LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although Livingston’s annual Memorial Day ceremony and parade have been canceled this year due to the pandemic, the Township of Livingston reminds residents that all township buildings and facilities, including all fields and courts, remain closed to the public through the holiday weekend and until further notice.

Officials also urged all community members to keep veterans in their hearts and minds on Monday.

"It is unfortunate that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to have our annual Memorial Day ceremony and parade—a 70-year tradition in the town,” said Mayor Rudy Fernandez. “However, this should not stop us from reflecting on what Memorial Day is about: to honor and remember the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while in the military service of their country and to remember the Gold Star Families who have lost family members in the line of duty."

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Gary Marshuetz, Livingston Chief of Police, also recently urged caution during the holiday weekend as Gov. Phil Murphy increased the limit for outdoor gatherings from 10 people to 25 people. He advised that all residents continue to be mindful of the social-distancing requirements that are still in place and to also practice proper safety protocols while participating in outdoor activities such as biking and walking. (CLICK HERE to read the full story.)

“Memorial Day is a day to remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, so even though we are not having the formal services that we are accustomed to, it’s still important to remember those that made that sacrifice,” said Marshuetz. “We hope that people will still pause for a minute this week to discuss it and maybe talk about the reasoning behind it with their children or watch a movie about it or even call up a veteran if they know one and thank them for their service.”

With the exception of the holiday on May 25, during which non-emergency staff will not be available, all departments within the Township of Livingston remain staffed in order to continue providing essential services by phone and Email.

There will be no garbage or recycling collection on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.

Those who typically have garbage collected on Monday will now have their garbage picked up on their next regularly scheduled day: Thursday, May 28.

Recycling collection will move one day later for the rest of the week as follows:

  • Monday’s recycling will instead be picked up on Tuesday, May 26
  • Tuesday’s recycling moves to Wednesday, May 27
  • Wednesday’s recycling moves to Thursday, May 28
  • Thursday’s recycling moves to Friday, May 29
  • Friday’s recycling moves to Saturday, May 30

Although township offices are closed to the public, residents are reminded that many services, forms, applications and payments can be found or made online.

CLICK HERE to read more about specific services being provided to township residents.