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The Complete Guide to Memorial Day Parades Happening in CT

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Written by Carly Maher

Looking for a Memorial Day Parade in Connecticut? We’ve got you covered with this complete list of all the parades going on, county by county.

Note: Some towns have cancelled their parade due to rain. Please check directly with your town if you are looking for cancellation information, as we are closed today in observance of the holiday. If we receive information about rescheduled parades, we will add them to this post tomorrow.

We observe Memorial Day as an important holiday meant to recognize those who have fought in any of our country’s wars; past or present. As a day of remembrance originally created to honor fallen confederate soldiers of the Civil War, the event was rebranded in the 1960’s to reflect the millions of veterans who have served then and since. This Memorial Day, take time out to acknowledge the veterans in your life who have sacrificed and fought for our freedom. Want to learn more about the history of Memorial Day? Click Here.

We would like to express our thanks this Memorial Day to all retired and fallen soldiers of the United States of America.

Without further ado, here’s our 2017 guide to Memorial Day Parades across the state.

Hartford County

Wethersfield

The Wethersfield Memorial Day parade will be on Saturday, May 27th at 9am. The will proceed from State Street and end at the Village Cemetery where ceremonial services will take place. In the event of rain, all Memorial Day events will be held the Wethersfield High School auditorium.

Berlin

The parade in Berlin begins Monday, May 29th at 9am on Farmington Avenue. The parade will go down Farmington Avenue, turn left onto Massirio Drive, past the Berlin VFW post 10732, turn left onto Veterans’ Way and end at the Berlin Veterans’ Memorial Park.

In the event of rain, The Memorial Day Program will be held at the Berlin VFW post 10732 at  9am the same day.

Forestville

The Forestville parade starts in Forestville Center after a ceremony at Quinlan Park and proceeds up Church Avenue to Washington Street and down Central Street ending in Forestville Center. It will take place on Monday, May 29th at 12pm.

Enfield

The Enfield Memorial Day parade begins on Sunday, May 28th at 1pm in front of the Old Town Hall Museum. Roads along the parade route, including a section of Rt. 5 will be closed from the beginning to the end of the event. The Old Town Hall Museum will open directly after the parade ends and will close at 4:30pm.

East Windsor
According to one of our readers, the parade will take place Monday, May 29th. According to the town’s website, a previous year’s parade took place at 10:00am, so we are assuming the time will remain the same. If any readers have more accurate information, we encourage you to share in the comments below. Previous year’s parades have started at the Town Green, Warehouse Point section of East Windsor.

Farmington

The Farmington Parade steps off at 8:30am on Monday, May 29th.

Manchester

The annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 29, 2017. The parade steps off promptly at 9:30 a.m. from the Army & Navy Club, 1090 Main Street, and turns east on East Center Street, west at Munro Park, and will conclude at Center Memorial Park for a Memorial Day Program.

In case of rain, the Center Memorial Park Program will be held at the Full Gospel Interdenominational Church, 745 Main St, at 11am. Marchers should assemble at 8:45 a.m. at the Army & Navy Club. The Public is invited to attend.

Newington

The town of Newington’s Memorial Day parade will be on Saturday, May 28th. The parade will step off from Main Street and proceed north, turning west on Garfield Street. The route ends at Mill Pond Park where a ceremony will take place. At approximately 12pm the Ceremony of the Roses will be held in the front lobby of the Town Hall for the thirty town members we lost during the nation’s wars and conflicts. The public is invited to attend.

Southington

The town of Southington’s Memorial Day Services will be on Monday, May 29th. Various ceremonies will take place at the cemeteries in town before the start of the parade. For a list of ceremony places and times click here. The parade will officially step off at 10:30am from Eden Avenue and end in front of the American Legion home at 64 Main Street. Another veterans ceremony will occur there at the close of the event.

Simsbury

Parades are held each Memorial Day at 9am in Tariffville and also at 1pm on Hopmeadow Street in Downtown Simsbury.

Bloomfield

The town of Bloomfield’s Memorial Day events include the road race at 930am, the memorial ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery at 10am, the Memorial Day parade at 11am and a 12pm ceremony at the Town Green. The parade begins at the corner of Barnard Lane and Bloomfield Avenue. For more information about any of the day’s events, click here.

West Hartford

The West Hartford Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 10:00am. Assembly of parade units will take place at 9:30 AM in designated areas west of Woodrow Street on Farmington Avenue. The parade begins on Farmington Avenue, at the intersection of Woodrow Street, and contingents will march east on Farmington Avenue and then shall turn south onto South Main Street, marching on the east side of the Goodman Green to Burr Street. The parade turns left onto Burr Street and into the Town Hall parking lot to be dismissed by their Leaders. More information can be found here.

Fairfield County

Stratford

Parade information TBA

Trumbull

The Trumbull Memorial Day events will begin on Monday, May 29th at 7:30am with the Vietnam Veterans’ Ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial on White Plains Road. The general memorial ceremony will take place at 8:30am at the Trumbull Town Hall; then, the parade will begin at 10am at 6540 Main Street.

