2024 Memorial Day Events, Ceremonies, and Parades

Nick Polutchko
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While everyone loves a long weekend, Memorial Day is a time to honor and mourn military personnel who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It started in 1868, shortly after the Civil War, when it was formalized by a "Memorial Day Order" issued by Grand Army of the Republic Commander-in-Chief John A. Logan to commemorate the sacrifices of those soldiers. Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971. While cook-outs and parties are common this weekend, on Monday, the cities and towns across South Florida will remember those who gave their last full measure of devotion through events, gatherings, ceremonies, or parades. Here are some free local events to attend. 

2024 memorial day events, ceremonies, and aprades

Jupiter

Starting at 9:00 am at the Veteran's Memorial – Town Municipal Complex, 210 Military Trail, Jupiter, FL 33458 

  • Keynote Speaker: Congressman Brian Mast
  • Emcee: Ashley Glass from WPTV News Channel 5
  • Music: Jupiter High School Choir
  • Unveiling of the second installment of the Veterans Memorial bricks
  • Presentation of Colors: Jupiter Police Honor Guard.

https://www.jupiter.fl.us/1836/Veterans-Memorial?mc_cid=f4a39a5614&mc_eid=f7cadfafe0

Stuart

From 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at 300 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart, FL 34994
The Parade begins at SE Amerigo Ave on East Ocean Blvd and ends at Memorial Park.
The ceremony at Memorial Park starts at 11 am.

https://www.martinarts.org/resources/cultural_calendar.html/event/2024/05/27/city-of-stuart-annual-memorial-day-parade-and-ceremony/483483 

Palm Beach Gardens

Starting at 9 am at Veterans Plaza Amphitheater, 10500 North Military Trail
The Palm Beach Gardens event will include the Presentation of Colors, a wreath-laying ceremony, and music by the Palm Beach Gardens High School Wind Ensemble.
If weather is an issue, the event will move to the Council Chambers, 10500 North Military Trail.
https://www.pbgfl.com/774/Memorial-Day-Ceremony 

Royal Palm Beach

Starting at 9 am at the Veterans Park Amphitheater, 1036 Royal Palm Beach Blvd
The event includes guest speakers, the laying of a wreath to honor the men and women who died serving our country, a 21-gun salute, a battle cross presentation, and a fallen soldiers tribute.
https://www.royalpalmbeachfl.gov/parksrec/page/memorial-day-ceremony-1

South Florida National Cemetery

Starting at 10 am at 6501 State Road 7, