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The Complete Guide to 2018 Memorial Day Parades Happening in CT

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Written by Ryan Sylvestre

Looking for a 2018 Memorial Day Parade in Connecticut? Check out our guide including all of the Memorial Day parades happening in CT this year. Parades are organized county by county, making it easy for you to find the perfect parade near you.

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 2018 guide to Memorial Day Parades across the state.

Hartford County

 

Wethersfield

The Wethersfield Memorial Day parade will be on Saturday, May 26th at 9 am. 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 at the Wethersfield High School auditorium.

Berlin

The Berlin Memorial Day Parade will be on Saturday, May 26th. 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 on May 28th

Forestville

This year’s date and time are TBD. Last years Forestville parade started at 12 pm on Monday, May 29th at the Forestville Center after a ceremony at Quinlan Park. It proceeded up Church Avenue to Washington Street and down Central Street ending in Forestville Center.

Enfield

This year’s date and time are TBD. Last year the Enfield Memorial Day parade began on Sunday, May 28th at 1 pm 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 4:30 pm.

East Windsor

This year’s parade will take place Monday, May 28th at 10:00 am. It will start at the Town Green, Warehouse Point section of East Windsor.

Farmington

The Farmington Parade will step off at 10:30 am on Monday, May 28th.

Unionville

The Unionville Parade will step off at 8:30 am on Monday, May 28th.

Manchester

The annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 28, 2018. 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 11 am. 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 26th. 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 12 pm 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

This year’s date and time are TBD. Southington’s Memorial Day Services were held on Monday, May 29th last year. Various ceremonies will take place at the cemeteries in town before the start of the parade. Last years parade officially stepped off at 10:30 am 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 9 am in Tariffville and also at 1 pm on Hopmeadow Street in Downtown Simsbury.

Bloomfield

The parade will take place on Monday, May 28th. This year, the town of Bloomfield’s Memorial Day events include a road race at 9:30 am, the memorial ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery at 10 am, the Memorial Day parade at 11 am and a 12 pm ceremony at the Town Green. 

West Hartford

The West Hartford Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 28, 2018, at 10:00 am. 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.

Manchester

The Manchester parade will be on Monday, May 28th, 2018. The parade steps off promptly at 9:30 am from the Army & Navy Club. It turns east onto East Center Street, heads wester at Munro Park and will finish up at the Center Memorial Park.

Fairfield County

 

Stratford

Parade information TBA

Brookfield 

The Brookfield Memorial Day Parade will take place Sunday, May 27th, at 2:00 pm. The parade will start at the High School and end at Center School on RT 133

Trumbull

 Trumbull’s Memorial Day Parade will be on May 28th and begin with the Vietnam Veterans’ Ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial on White Plains Road.  Last year the general memorial ceremony took place at 8:30 am at the Trumbull Town Hall; then, the parade began at 10 am at 6540 Main Street. Check back for updated times!

Danbury   

This year’s date and time are TBD. Last year, Danbury’s Memorial Day parade run by the Danbury Council of Veterans, Monday, May 29th at 6:30 am.  The event started at St. Joseph’s Church on Robinson Avenue. There was a wreath laying ceremony following the church services.

Westport

The town of Westport’s Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 28th at 9 am. 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 28th at 10 am, 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 one on Sunday, May 27th at 2 pm. 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. 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 28th at 11:30 am. 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 participating.

Wilton

The town of Wilton’s Memorial Day parade will begin at 10 am on May 28th at 21 River Road. It will 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 28th at 2 pm. 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 28th at 12 am in front of the St. Patricks Cathedral. The parade will finish at Chelsea Parade Park. 

Mystic

According to the Mystic VFW’s officially letter, the parade will take place on Monday, May 28 at 2 pm. The parade starts on Water, Pearl and Gravel Streets on the Groton side of the Mystic River. There is a Memorial Ceremony at the VFW home post immediately following the parade.

Bozrah

The Town of Bozrah’s Memorial Day Parade is always the Saturday before Memorial Day. This year it will be May 26th. At 11: 45 am, 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 1:30 pm 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, which is May 26th. 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 27, 2018, at 1 pm. It will start at the Ledyard Center School/Fair Grounds and will turn left onto Route 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.

Groton

Parade information TBA

Waterford

Parade information TBA

Pawcatuck

The Westerly Pawcatuck Veteran’s Board will hold its annual celebration of Memorial Day, May 28th, with a parade starting at 9:30 am in Pawcatuck and ending in Wilcox Park in Westerly, RI.

New Haven County

 

Hamden

This year’s date and time are TBD. The 80th annual Memorial Day parade in Hamden was on Monday, May 29th at 10 am last year. The parade began 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.

Southbury 

The Southbury parade will take place at 11:00 am on Monday, May 28th. It will start at the Pomperaug Office Park, continue down Main Street to Memorial Green. The street between Depot Hill Rd. and the Senior Center will be closed.