Danbury

The Memorial Day parade in Danbury, run by the Danbury Council of Veterans, begins Monday, May 29th at 6:30am. The event will start at St. Joseph’s Church on Robinson Avenue. There will be a wreath laying ceremony following the church services.

Westport

The town of Westport’s Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 29th at 9am. The march will begin on Riverside Avenue and the services will take place on the Veterans’ Green immediately following the parade. Certificates will also be awarded during this time for categories such as best youth organizational float, most creative, most colorful, best community organization and more.

Fairfield

The parade will begin on Monday, May 29th at 10am, starting on South Pine Creek Road. The parade will run East along Post Road to the town library, then South along Old Post Road to Flint’s Corner. From there, the march will proceed East along Old Post Road, passing the town green and continuing beyond South Benson Road.

Monroe

The parade in Monroe will take place on Sunday, May 28th at 2pm. The line of march will begin at Lower Elm Street and Route 111, then proceed to the New War Memorial located on the Town Hall Green where the memorial ceremony will be conducted. In the event of rain, the memorial ceremony will take place in the Town Hall Council Chambers.

Ridgefield

The Ridgefield Memorial day parade will be on Monday, May 29th at 11:30am. It will begin at the Jesse Lee Church and end at Ballard Park. Members of local and civic groups, marching bands, children’s’ organizations,  representatives of veterans groups will be participate.

Wilton

The town of Wilton’s Memorial Day parade will begin at 10am at 21 River Road and proceed through Wilton Center, past the Veterans Memorial Green and Wilton Congregational Church, ending at Hillside Cemetery. A somber ceremony there will honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.

New London County

East Lyme

The parade in East Lyme will be held on Monday, May 29th at 2pm. The event will begin near John’s Green and will proceed down Niantic’s Main Street, ending at the East Lyme Town Hall.

Norwich

The Norwich Memorial Day parade will begin on Monday, May 29th at 10am at Memorial Park on the corner of Norwich Avenue and South B Street, Taftville. In the event of inclement weather, the festivities will take place at the Knights of Columbus on South 2nd Avenue.

Mystic

According to the Mystic VFW’s officially letter, the parade will take place on Monday, May 29 at 2pm. The parade will begin on Water, Pearl and Gravel Streets on the Groton side of the Mystic River. There will be a Memorial Ceremony at the VFW home post immediately following the parade. Events will take place as scheduled, rain or shine.

Bozrah

The Town of Bozrah’s Memorial Day Parade is always the Saturday before Memorial Day. This year that would be May 27th. At 11: 30am, there will be a short ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park next door to the Bozrah Town Hall at 1 River Road. The Parade kicks off from Schwartz Road at 1:30pm and concludes at the Bozrah Moose Lodge, where you can enjoy a free hot dog & hamburger as well as other refreshments.

Lebanon

The Memorial Day parade is always scheduled for the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Lebanon veterans are honored during festivities which include floats, marching bands from local schools and civic organizations, culminating in the announcement and presentation of the Lebanon Citizen of the Year award. For more information as it is added, see here.

Ledyard

The parade will take place on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 1pm. It will start at the Ledyard Center School/Fair Grounds and will turn left onto Rout 117, where it will proceed past the Reviewing Stand and the Memorial Gardens. It will then turn left onto Colonel Ledyard Highway and left onto Gallup Hill Road, ending at the high school. It will take place rain or shine. For more information, see here.

Groton

Parade information TBA

Waterford

Parade information TBA

Pawcatuck

The Westerly Pawcatuck Veteran’s Board will hold its annual celebration of Memorial Day with a parade starting at 9:30am in Pawcatuck and ending in Wilcox Park in Westerly, RI.

New Haven County

Hamden

The 80th annual Memorial Day parade in Hamden will be on Monday, May 29th at 10am. The parade will begin at Hamden High School and continue north along Dixwell Avenue to the Memorial Town Hall. Following the parade, there will be a wreathing ceremony at the Veterans’ memorial in front of Hamden Middle School.

Meriden

The Meriden Memorial Day parade will begin on Monday, May 29th at 10am. The Parade Route will begin on Curtis Street, proceed past Veterans Memorial Boulevard on Broad Street, and continue down East Main Street, to State Street. The parade will end at the New Meriden Green – a ceremony will follow.

Milford

The parade and Memorial Day festivities in Milford will take place on Sunday, May 28th beginning at 2pm. The town green is located on Broad Street.

Ansonia

The Memorial Day parade in Ansonia is on Saturday, May 28th. The march will step off on Main Street at 2pm.

Cheshire

The town of Cheshire’s Memorial Day parade is scheduled for Saturday, May 28th at 1:30pm. In the event of rain, the reschedule date is Sunday, June 4th.

