SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough will honor its fallen veterans and those who have served in the military Monday with its annual Memorial Day Parade beginning at 9 a.m.
The weather forecast is partly cloudy, with sun and a high of 81 degrees, a perfect day for racers and spectators. Don't forget sun block, a hat, comfortable shoes and water.
The parade precedes the Tour of Somerville bike races. The parade begins in front of the Somerset County Courthouse and includes military veterans, local school bands, organizations, police, fire and emergency groups, plus an assortment of military vehicles. The course follows the race course moving west down High Street, left on Davenport Street, left on Main Street to Bridge Street and turns right to finish with a ceremony at Somerville’s New Cemetery.
Following the parade and ceremonies, the Tour of Somerville opens with a family bike ride between (9:45 and 10:15 a.m. on the historic race course as streets are closed and the families tour downtown Somerville . The ride is open to all local citizens and there is a minimal fee which supports the Somerville Recreation Department. For registration information contact the Somerville Recreation Department.
The historic, Tour of Somerville, the oldest bike race in the U.S. begins it’s 76th year at 10:30 am. Featuring top cyclists from around the world, more than 500 cyclists will compete in a variety of race categories. The morning begins with Junior men and women races followed by a variety of amateur races for seniors and masters. The feature races take place in the afternoon with the professional women and men events. The Mildred Kugler 25-mile race women’s race starts at 3:00 pm and will feature Laura Van Gilder seeking her third straight women’s title. The Kugler-Anderson 50-mile men’s race starts at 4:05 pm with top professional men cyclists.
The race course is along the Borough’s Main and High Streets. A number of streets within the Borough will be closed all day to car traffic. In addition, the two large parking lots in the center of town will be closed.
To help ease traffic congestion and to make parking easy for visitors to the race, the Borough has prepared a map of parking locations that are within walking distance to the race course and readily accessible all day.
The map has been designed to show these locations and the easiest routes to them. (See map that accompanies this story.
The important things to note.
- The streets in RED are the race course
- The streets in YELLOW are closed to cars all day
- The streets with the GREEN arrows show the way to visitor parking, just follow the signs
- The GREEN “P” shows the parking locations
- The “P” with the stripe through it shows the areas that are not available for visitor parking. The larger area is private property and reserved for residential tenants and shoppers using the stores at that location. PLEASE do not park here if you a race spectator.