Meriden

The Meriden Memorial Day parade will begin on Monday, May 28th at 10 am. 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 Sunday, May 27 at 2 pm.  The Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony will be held the same day in front of City Hall at 9:45 am. 

Ansonia

The Memorial Day parade in Ansonia is on Sunday, May 27th. The march will step off on Main Street at 2 pm.

Cheshire

The town of Cheshire’s Memorial Day parade is scheduled for Sunday, May 27th at 1:30 pm. 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 28th, at 9 am beginning on Howe Avenue at the Intersection of Route 8 in Shelton and be 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 Sunday, May 27th. Parade ceremonies will commence promptly at 10:30 am 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 be on Monday, May 28th at 11:30 am. It will feature a procession from the American Legion Post 89 on Thompson Avenue to the East Haven Green.

West Haven

The West Haven Memorial Day parade will be on Monday, May 28th at 10:30 am. The parade steps off on Campbell Avenue, rain or shine.

 

Seymour

This year’s Memorial Day in Seymore will be held on Sunday, May 27 at 11:30 am. A ceremony will be held beforehand at approximately 11 am at the reviewing stand in downtown Seymore. The parade will officially step off at 11:30 am 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). 

Bethany

The Bethany Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 25, 2018, at 9 am and is sponsored by the Bethany Lions Club. After the parade, a brief ceremony will take place at Town Hall.

Wallingford

This year’s Memorial Day Parade will take place Monday, May 28th at 9 am. The parade will begin on North Main Street to North Street turning onto North Elm Street. It will proceed to Christian Street where it turns back onto North Main Street. The parade route will end at the Town hall on South Main Street. 

New Haven

Though New Haven doesn’t have a parade, on Sunday, May 27, residents are invited to attend two traditional wreath-laying ceremonies and the 21st Annual Memorial Day Concert. At 1pm, there will be a wreath laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park on Long Wharf Drive. At 3pm, there will be a second wreath laying ceremony at the World War Memorial Flagpole on the New Haven Green. At 5pm, Orchestra New England will headline a free and family-friendly patriotic concert at the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts (501 Crescent St., New Haven) on the Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) campus.

East Haven

East Havens Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 28th at 11:30 Am. East Haven Memorial Day Parade features a procession from the American Legion Post 89 on Thompson Avenue to the East Haven Green.

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.

Middlesex County

 

Old Saybrook

This year’s date and time are TBD. The Memorial Day parade in Old Saybrook began at Stop & Shop at 10 am following the 9 am wreath-laying ceremony at Saybrook Point last year. The parade continued down Elm and Main Street thereafter. In the event of rain, the parade will be canceled.

Essex

The Essex parade will be held on Saturday, May 26th, at 10:00 am. The parade will step off gate F of the Champlain Valley Exposition and will follow Route 2A to Essex Junction 5 corners. It turns right onto Route 15 and follows Pearl Street and finish up at Exposition gate B.

Haddam

The town of Haddam Memorial Day parade is scheduled for Monday, May 28th at 9:30 am. 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

Deep River will be having their Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 28th at 9:00 am. The parade will step off from Devitt Field, turn right at the intersection of West Elm and Main St. Turn onto High St and then turn left to stop at the flagpole in Fountain Hill Cemetery.

Litchfield County

 

Bridgewater

The parade will begin on Monday, May 28th at 8:20 am at the Bridgewater Volunteer Firehouse and proceed to the town green where the Memorial Day services will take place.

Torrington

This year’s Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday, May 28th promptly at 9:30 am.  All veterans are encouraged to participate!

Kent

 The Memorial Day parade in Kent will be held on Monday, May 29th at 9:30 am of 2017. The parade steps off on Main Street.

Woodbury

Woodbury’s Memorial Day parade will begin on Sunday, May 27th at 1 pm (line up at 1 pm) 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

Watertown

The Watertown Parade will step off the Watertown Plaza parking lot at 10:00 am. It will go down RT. 63 to the Oakville Green

Tolland County

 

Ellington

This year’s date and time are TBD. The Ellington Memorial Day parade began on Monday, May 29th at 9 am of 2017 at Crystal Lake, where Green Street intersects with Rt. 140. The parade proceeded westerly to Crystal Lake Cemetery. At 10:30 am, a program was held at Ellington High School. After, at approximately 11:30 am, the parade proceeded to the Town Green and then to Ellington Cemetery with brief memorial tributes at each location.

Hebron

This year’s Memorial Day Parade will be held on Monday, May 28th at 10:30 am. 

Mansfield

The Mansfield Memorial Day parade will be on Monday, May 28th at 9 am.

Windham County

 

Putnam

The Memorial Day parade in Putnam will begin at 10 am on Monday, May 28th. The march will step off near the monument on Grove Street at 10 am. The parade and services will end around 1 pm.

Ashford

This year’s date and times are TBD. Last year, the town of Ashford’s Memorial Day ceremony began on Monday, May 29th at 10:30 am. The parade began 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 canceled 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 is on Monday, May 28th at 9:30 am . The march steps 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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