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Daily Top 10: 10 Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day, a federal holiday, is typical observed on the last Monday of May.

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Memorial Day, a federal holiday, is typical observed on the last Monday of May. Once known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, commemorating the fallen soldiers who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Some choose to visit cemeteries and memorials as a means of remembering and honoring the fallen. Others participate in parades and ceremonies held by most, if not all, of the towns on Long Island. On the lighter side of the day, Memorial Day also marks the beginning of summer, kicking off with weekend long celebrations and, most importantly, barbecues. Though the weekend weather is looking a little spotty, with threats of scattered thunderstorms on Sunday, that shouldn’t stop you from gathering with friends and family to have a good time, indoors or out. Be sure to check out these ten Memorial Day parades and ceremonies before celebrating summers arrival. 

1. Tall Ships Atlantic Coast 2012 Races
Saturday, May 26 – Monday, May 28
Downtown Greenport
2. Farmingdale Memorial Day Parade and Service
Sunday, May 27 at 1:30pm
Long Island National Ceremony – 2040 Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale – (516) 785-9090
3. Memorial Day Wreath Ceremony
Sunday, May 27 at 9:30am
Huntington Town Hall – 100 Main Street, Huntington – (631) 351-3012
4. Live Music to Celebrate Memorial Day w/ Buttered Soul
Monday, May 28 at 2pm-5pm
Martha Clara Vineyards - 6025 Sound Avenue, Riverhead – (631) 298-0075
5. St. James Memorial Day Parade and Service
Monday, May 28 at 10am
The parade starts at Woodland Avenue and Lake Avenue.
6. Rockville Centre Memorial Day Parade and Service
Monday, May 28 at 10am
The parade begins at Maple Avenue.
7. American Flags Display
Monday, May 28 9:30am-4pm
North Shore Heritage Park – Country Road 83 and Route 25A – (631) 509-0882
8. Memorial Day Observation & Wreath Laying Ceremony
Monday, May 28 at 10:45am
Freeport Library - 144 West Merrick Road, Freeport – (516) 379-3274
9. Memorial Day Dedication - The Sound Beach Civic Association will be dedicating bronze plaques to honor 7 men from Sound Beach who were killed in combat
Monday, May 28 at 12pm
Across from the post office on New York Avenue, Sound Beach – (631) 922-3773
10. West Babylon Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
Monday, May 28 at 9:30am
The parade will start at Arnold Avenue and Route 109.