With Memorial Day as the unofficial kick-off to summer, many will head to beaches and parks, grill on the backyard barbecues and shop til they drop. But Memorial Day -- coming up on Monday, May 27 -- is foremost a day about honoring those who have served our country as well as those serving today.
There are plenty of opportunities to pay tribute at Memorial Day celebrations, parades, and ceremonies throughout Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley, listed here by date and location.
Monday, May 27
9 a.m., Tarrytown Memorial Day Parade: The parade starts at Main Street, travels down Broadway and concludes at Patriots Park. A memorial ceremony will take place after the parade. Info: 914-631-1885, www.tarrytowngov.com
9 a.m., Yonkers Memorial Day Ceremony: City officials, veterans, and citizens will gather in front of City Hall at the Veterans Memorial (40 South Broadway) for a short program. Info: 914-377-6700, www.yonkersny.org
10 a.m., Scarsdale Memorial Day Parade: A small procession and ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. and includes a march around the Village Center, placement of a wreath at the War Memorial in Boniface Circle and a short ceremony in Chase Park. Another ceremony will follow at Memorial Gardens (Mamaroneck Road). Info: 914-722-1160
10 a.m., Harrison Memorial Day Parade: The parade will begin at Thatcher and Halstead Avenues and go to Riis Park (corner of Harrison Avenue and Heineman Place). Dr. Fred Pasqua, who has been directing the parade music for over 23 years, will be honored. Info: 914-527-0803
10 a.m., Pleasantville Memorial Day Parade: The parade begins at Bedford Road School (289 Bedford Rd.) and continues to Memorial Plaza where ceremonies will be held at the World War II monument. Info: 914-769-7950
10 a.m., South Salem Memorial Day Race and Country Fair: Races start at the South Salem Library (there's a 10k, 5k, 2.7-mile walk, and peewee race) as well as an old-fashioned country fair. The fair will be on the lawn at South Salem Presbyterian Church (Main and Spring Streets) and includes an arts and crafts sale, children's games, silent auction and bake sale. Info: 914-763-9282, www.southsalempc.org.
10 a.m., White Plains Memorial Day Parade: The parade starts at the White Plains Public Library on Martine Avenue and ends at the White Plains Rural Cemetery on North Broadway. A ceremony will be held at the Soldiers and Sailors monument following the parade. Info: 914-422-1336, www.cityofwhiteplains.com
10:30 a.m., Elmsford Memorial Day Parade: The parade begins at Legion Park (Main Street) followed by services at the Village Hall (15 South Stone Ave.). Refreshments will follow. In case of rain, the parade will be cancelled and services held at 11 a.m. Info: 914-592-6555.
11 a.m., Yorktown Memorial Day Parade: The parade starts at Town Hall (363 Underhill Ave.) and ends at the town gazebo on Veterans Road, where there will be speeches and a ceremony. Info: 914-245-4650, www.yorktownny.org
12:15 a.m., South Salem Memorial Day Parade: The parade starts up on Main Street and goes to the Town House. Services will be held at the Town House (11 Main St.) following the parade. Info: www.lewisborogov.com
Wednesday, May 29
8 a.m., Calverton National Cemetery Bus Trip: The George T. Davis Funeral Home in New Rochelle (14 Lecount Pl.?) invites everyone for a free bus trip to Calverton National Cemetery in Riverhead, Long Island. Before the bus departs at 8 a.m., a light breakfrast will be served. A formal ceremony will be conducted at the cemetery. A box lunch will be provided and the bus will return around 4 p.m. Info: 914-632-0324, www.dignitymemorial.com/george-t-davis-funeral-home
Thursday, May 30
7 p.m., Mamaroneck Memorial Day Parade: Lineup for the parade starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Mamaroneck Avenue School, and the parade begins at the school at 7 p.m., ending at the American Legion at Mount Pleasant, where a memorial ceremony will take place. Info: 914-777-7722, www.village.mamaroneck.ny.us
Monday, May 27
9:30 a.m., Stony Point Memorial Day Parade: The parade begins on Teneyck Street to Route 9W to Smith Street to Hudson Avenue and ends on East Main Street. Refreshments will be served. Info: 845-786-2716, www.townofstonypoint.org.
10 a.m., New City Memorial Day Parade: Sponsored by the New City American Legion, the parade begins at Cavalry Drive at North Main Street and ends at the Rockland County Courthouse. Info: 845-634-9898
11 a.m., Suffern Memorial Day Parade: The parade starts at the intersection of Orange and Lafayette Avenues, and will proceed on Lafayette Avenue to the Soldier's Monument, where a memorial ceremony will be held. Info: 845-357-4353, www.suffernvillage.com
11 a.m., Nyack Memorial Day Parade and Community Picnic: Lineup will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Artopee Wa, behind the former Helen Hayes Theater. The parade will go through downtown Nyack and end with a closing ceremony at Memorial Park (Piermont Avenue). At noon there will be free activities including a picnic, live music and children's activities. Info: 845-358-6091
Monday, May 27
9 a.m., Cold Spring Memorial Day Parade: The parade starts at the Municipal Building on Main Street, stops at all the monuments in the village and ends at the Cold Spring Cemetery. Info: 845-265-2506.
9:15 a.m., Rhinebeck Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: Ceremonies begin with the American Legion Firing Squad saluting the honored dead, followed by a flag-raising ceremony. The parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. from the corner of Mulberry Street and Platt Avenue. The parade will make multiple stops for flag raisings and wreath-laying ceremonies at sites like the post office and Civil War monument. The parade will then proceed north on Mill Street for flag-raising ceremonies at Legion Park. Refreshments will be provided following the parade. Info: 914-474-6161, www.enjoyrhinebeck.com.
10 a.m., Newburgh Memorial Day Parade: The parade starts at the intersection of West and Third Streets, goes down Broadway and ends at Washington's Headquarters. After the parade, there will be Memorial Day services at Washington's Headquarters, starting at about 11:45 a.m. Info: 845-565-5429, www.cityofnewburgh-ny.gov
10 a.m., Hyde Park Memorial Day Parade: Lineup begins at 9 a.m. at Roosevelt Cinemas on Route 9. The procession will go from Route 9 north, left on Main Street to the intersection of Park Place. The American Legion will hold services after the parade at Town Hall and there will also be a ceremony at the FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt gravesites. Info: 845-229-8086, www.hydeparkny.us
11 a.m., East Fishkill Memorial Day Parade: The parade will start at that East Fishkill Community Center and end at the memorial at the intersection of Route 82 and Beeckman Road. Info: www.eastfishkillny.org
1 p.m., Kingston Memorial Day Parade: Memorial Day services will be held at City Hall beginning at 1 p.m., with the parade starting at 1:45 p.m. The speaker for the memorial service will be Congressman Chris Gibson. Info: 845-339-1486