BERNARDS TWP., NJ – Each year, the traditional Memorial Day Parade is a community event that is both a festive occasion and a somber reminder of those who have given part of their youth, and sometimes lives, to defend our nation.

Whether in downtown Liberty Corner, or in the northern part of town in Basking Ridge, the parade is filled out with girl and boy scouts and other youth groups, the Ridge High School marching band, and the emergency squads and the Liberty Corner and Basking Ridge Fire Cos. The fire companies take turns each Memorial Day hosting the parade in their respective communities.

Parade to be hosted this year by Basking Ridge Fire Company

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This year, the Bernards Township Memorial Day Parade will return to downtown Basking Ridge, where it is being hosted by the Basking Ridge Fire Company. The parade is scheduled to step off promptly at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 28 at Collyer Lane near the municipal complex.

With residents lining the parade route to cheer them on, marchers will proceed along South Finley Avenue toward the Basking Ridge town center.

The parade always concludes with a laying of wreaths to honor veterans from previous decades _ or those who are now risking their lives. 

The parade in 2015 brought out a large number of people to offer a tribute to a native son U.S. Marine Captain Stanford Henry Shaw III, a 2002 Ridge graduate, who had lost his life in March of that year while taking part in a military training exercise. 

For attendance and other information about the parade, contact Kevin Lavery at or 908.672.9593.  The organizers are looking forward to seeing participants and spectators at the parade.