans Memorial Library where a solemn outdoor memorial service will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Summit Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 31, 2021 @10am (rain or shine)
The parade will begin at 25 Deforest Ave. and proceed to the Village Green, 356 Board Street. Ceremony will follow.

Washington Township Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
Monday, May 31, 2021 at 10:00 am
Marchers will assemble at Clinton Ave at the corner of Washington/Clinton Ave between 9:00 am – 9:30 am and will begin marching promptly at 10:00 am. Participants will proceed to Pascack Road and continue to march to the Township of Washington Memorial Monument in front of town hall. A Memorial Day service will be held at the monument at 11:00 am.

Wayne Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 31, 2021; 10 AM
973-694-1800, ext. 3260
The parade begins at 10am at the Ramapo Shopping Plaza and is set to end at the Wayne Municipal Building. Officials are "encouraging" residents to line Valley Road as the procession makes its way through town.

Woodland Park Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 31, 2021 at 11am
973-345-8100 ext. 213
McBride Avenue - Glover Ave. to Memorial Dr.

Wyckoff Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 31, 2021
201 891-7000 ext. 118
The parade will start at 11:30 a.m on Wyckoff Avenue. The parade will proceed down Wyckoff Ave. across Franklin Ave. and continue onto Main St. The parade will continue across Franklin Ave. and end at Town Hall.

2021 North Jersey Memorial Day Weekend Events

Memorial Day Weekend at an Overnight Camping Resort
Friday, May 28th – Monday May 31, 2021
Kymer's Camping Resort
69 Kymer Road
Branchville, NJ
Reservations & information: 800-526-2267
Celebrate a family Memorial Day weekend at scenic camping resort.
Features 200 scenic acres in the Kittatinny Mountains that offer something for the whole family. Whether you hike the Appalachian Trail and experience nature at its finest, kayak on the lake or simply relax in the sunshine by our Olympic-size swimming pool, there is something for everyone to enjoy. It's a great escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Campsite options include:
Trailer Campsite, Tent Campsite, Luxury Tent Rental, Park Model Rental, or a Cabin rental

Chester Food Truck and Music Festival
Saturday, May 29, 2021; 11 AM – 7 PM
Municipal Field
134 Main St,
Chester, NJ
This event features Food! Beer! Music! Fun! New Jersey foodies, eat your hearts out! It's a fun-filled family day! Over 20 Gourmet Food Trucks, partnered with some incredible bands, make for an enchanting and fulfilling Spring day. Bring your appetite, lawn chairs, pups, and blankets. Dine on excellent food, while enjoying the beer and sangria garden along with the amazing sounds. Face painting, vendors, kids activities. Event is a Benefit for the Chester First Aid Squad & The Chester/Mendham Food Pantry.
1am-1:30pm - The Outcrops A soulfully driven rock n roll band that grooves to blues, soul, and bits of funk, jazz, and old country. 1:30-4pm - Stepping Stone Acoustic Alternative Country Blues Rock 4pm-7pm - Stereo Junkies Band Cover band playing classic rock, R&B, top 40, jam, heavy and chill!

Borough of Hawthorne Memorial Day Service & Mini-Concert
Monday, May 31, 2021 @ 12noon
Borough Hall
Hawthorne, NJ
The Borough of Hawthorne will hold its annual Memorial Day Service in front of Borough Hall. This year’s guest speaker is New Jersey Assemblyman Brian Bergen. Mr. Bergen serves as Assemblyman for the 25th District of New Jersey. He is a combat veteran, serving in the U.S. Army for eight years after graduating the United States Military Academy at West Point. During his time in the military, Assemblyman Bergen served as an officer, company commander, and Apache helicopter pilot – an assignment that earned him a Bronze Star. Assemblyman Bergen is a member of the VFW and American Legion and a former councilman in Denville Township. Ms. Julie Minicozzi will perform, accompanied by The Amy Hamilton-Soto String Quartet. At the conclusion of the Service, the Hawthorne Caballeros will perform a mini-concert in the front of Borough Hall.