Memorial Day parades and ceremonies on Long Island (2024)

Memorial Day, also known as Decoration Day, was first celebrated in the mid-19th century as a way to honor those who died during the Civil War. Since expanded to include all who have died in American wars, it was declared a national holiday in 1971. Communities across Long Island will mark the day with parades, services and other events.



PARADE AND SERVICE. Parade begins 10 a.m. at Frost Lane and Central Avenue, heads to Cedarhurst Memorial Plaza in the Andrew J. Parise Park, where a service will follow, 516-295-5770.


SERVICE. Begins 9 a.m., Commack United Methodist Church, 486 Townline Rd.,, 631-499-7310.

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SERVICE. United Veterans Organization ceremony, 10 a.m. to noon, Veterans Memorial Plaza field 6, Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Tpke., 516-572-6565.


SERVICE. Assembly at 1:30 p.m., service at 2 p.m., Long Island National Cemetery, 2040 Wellwood Ave., 631-454-4949.


PARADE. Marching units will assemble 2:30 p.m. at Legion Square, Greenwich Street and Marvin Avenue, and parade to Greenfield Cemetery., 516-478-6286.


WREATH CEREMONY. Wreaths will be placed at the World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Women’s Military, Afghanistan and Iraqi Fallen Heroes monuments on the front lawn of Huntington Town Hall, 100 Main St., 10 a.m.; the Huntington Men’s Chorus performs, refreshments follow; after the ceremony, proceed to Village Green to place a wreath to honor the Huntington soldiers killed in Vietnam, 631-351-3012.


CITY MANAGER’S 10-MILE RACE TO REMEMBER. Begins at 8 a.m. at the Laurelton Boulevard Boardwalk, $45,, 516-431-3890.


PFC JOSEPH P. DWYER PTSD MEMORIAL 5K RUN. Begins at 12:30 p.m. at Rocky Point High School, 82 Rocky Point Yaphank Rd., $35, strongislandrunning, 631-744-9106, 631-744-8539.


BETHPAGE AIR SHOW AT JONES BEACH. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., free admission, $10 parking, Jones Beach State Park, 2400 Ocean Pkwy., bethpage, 631-321-3510.


CEREMONY AND PARADE. Begins at 11:45 a.m. in Village Cemetery, parade steps off at noon at Cemetery Road along Main Street to Everett Drive, ending at Yaphank Fire Department, 631-924-3200.



CEREMONY.Begins at 10 a.m. at the Village Triangle gazebo at Broadway and Park Avenue, 631-264-6000.


PARADE AND SERVICE. Steps off 9:55 a.m. at Foster Boulevard and Deer Park Avenue and heads to the memorial at Argyle Park Gazebo; service at the gazebo follows the parade; refreshments at American Legion Babylon Post 94, 22 Grove Place, 631-669-0094.


PARADE AND SERVICE. Assemble 9:15 a.m., parade begins at 9:55 a.m. at Grand Avenue across from North Baldwin Post Office and ends at Baldwin Veterans Memorial Plaza at Silver Lake Park, where a ceremony follows, 516-867-9873.


PARADE AND SERVICE. Assemble 11 a.m. at Middle Road and Connetquot Avenue, head east on Middle Road to the Bayport Memorial Park for a ceremony and wreath-laying service hosted by the Bayport Fire Department, 631-472-0641.


PARADE. Ceremony on the steps of Village Hall at School Street at 12:30 p.m., followed at 1 p.m. with a parade that begins at Village Hall, 516-628-1439.


PARADE AND CEREMONY. Begins 11 a.m. at Village Green and ends at Woodland Cemetery, ceremony held by VFW Post 8300, 631-286-0327.


CEREMONY AND PARADE. Ceremony at 10:25 a.m. at John F. Kennedy Middle School, 500 Broadway, parade follows at 10:30 a.m. from the school and travels down Broadway, 516-707-3158.


PARADE. Begins 10 a.m. at Hubal Street and Ocean Avenue, heads to the John Pearl Elementary School for a service at the Veterans Memorial (Church Street and Smithtown Avenue), then to the Bohemia Fire Department for a service and placing of wreaths, 631-589-2555.


PARADE. Service starts at 8:30 a.m. at Brentwood Cemetery, Madison Avenue and Jackson Street, parade follows at 9 a.m. and concludes at Ross Memorial Park, sponsored by American Legion Post 1006, 631-273-4443.


PARADE. Starts 9:30 a.m. at S. Country and Beaver Dam roads, heads east to the Brookhaven Fire Department Memorial Park, where a ceremony follows, sponsored by Brookhaven Fire Department, 631-286-0282.


SERVICE. Starts 1 p.m. at Calverton National Cemetery, 210 Princeton Blvd., 631-727-5410.


PARADE AND CEREMONY. Begins 9 a.m. at Lake Avenue and Main Street, heading east to Mount Pleasant Cemetery for a ceremony, sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Victory Post 414, 631-878-4908.


