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On Memorial Day we take a moment to honor Americans who have fought and died while in service to our country. For many Americans, the main event is attending a parade. Memorial Day is also a time of celebration, as it marks the unofficial start to summer! We’ve picked some of our favorite parades that go over-the-top in celebrating.

Atlantic County

Hammonton
May 27, downtownhammonton.com

Bergen County

Englewood
May 27, 10 am, englewoodnjchamber.com

Ho-Ho-Kus
May 27, 10:30 am, ho-ho-kusboro.com

Mahwah
May 27, 10 am, mahwahtwp.org
A collection of community groups march from Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Island Rd. to Veterans Memorial Park on the corner of Franklin Tpke. and East Ramapo Ave., in time for a Memorial Day Ceremony.

Saddle Brook
Check saddlebrooknj.us for more information

Wood-Ridge
Check njwoodridge.com for more information

Wyckoff
May 27, 11:30 am, wyckoff-nj.com
Starting at the Cornerstone Christian Church, antique military vehicles, civic organizations, marching bands, veteran and military color guards and Veterans of Foreign Wars take a left on Wyckoff Ave., a right on Main St., a right on Franklin Ave. and a left into Scott Plaza, where the procession ends. Don’t forget to hit the Veteran’s Memorial Service before at 10 am.

Essex County

Glen Ridge
May 27, glenridgenj.org
Parade starts at the intersection of Sherman Ave. and Baldwin St. and marches toward Ridgewood Avenue School. Service to follow after parade.

Livingston
May 27, 10 am, livingstonnj.org
This year’s Memorial Day Parade will start at with a ceremonial service at the Oval to commemorate those who have died defending the United States. At 10 am after the ceremony, the parade will start at Memorial Oval and proceed down Livingston Ave. until it ends at Congressional Parkway.

Nutley
May 27, 11 am, nutleynj.org
Nutley is celebrating its 100th Annual Memorial Day Celebration with a host of activities beginning Thursday, May 23.

West Caldwell Parade and Bike Decorating Contest
May 27, 9:30 am, westcaldwell.com

Gloucester County

Glassboro
May 27, 10 am-noon, glassboro.org

Hudson County

Secaucus
May 18, secaucusnj.gov

Hunterdon County

Califon
May 27, 11 am, califonborough-nj.org

Mercer County

Hamilton Twp.
May 27, hamiltonnj.com
Parades in Groveville and Nottingham Way.

Hopewell

May 26, 1 pm, hopewellboro-nj.us
Everyone enjoys an old-fashioned parade with veterans marching, bands playing, flags waving and fire trucks shining. Line up is organized at Taylor Terrace and the marching begins at 1 pm, moving east on Broad Street.

Lawrence Township
May 25, 10 am lawrencetwp.com
Begins at Lawrence High School.

Pennington
May 27, 11 am, penningtonboro.org
Kids Bike Brigade begins 10:15 am at Toll Gate Grammar School. The kids can decorate their bikes, win prizes and ride in the parade.

Princeton
May 25, 10 am, spiritofprinceton.org
Begins on Princeton Ave and Nassau St., ending with a short ceremony at Princeton Monument Hall.

Middlesex County

Edison
May 26, noon, edisonnj.org
The Parade kicks off at Division St. and ends at Post 435 on Oakland Ave.

Metuchen
May 27, 10 am, metuchennj.org

Old Bridge
May 27, 9 am, oldbridge.com
Starts at Laurence Parkway and Ely Ave.

Sayreville
May 27, 10 am, sayreville.com

Monmouth County

Bradley Beach
May 27, 10 am, bradleybeachnj.gov

Colts Neck
May 27, 10:30 am, cnrecparks.com

Fair Haven
May 27, 9 am, fairhavennj.org

Freehold
May 27, 10 am, freeholdmemorialdayparade.com

Highlands
May 25, 11 am, highlandsnj.com

Morris County

Parsippany
May 27, noon, parsippany.net

Rockaway
May 27, 11 am, rockawaytownship.org

Passaic County

Hawthorne
May 27, 1:30 pm, hawthornenj.com

Woodland Park
May 27, 11 am, wpnj.us

Somerset County

Bound Brook
May 27, bbmemorialday.wixsite.com

Union County

Cranford
May 27, 9 am, cranford.com

New Providence
May 27, 10 am, newprov.org
Beginning on Springfield Ave., local municipal departments, organizations and schools march east on Central Ave. to Academy St. where the festivities conclude.

Roselle Park
May 27, 10 am, cranford.com

Scotch Plains-Fanwood
May 27, scotchplainsnj.gov
Concert on May 26 at 6:30 pm on northside lawn of Fanwood train station.

Summit
May 27, cityofsummit.org

Union
May 27, 10 am, uniontownship.com
Come see floats, cars, Clydesdale horses, military units and military vehicles, motorcycles, Denville String Band, Civil War reenactors and many civic and youth organizations as they march for our military.

Warren County

Hackettstown
May 27, 9:45 am, hackettstown.net

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