2024 Memorial Day Parades & Ceremonies

2024 Memorial Day Parades & Ceremonies. Memorial Day not only kicks off summer, but more importantly honors past and present American Veterans. Bring your family out to one of the several 2024 Memorial Day activities listed below.

Due to the weather, we recommend checking each website for moves to indoor venues, cancellations and postponements.

 

Monday May 27 Parades & Ceremonies
Ashby

The 2024 Memorial Day Parade begins at 2 p.m. on Ashby Common and will make stops at town cemeteries.

Auburn

(2024) The parade steps off at 10am at Rockland Rd

Boylston

(2024) The Memorial Day Parade begins at 10:30am at Pine Grove Cemetery and will march to the Old Burial Ground and onto the Boylston Town Common. There will be a bounce house, food, music and a plant sale at the common.

Charlton

The 2024 parade will start at 2pm at the entrance of the Masonic Home complex at 88 Masonic Home Road. Marchers will parade to Charlton Public Library. Memorial wreaths will be placed on the Town Honor Roll, and memorial rifle salutes will be given. Speakers and music performed by the Shepherd Hill Regional HS Marching Band will be at the end of the parade and ceremony. Charlton Middle School students will honor veterans with readings.

Clinton

The 2024 parade will begin at 9 am with a speaking program at Central Park. The parade will proceed down High Street to Water Street and finish at St. John’s Cemetery. Due to the forecast of inclement weather, ceremonies for the Memorial Day Parade will be held indoors at the Fallon Auditorium at Clinton Town Hall at 9:00 am on Monday, May 27th, 2024. All are welcome to attend.

Gardner

(2024) The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 9:40 am at the American Legion on Elm Street and proceed to Monument Park on Cottage Street for a ceremony, featuring guests, music, taps, and more. In the event of rain, event will be held in Perry Auditorium at Gardner City Hall.

Grafton

The 2024 parade will begin at 11:15 am. at Norcross Park ending with a ceremony and flag raising.

Holden

The 2024 Memorial Day Parade will begin at 11am. The parade will begin on Main Street (Holden Recreation, across from the High School) and proceed towards the center of Town and end at the Post Office. The parade make stops at St. Mary Cemetery, Grove Cemetery, Park Avenue Cemetery and Old Burying Ground. There will be a prayer, Girl Scout song, rifle salute, and taps conducted at each stop.

Holden Memorial Day Parade

Hubbardston

The 2024 parade starts at the Curtis Recreation Field on Route 68 in Hubbardston at 11 am and makes its way to the Hubbardston Town Common for a Memorial Day Ceremony. Event will be held rain or shine.

Lancaster

The 2024 Memorial Day program begins at 9am at the Town Green. After the program, the parade will go to North Cemetery for the laying of flowers and wreaths on graves, and taps will be played. The parade will then march back to the Town Green.

Leicester

The 2024 parade begins at 10:30am at Memorial School and will march to the Town Common, where a ceremony takes place.

Marlborough

The public is invited to observe the 2024 Memorial Day Parade process from the American Legion on Maple Street, down Main Street, and end at the Civil War Monument on Mechanic Street. There will be a brief speaking program at the Civil War Monument which will conclude the ceremonies.

Millbury

2024 Ceremonies will take place at town cemeteries and monuments: Dwinell Cemetery at 8:35 a.m.; Providence Street Cemetery at 9 a.m.; War Memorial at 9:30 a.m.; Central and St. Brigid cemeteries and VFW Monument at 10:10 a.m.; West Millbury Cemetery at 11 a.m.; and War Memorial at 11:40 a.m.

Northborough

The 2024 ceremony will begin at the Civil War Memorial at noon and will continue at the adjacent Gulf War Memorial. The parade will step off from the memorials at approximately 12:15 and head east on Rt. 20, turning left onto Hudson St. and will stop at the Tri-War Memorial at the corner of Hudson/Pierce. The parade will then continue down Pierce St. turning right onto Church St. where we will stop at the WWI Memorial at the corner of Church/Whitney. The parade will then continue up Church turning right onto Howard St. then turning right into main drive of Howard St cemetery. The concluding ceremony will take place on the cemetery grounds.

Northbridge

The 2024 parade will begin at 10 am and proceed down Church Street to the Common, followed by a ceremony at Memorial Park.

North Brookfield

The long tradition for a Town parade, honoring deceased Veterans, will depart from the town Firehouse and proceed north on Grove Street to the intersection of North Main Street. It will then move south on N. Main Street to the intersection of Main, Summer and School Streets. It will then disperse to participate in activities at the Haston Library.

Paxton

At 10am the 2024 parade from the Public Safety Building to the Town Common takes place with the ceremony to immediately follow.
In the event of rain, the ceremony will take place at 10 AM in the Paxton Center School cafetorium

After the Ceremony please join the Paxton American Legion Post 306 in paying respect (gun salute) at each of the three cemeteries in town:
1. Old Cemetery behind Congregational Church
2. Mooreland Cemetery at WWII Memorial
3. Worcester County Memorial Park (WCMP)

Rutland

The 2024 parade begins at 10am, and proceeds down Main Street from the Town Hall to Rural Cemetery for memorial services, after that service, the parade returns up Main Street to the Town Commons for services.

Shrewsbury

The 2024 opening remarks begin at 9:15 am at Town Hall, 100 Maple Ave.  The parade steps off at 9:30am and heads towards the town center for a Memorial Day address. The parade then marches to Mountain View Cemetery Veteran’s lot.

Southbridge

The 2024 Memorial Day parade will at 10am, starting in front of the Town Hall’s GAR Monument and making a right onto Main Street. It will end at the Gold Star Mothers Monument.

Spencer

The 2024 Memorial Day Parade will take place at 9am. The parade route will start at the American Legion and proceed down Main Street, a left onto Elm Street, a left on to Chestnut, left on to Maple Street back to Main Street and end at Issac L. Prouty Memorial Park. Memorial Day services will be held at 10am.

Sterling

The 2024 parade will begin at 11am at Hillside Cemetery and will proceed The parade will proceed to Oak Hill Cemetery, Old Cemetery, and down Maple Street to the Town Common for the observance program. The Avenue of Flags will be on display from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery, weather permitting.

Sutton

The 2024 parade will begin at 11:15am at Sutton Common near Town Hall and proceed to Sutton HS on Memorial Drive for an 11:45am program and a flag raising.

Westborough

The 2024 parade will start at Pine Grove on South Street at 10 am and proceed down South Street. The parade will stop at Midland Cemetery, and march to the Forbes Municipal Building for the 11 a.m. presentations.

West Brookfield

The 2024 parade will begin at 9:00am leaving the West Brookfield Elementary School. Stops will include Pine Grove Cemetery, the WB Common, and Sacred Heart Cemetery. The parade will conclude at the American Legion Post 244.

Westminster

Memorial Day Parade 2024 begins at Lovell St at 11/11:15 and travels Main St to the Gazebo. Baseball and Softball players marching will be be able to toss candy to spectators. At the gazebo they will have recitals of the Gettysburg Address and Flanders Field, a guest speaker and musical performances. Festivities conclude with a chicken BBQ open to the public at the VFW.

Worcester

Although Worcester doesn’t have a parade, they have several ceremonies taking place throughout the city.

Past Events
Sunday May 26 Parades & Ceremonies
Blackstone Memorial Day Celebration

The day begins at 1pm and ends with fireworks!

For more events, see the WCKC Calendar!

 

 

 

 

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