PARADE. Assembles at 10 a.m. at Centershore and Mill Dam roads, ends at Park Circle, 631-351-3012.


MASS. Service held 9:30 a.m. at Queen of All Saints Cemetery, 115 Wheeler Rd., 631-234-8297.


PARADE AND CEREMONY. Assembles 10 a.m. at Home Depot’s southeast parking lot, heads east on Jericho Turnpike to Veterans Memorial (Cmdr. Fred Amore Cannon Park) at Jericho Turnpike and Veterans Memorial Highway for a wreath-laying ceremony, hosted by Elwood-Commack VFW Post 9263, 631-360-7620.


PARADE. Begins 10 a.m. at Dixon Avenue and ends at the main firehouse, 320 Great Neck Rd., hosted by Copiague Fire Department, 631-464-4685.


MASS. Service held 9:30 a.m. at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, 3442 Route 112, 631-732-3460.


PARADE. Assemble at 9 a.m., begins 10 a.m. at East Meadow High School and ends at Town of Hempstead Veterans Memorial Park,, 516-978-5884.


PARADE. Starts noon from Clay Pitts and Larkfield roads and heads to John Walsh Memorial Park, adjacent to Northport-East Northport Library, 631-351-3296.


PARADE. Begins 9 a.m. at Walnut Avenue and Route 106, sponsored by the East Norwich Volunteer Fire Company, 516-398-3860.


PARADE. Begins 10 a.m. at VFW Post 3350, 164 Main St., ends in front of the East Rockaway Village Hall, 376 Atlantic Ave., 516-887-8170.


PARADE AND SERVICE. Assemble at 9:30 a.m., parade begins 10 a.m. at Sewanhaka High School, ends at Elmont Memorial Library, services follow, sponsored by American Legion Post 1033, 516-351-5057.


PARADE. Steps off 10 a.m. at Northside Elementary School, ends at Village Hall, a ceremony follows, farmingdale, 516-249-0093.


PARADE AND CEREMONY. Parade begins 10 a.m. on Elizabeth Street, heads to Memorial Park for ceremonies at 11 a.m., sponsored by American Legion Post 334, 516-437-1295.


PARADE. Starts 10 a.m. at VFW Post 2718, 68 Lincoln Rd., heads to the gazebo and veterans memorial at the south end of Rath Park, sponsored by VFW Post 2718, 516-354-9393.


PARADE AND CEREMONY. Assemble at Freeport High School, begins 10 a.m. at South Brookside Avenue, ending at Freeport Memorial Library with a wreath-laying ceremony, hosted by American Legion Post 342.


PARADE. Begins 10 a.m., heads down Franklin Avenue and ends at the monuments by the Garden City Public Library, 60 Seventh St., 516-465-4051.


PARADE AND CEREMONY. Assembles 9:15 a.m. at Middle Neck Road and Schenck Avenue, parade begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at Village Green Park, where a ceremony follows.


PARADE. Assembles 9 a.m. at East Maple Road and Broadway, ends at Memorial Park, Broadway and Pulaski Road, hosted by Greenlawn Fire Department.


SERVICE. Memorial service at 10:30 a.m. honoring fallen firefighters, servicemen and women, Halesite Fire Department, 1 New York Ave.


PARADE AND CEREMONY. Assembles 8 a.m. in parking lot east of Hicksville Fire Department One on E. Marie Street, parade begins 9 a.m., ending at Hicksville Middle School, a ceremony follows, hosted by United Veterans Organization of Hicksville, 516-287-3569.


PARADE. Kicks off at noon at the parking lot across from the Huntington Post Office on Gerard Street, end on Stewart Avenue.


PARADE. Begins 9 a.m. at R.J.O. Intermediate School, Old Dock Road and Church Street, ends at Veterans Plaza for flag ceremony, sponsored by American Legion Post 944, 631-269-4140.


PARADE AND SERVICE. Begins 10 a.m. at American Legion Post 155, Church Street, heads to Raynor Beach County Park for a service at 11 a.m., sponsored by the AMVETS, VFW, American Legion Post 155, 631-588-1401.


PARADE. Begins 10 a.m. at Island Trees Middle School on Wantagh Avenue, to the Levittown Library, sponsored by American Legion Post 1711, 516-731-9114.


PARADE. Begins 10 a.m. at Breslau Cemetery, heads to the monument at Fireman’s Park for a ceremony with the Lindenhurst Fire Department at 11 a.m., then proceeds to Village Hall, 430 S. Wellwood Ave., for a ceremony at noon, 631-957-7500.


PARADE. Kicks off 2 p.m. in Great Neck on Northern Boulevard in front of the Manhasset-Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department Company 4 Firehouse, 718-279-3200,


PARADE AND SERVICE. Parade begins at 10 a.m. along Plandome Road, from Plandome Court to Memorial Place, a memorial service takes place at Mary Jane Davies Park on Plandome Road after the parade.


