Mark your calendar: These are NH’s top Memorial Day parades and events

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By Stacy Milbouer

May 17, 2024

It’s not just a long weekend or the unofficial beginning of summer. It’s Memorial Day and there are plenty of ways Granite Staters can show their gratitude and honor the memories of those who gave their lives for their country. Here are some Memorial Day events and parades to consider:

MERRIMACK VALLEY

Memorial Day Ceremony, Hollis, Monday, May 27, 4:30 – 7 p.m. There will be presentations by the Hollis Daughters of the American Revolution, the Piscataqua Rangers Jr. Fife & Drum Corps, and others.

Concord Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 27, 8:30 – 10 a.m. The parade starts at Christ the King parking lot, 5 Thorndike Street, and ends at City Plaza with a brief ceremony. To check out the whole parade route, visit concordnh.gov.

Windham Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 27. The parade begins at Windham Center School, 2 Lowell Rd., at 9:30 a.m., and heads down Lowell Rd to Cobbetts Pond Rd. to Ministerial Rd. After the parade, there will be ice cream and a ceremony at the Veterans’ Section of the Cemetery on the Plain, 5 Cobbetts Pond Rd, Windham.

Londonderry Memorial Day Parade and Open House, Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m. The parade begins on Robert Lincoln Way and will end with an open house and cookout at the American Legion, 6 Sargent Road. More information: local.aarp.org

Bedford Memorial Day Hometown Parade, Sunday, May 19, 1 p.m. starting at Bedford High School, 478 Nashua Rd. and ending at McKelvie Intermediate School, 108 Liberty Hill Rd. where there will be vendors serving refreshments.

Memorial Day Ceremony, New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery 110 Daniel Webster Highway, Thursday, May 30, 11 a.m. – noon. Plan to arrive by 10:30 a.m. Seating is limited and attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

MONADNOCK

Cathedral of the Pines Memorial Day Service, 10 Hale Rd., Rindge, Thursday, May 30, at 10-11 a.m. There will be a D-Day Normandy Slide Show, with a special dedication by the Rev. Steve Miller of the First Church of Jaffrey Center and Rindge Guard & David Pipitone on the bugle.

Dublin Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, Monday, May 27, 11 a.m. starting at Yankee Publishing, 1121 Main St., proceeding to the Dublin Town Cemetery for a short memorial remembrance, then returning to the village center for closing ceremonies.

New Ipswich Memorial Day Morning and Afternoon Parades, Sunday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m. starting at 19 Goen Rd. and 1 p.m. starting at the New Ipswich Congregational Church to Central Cemetery ending at the Soldiers Monument at 1 p.m. For more information visit the town of New Ipswich website.

Hancock Memorial Day Remembrance, Monday, May 27, 9 a.m., Town Common and Bandstand. Commemorations include wreath laying, prayer, and speakers.

LAKES REGION

Center Harbor Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 27, at noon, starting at Chase Circle. There will be a flag raising and wreath laying at Nicholas Memorial Library, Taps and wreath tossing into Lake Winnipesaukee at the Town Docks, and another ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery.

SEACOAST

Memorial Day Special Fireworks Display, Hampton Beach, Sunday, May 19, at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks are best seen between B and C streets.

Woodman Museum Memorial Day Celebration, Dover, Monday, May 27, 11 a.m., The event will begin at the Civil War Veteran Ceremony Monument in Pine Hill Cemetery for a ceremony honoring all of Dover’s veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country. This year’s service will be specially dedicated to the lives of Capt. Jack Casey and Capt. Ann Darby Reynolds of Dover. The ceremony will include a presentation of colors and addresses by local veterans and the executive director. Click here for more information.

Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony, Monday, May 27, 10 a.m., Memorial Park, Main Street, Durham. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Main Street with special guest speakers, musical tributes, laying of the wreath, and more.

Exeter Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 27 at 10 a.m. beginning with a ceremony at Swasey Parkway. The parade will wind along Front Street to Gale Park where there will be guest speakers and a flag ceremony.

The Fremont Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, Sunday, May 26, 9 a.m.
The parade starts at Sandown Road Bridge with a tribute then winds down Main Street youth marchers at Spaulding Road and ends at Village Cemetery, where the ceremony will take place.

Stratham Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, Monday, May 27, at 1:30 p.m., Stratham Hill Park. Stratham residents, sports, civics, & extra-curricular groups, and antique car owners are invited to participate in the parade.

DARTMOUTH- LAKE SUNAPEE REGION

Lebanon Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 27, 11 a.m., starting on Eldridge Street and ending in Colburn Park with a ceremony.

 

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  • Stacy Milbouer

    Stacy Milbouer is an award-winning journalist and has covered New Hampshire for many publications including the Boston Globe, New Hampshire Magazine, and the Nashua Telegraph.

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