Derby/Shelton

Derby-Shelton Memorial Day Parade will take place, rain or shine, on Monday May 30, 2016 at 9am beginning on Howe Avenue at the Intersection of Route 8 in Shelton and concluding at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Cottage Street in Derby.

Orange

The town of Orange’s Memorial Day parade and ceremonies will take place on Saturday, May 28th. Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30am at the High Plains Community Center Field. The parade will step off immediately following the ceremony down Orange Center Road past the reviewing stand with services following at the Orange Center Cemetery.

East Haven

The East Haven Memorial Day Parade will feature a procession from the American Legion Post 89 on Thompson Avenue to the East Haven Green on May 29 at 11:30am.

West Haven

The West Haven Memorial Day parade will be on Monday, May 29th at 10:30am. The parade steps off on Campbell Avenue, rain or shine.

Seymour

The Memorial Day events will be held on Sunday, May 28th. They will begin at 10:30am on the grandstand. Then, the ceremony will begin at approximately 11am. The parade will officially step off at 11:30am from French Memorial Park, down New Haven Road to the downtown area. It will continue onto Main Street, across the Broad Street Bridge and will disband at the Seymour Community Center (20 Pine Street). A trophy ceremony will take place at the end.

Bethany

The Bethany Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 9am and is sponsored by the Bethany Lions Club. After the parade, a brief ceremony will take place at Town Hall.

Wallingford

The Wallingford Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 29, 2017 from 8am to 12:30pm. Information on the parade route and road closures can be found here.

New Haven

Parade information TBA

East Haven

The East Haven Memorial Day Parade will feature a procession from the American Legion Post 89 on Thompson Avenue to the East Haven Green on Monday, May 29 at 11:30am. Following remarks, the Veterans, Color Guard and guests will proceed to the War Monuments and “Honors” will be rendered. All are invited back to Post 89 for refreshments following the ceremonies. Details can be found here.

Middlesex County

Old Saybrook

The Memorial Day parade in Old Saybrook will begin at Stop & Shop at 10am following the 9am wreath-laying ceremony at Saybrook Point. The parade will continue down Elm and Main Street thereafter. In the event of rain, the parade will be cancelled.

Haddam

The town of Haddam Memorial Day parade is scheduled for Monday, May 29th at 9:30am. The march will step off from the corner of Lake Avenue and Rt. 81. The parade will end on the town green where the Memorial Day ceremonies will take place, rain or shine.

Deep River

The town of Deep River’s Memorial Day parade will be on Monday, May 29th, beginning at 9am.

Litchfield County

Bridgewater

The parade will begin at on Monday, May 29th at 8:20am at the Bridgewater Volunteer Firehouse and proceed to the town green where the Memorial Day services will take place. There will be a reading of the Gettysburg Address by the Burnham School 5th graders, and refreshments will be served after the parade on the Historical Society Lawn.

Torrington

The Torrington town parade will be on Monday, May 29th and begin promptly at 9:30am. Trophies will be awarded at Coe Park after the parade is finished and before the Memorial Day services/ceremonies. All veterans are encouraged to participate!

Kent

The Memorial Day parade in Kent will be on Monday, May 29th at 9:30am. The parade will step off on Main Street.

Woodbury

Woodbury’s Memorial Day parade will begin on Sunday, May 28th at 2pm (line up at 1pm) outside of Woodbury Middle School. The march will proceed from there to Cannon Green on Main Street for a memorial ceremony.

Salisbury

Parade information TBA

Tolland County

Ellington

The Ellington Memorial Day parade will begin on Monday, May 29th at 9am at Crystal Lake, where Green Street intersects with Rt. 140. The parade will proceed westerly to Crystal Lake Cemetery. At 10:30am, a program will be held at Ellington High School. After, at approximately 11:30am, the parade will proceed to the Town Green and then to Ellington Cemetery with brief memorial tributes at each location.

Hebron

The Memorial Day parade in Hebron will take place on Monday, May 29th. The Marching Band will assemble at RHAM High School at 10:30am.

Mansfield

The Mansfield Memorial Day parade will be on Monday, May 29th at 9am.

Windham County

Putnam

The Memorial Day parade in Putnam will begin at 10am on Monday, May 29th. The march will step off near the monument on Grove Street. The parade and services will end around 1pm.

Ashford

The town of Ashford’s Memorial Day ceremony will begin on Monday, May 29th at 10:30am. The parade will begin at approximately 11:00 at the Ashford Volunteer Fire Department, Station 20, located on Route 89 and end with a ceremony at Pompey Hollow Park located off Route 44.  If the parade has to be cancelled due to weather conditions, the memorial ceremony will be held in Knowlton Memorial Hall at 11:00.

Hampton

The town of Hampton’s Memorial Day parade will be on Monday, May 29th at 9:30am. The march will step off on Main Street.

So How’d We Do?

If we missed any parades (especially if we missed your favorite parade), let us know in the comments below!

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