PARADE AND SERVICE. Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Broadway and Commonwealth Avenue in Massapequa, ends at Brady Park on Lake Shore Drive, hosted by American Legion Post 1066 and the Sgt. Peter F. Colleran Post 7763, 516-798-0244.


PARADE. Begins 9:30 a.m. at the lighthouse on Neighborhood Road and proceeds down Mastic Road, sponsored by American Legion Post 1533, 631-395-1981.


SERVICE. Memorial service at 10 a.m. honoring fallen firefighters, servicemen and women, at Melville Fire Department, 531 Sweet Hollow Rd., 631-423-2635.


PARADE AND CEREMONY. Assemble at 8:45 a.m., parade starts at 9:30 a.m., Veterans (Broadcast) Plaza, between Merrick and Brooklyn avenues, to the veterans monument at Lee Avenue for a ceremony at 10:45 a.m., 516-521-6989,


PARADE AND SERVICE. Parade begins 11 a.m. at Union Street and Westbury Avenue, ends at Mineola Memorial Park, 516-747-5860.


PARADE. Begins 10 a.m. at the north end of Laurel Avenue, ends at Northport Harbor Village Park, hosted by Northport American Legion Post 694.


PARADE AND SERVICE. Assemble 9:30 a.m., parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on South Street, breaks for waterside services then proceeds to Town Hall West for a ceremony at the gazebo, 347-661-3548.


SERVICE. Service at 9 a.m. at Steven J. Crowley Memorial Park on Old Town Road. A second service will be held at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, across from Village Hall, Port Jefferson Harbor, 631-473-9774.


PARADE AND CEREMONY. Parade begins 10 a.m. on Campus Drive, ends at Sousa Bandshell in Sunset Park for a service, sponsored by American Legion Post 509 and VFW Post 1819, 516-860-6991.


CEREMONY. Begins at 11 a.m. at VFW Post Rocky Point, 109 King Rd., 631-873-8272.


PARADE AND CEREMONY. Begins 10 a.m., field 2, North Centre and North Village avenues, ends at Rockville Centre Recreation Center, memorial service to follow, sponsored by the American Legion Post 303, 516-678-9212.


PARADE AND SERVICE. Steps off from Handsome Avenue and Main Street at 9 a.m., a service follows parade in Sparrow Park and concludes with a memorial service at the Sayville Fire Department, 107 N. Main St., 631-589-0189.


PARADE. Begins 9:30 a.m. on Merrick Road, proceeds north on Washington Avenue endingat the Four Chaplains Monument in front of the Seaford Middle School where a memorial service follows.


PARADE AND CEREMONY. Begins at noon at Main Street and Singer Lane, ends at Town Hall, ceremony follows, hosted by Smithtown Fire Department, 631-360-7620.


SERVICE. Sound Beach Civic Association sponsors a memorial service at noon at Sound Beach Veterans Memorial Park, New York Avenue, 631-922-3773.


PARADE AND SERVICE. Begins 10:45 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 2 S. Main St., then heads to Agawam Park for a memorial service at 11 a.m., 631-283-0247.


PARADE AND CEREMONY. Assemble at 9 a.m., steps off at 10 a.m. at Woodlawn and Lake avenues, and proceeds to St. James Elementary School for a ceremony, sponsored by VFW Post 395.


PARADE AND CEREMONY. Begins 10 a.m. on Dawes Avenue to Memorial Park, Underhill Boulevard and Jackson Avenue, where a brief ceremony takes place. An unveiling of a wall mural made by local middle school students follows at the VFW Post, 20 Queens St.


PARADE AND CEREMONY. Assembles 9:30 a.m. on Beltagh Avenue by Wantagh Middle School, parade begins at 10 a.m. and ends at American Legion Post 1273, 3484 Park Ave., where a ceremony follows, 917-681-4050.


PARADE AND SERVICE. Assembles at Arnold Avenue and Route 109 at 9 a.m., parade begins at 10 a.m. and proceeds to American Legion Post 1634, 10 Bruce St., for a service, 631-669-3931.


PARADE AND CEREMONY. Begins 10 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Chapel, Hempstead Avenue and Nassau Boulevard, and heads to the American Legion, 233 Woodlawn Rd.


MASS. Service held at Holy Rood Cemetery, 111 Old Country Rd., at 9:30 a.m., 516-334-7990.


SERVICE AND PARADE. Service starts at 9 a.m. at American Legion Post 144, 730 Willis Ave., parade follows from Broad Street and ending at Village Hall hosted by American Legion Post 144, 516-746-1958.

Compiled by Gina Tabarus with Diane Daniels, Sabrina Monroe, LaToya Rodriguez and Daniel Variano

Memorial Day parades and ceremonies on Long Island (1)

By Gina Tabarus

Memorial Day parades and ceremonies on Long Island (2024)


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