Memorial Day is a federal holiday that commemorates the loss of those who died fighting in the armed forces. Every year, it appears at the same time, the last Monday of the month of May which many government facilities and school closed for the holiday.
Interestingly, memorial day was developed from a tradition that was created after the Civil War where friends and families would decorate the graves of those who died. Memorial Day has now evolved and is celebrated with ceremonies and parades.
Having a Memorial Day parade is very common way that we celebrate those who we have lost. Many towns have ceremonies and event taking place on the island. At the parades, those who were lost in previous wars with flags and images, as well as veterans would walk help in the celebration of those who have lost their lives to keep our country safe. Be sure to check out a parade and commemorate those who have fought and died for our country.
- Memorial Day Parade & Service - Centereach
- Farmingdale Memorial Day Parade & Service
- Yaphank Memorial Day Parade
- Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade - Greenwich
- Bay Shore Memorial Day Parade
- Medford Memorial Day Parade
- 4th Annual Montauk Memorial Weekend Parade
- Kings Park Memorial Day Parade
- Southampton Memorial Day Parade
- West Babylon Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
- Montauk Memorial Day Parade
- Copiague Memorial Day Parade
- Memorial Day Services and Parade
- Parade of American Flags and Guided Tours - Mt. Sinai
- Wantagh Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
- Baldwin Memorial Day Parade
- Levittown Memorial Day Parade
- Merrick’s Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony 2014
On top of taking your family to the parade, you will need to keep your kids busy over the extended weekend. When the kids are done with their homework, be sure they check out one of the various events that are going on on the island.
- Memorial Day Weekend Airshow Cruise - Freeport - May 24th and 25th
- Memorial Day Weekend Bug Lighthouse Excursion - Greenport - May 24th and 25th
- 2014 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach - Wantagh - May 24th and 25th
- LEGO Club at CMEE - Children's Museum of the East End - Bridgehampton - May 25th
- Comsewogue For Students Foundation Carnival - Port Jefferson Station - May 23rd to 26th
- Huntington YMCA Memorial Day Weekend Carnival - May 22nd to May 26
- After School Dish for Children - Lakeview Library - Rockville Centre - May 23rd
- Bounce! Trampoline Sports Introduces Teen Bounce Club - Syosset - May 23rd
- Sound Showers - Long Island Children's Museum - Garden City - Through May 31st
- Bethpage Federal Credit Union lobal Explorer Family Backpacks - Hofstra University - Hempstead
How are you celebrating Memorial Day? Tell us in the comments below!