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.

SUNDAY, MAY 26

CEDARHURST-LAWRENCE

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.

COMMACK

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

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EAST MEADOW

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

FARMINGDALE

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

HEMPSTEAD

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

HUNTINGTON

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.

LONG BEACH

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

ROCKY POINT

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 club.com, 631-744-9106, 631-744-8539.

WANTAGH

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 airshow.com, 631-321-3510.

YAPHANK

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.

MONDAY, MAY 27

AMITYVILLE

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

BABYLON VILLAGE

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.

BALDWIN

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.

BAYPORT

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.

BAYVILLE

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.

BELLPORT

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

BETHPAGE

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.

BOHEMIA

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.

BRENTWOOD

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.

BROOKHAVEN

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.

CALVERTON

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

CENTER MORICHES

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.

CENTERPORT

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

CENTRAL ISLIP

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

COMMACK/ELWOOD

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.

COPIAGUE

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.

CORAM

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

EAST MEADOW

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

EAST NORTHPORT

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.

EAST NORWICH

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

EAST ROCKAWAY

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.

ELMONT

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.

FARMINGDALE

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

FLORAL PARK

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.

FRANKLIN SQUARE

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.

FREEPORT

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.

GARDEN CITY

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.

GREAT NECK

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.

GREENLAWN

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

HALESITE

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

HICKSVILLE

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.

HUNTINGTON

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

KINGS PARK

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.

LAKE RONKONKOMA

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.

LEVITTOWN

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.

LINDENHURST

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.

LITTLE NECK/DOUGLASTON

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, lndmemorialday.org.

MANHASSET

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.

MASSAPEQUA PARK

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.

MASTIC BEACH

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.

MELVILLE

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

MERRICK

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, merrickpost1282.org.

MINEOLA

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

NORTHPORT

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.

OYSTER BAY

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.

PORT JEFFERSON

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.

PORT WASHINGTON

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.

ROCKY POINT

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

ROCKVILLE CENTRE

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.

SAYVILLE

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.

SEAFORD

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.

SMITHTOWN

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.

SOUND BEACH

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

SOUTHAMPTON

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.

ST. JAMES

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.

SYOSSET

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.

WANTAGH

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.

WEST BABYLON

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.

WEST HEMPSTEAD

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.

WESTBURY

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

WILLISTON PARK

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

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Memorial Day parades and ceremonies on Long Island (2024)

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