5 North Shore Memorial Day Parades

Honor this American holiday with local festivities

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, and the North Shore knows how to celebrate. This solemn American holiday is federally recognized on the last Monday of May, honoring men and women of the military lost or killed in service.



This coming Monday, the Witch City celebrates its 150th year of annual Memorial Day festivities. Look for the 65 newly installed Veterans Squares signs around the City, each providing information and dedicated to a Salem service member killed in action – the Veterans Squares signs can be found on existing street sign posts.

Sunday, May 29
10:30 a.m. – Wreath-laying ceremony (Veterans Section of St. Mary’s Cemetery, North Street)
12:30 p.m. – Naval cannon salute to those lost at sea (Winter Island)
1:00 p.m. – Collation, open to the public (Polish League of American Veterans, Daniels Street)

Monday, May 30
10:30 a.m. – Memorial Day Parade departs from Commercial Street. Free Salem Trolley rides are available for any veteran who would like to participate in the parade, but is unable to march.
11:00 a.m. – Memorial Day Ceremony (Greenlawn Cemetery)
12:30 p.m. – Collation, open to the public (Veterans of Foreign Wars, 95 Derby Street)

For detailed information:



This port city honors its mariner heritage with a wreath throwing ceremony from a coastguard cutter. Following the waterfront march, a wreath will be thrown by the coastguard, in remembrance of coastguard, Navy, and Merchant Mariners who have lost their lives in service.

Monday, May 30
10:15 a.m. – Assembly at the CVS parking lot on Pond Street
10:45 a.m. – Walk to City Hall
11:00 a.m. – Invocation by Major Todd Hughes, Salvation Army
Star Spangled Banner – Newburyport High School Marching Band
Pledge of Allegiance – led by local scouts.
Recitation of Recently Departed Veterans –Mayor Donna Holaday
The Story of Memorial Day – Kevin Hunt
Newburyport High School Marching Band – Armed Forces Medley
Memorial March to the Waterfront

For detailed information: http://www.cityofnewburyport.com/home/news/newburyport%E2%80%99s-memorial-day-events-monday-may-30th-2016



The Beverly parade will feature two operational tanks and half-track vehicles, classic cars, motorbikes, a marching band, WWII reenactors, and a veteran rifle salute. Photos with military tanks and vehicles can be taken at the preceding Sunday’s BBQ fundraiser.

Sunday, May 29
12:00 p.m. – Fundraiser BBQ and photos with military vehicles at the American Legion

Monday, May 30
1:00 p.m. – Parade begins at the American Legion Spear Post

For detailed information:



Gloucester’s parade will pass through the Kent Circle Veterans memorial, and close ceremonies at the Gloucester High School Vietnam Memorial. The parade travels Western Ave, with scenic views of Gloucester’s Western Harbor, and hundreds of flags lining the coastal road.

Monday, May 30
9:00 a.m. – Parade begins at Gloucester High School

For detailed information: http://www.gloucesterma.com/Festivals-Events.cfm?ID=269


North Andover:

The town of North Andover will be recognizing fallen service members including local civil war veterans buried in the town’s Ridgewood Cemetery. Parade services will end in the cemetery, followed by a guest speech from Chief Warrant Officer 4 Gerry Izzo (a Black Hawk pilot in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993).

Monday, May 30
10:00 a.m. – Parade begins on the west side of the Center Common (Osgood & Andover Streets.)

For detailed information: http://www.townofnorthandover.com/Pages/NAndoverMA_News/I0556B7A6


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