NEW JERSEY - Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer along the Jersey Shore. While many Garden State residents will be heading to the beach this Memorial Day weekend, a large number will also commemorate Memorial Day with local parades and ceremonies. Here is a go-to guide to the upcoming Memorial Day parades in New Jersey.

  • Allentown Memorial Day Parade - May 27 at 10:30 a.m. at North Main Street (Route 524)
  • Cranbury Memorial Day Parade - May 27 at 1 p.m. at Station Road and South Main Street
  • Bound Brook Memorial Day Parade - May 27 at 10 a.m. at the Bound Brook Memorial Library
  • Farmingdale Memorial Day Parade - May 27; ceremony at 11:30 a.m. with parade to follow at 1 p.m. in Lutz Park
  • Flemington Memorial Day Parade - May 27 at 10 a.m.
  • Franklin Township Memorial Day Parade - May 27 at noon at New Brunswick Road; parade concludes with a special ceremony at the Municipal Building at 475 DeMott Lane
  • Freehold Memorial Day Parade - May 27 at 10 a.m. in downtown Freehold
  • Highland Park/New Brunswick Memorial Day Parade - May 27 at 11 a.m. at Monument Square at the intersection of Livingston Avenue and George Street
  • Hightstown Memorial Day Parade - May 27 at 9 a.m.
  • Lakewood Memorial Day Parade - May 27 at 10:30 a.m. at the Town Square (heading Clifton Avenue to the All Wars Memorial)
  • Metuchen Memorial Day Parade - May 27 at 10 a.m. at the Brunswick Avenue and Edgar School (parade route heads north)
  • Millstone Memorial Day Parade - May 27 at 10 a.m. at the Clarksburg Post Office
  • Old Bridge Memorial Day Parade - May 27 at 9 a.m. at Laurence Parkway and Ely Avenue
  • Red Bank Memorial Day Parade - May 27 at noon at Irving Place/Arthur Place (route heads toward Veterans' Monument on Monmouth Street)
  • Spotswood Memorial Day Parade - May 27 at 2 p.m. along Main Street
  • Somerville Memorial Day Parade - May 27 at 9 a.m. in downtown Somerville
  • Wildwood Memorial Day Parade and Candlelight Vigil - May 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Wildwood and Atlantic Avenues (route heads south to Andrews Avenue and Ocean Avenue

Memorial Day is a federal holiday, marking the passing of members of the armed forces that died during service. Initially, the holiday was called Decoration Day and began in 1868, following the conclusion on the American Civil War.