Sunday, May 20, 2018
It's hard to believe that the unofficial start of the summer is just a week away! Of course Memorial Day means much more than BBQs, parades, & parties as it honors the men and women who have died while serving in our country's armed forces. And this year is particularly special as it marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI! Although not the meaning behind the holiday, donning your most festive red, white, & blue attire and attending a Memorial Day parade is a favorite tradition in most households. Below you will find local parade details so you can plan your long weekend accordingly. Have fun, be safe, and please remember the reason for the holiday!
Downtown Darien, Monday, 5/28 10am
Local resident Robert S. Mitchell will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 2018 Darien Memorial Day Parade, which is scheduled to start at 10am on May 28. Patricia Parry, a Gold Star Mother, will speak at the ceremony following the parade at Spring Grove Veterans Cemetery. The parade is slated to run from the Post Road near the Goodwives River Shopping Center to Spring Grove Cemetery. Mitchell, who has lived in Darien since 1970, is a former Naval Officer and World War II veteran, writes the Darien Times.
Following the parade, you won't want to miss the 30th annual Darien EMS Post 53 Food Fair at Tilley Pond Park! This event raises money to support training, provide supplies for patient care, provide hands-only CPR classes and maintain ambulances. The fair, which begins immediately after the parade, features fun & entertainment for the entire family.
Old Greenwich, Monday, 5/28 10am
The Sound Beach Volunteer Fire Department celebrates with a parade along Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich and culminating with a ceremony in Binney Park.
Downtown New Canaan, Monday, 5/28 9:30am
The Town of New Canaan is inviting all members of the community of all ages to attend the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on Monday, May 28, 2018. The theme is ‘To remember with gratitude and honor the proud men and women who gave their lives while serving in the US Armed Forces to protect and preserve a life of freedom for all Americans.’ The parade steps off from St. Mark’s Church at 9:30am and will conclude with the ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery.
Veteran's Park, Monday, 5/28 10am
The parade route typically starts at Veterans Park and ends at the Town Green on East Avenue.
Downtown Rowayon, Sunday, 5/27 12pm
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 Veterans’ Cannon to honor those who died in their service to our country. Then stroll on over to the Fire House for hot dogs and soda, hosted by our local fire-fighters and their families.
Downtown Stamford, Sunday, 5/27 12pm
Step off at Bedford Street to Atlantic Street to Veteran's Park.
Downtown Westport, Monday, 5/28 9am
Parade begins 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 7:30am. to 11:30am which will be provided by the Westport Kiwanis Club. Memorial services will be on Veterans Green immediately after the parade.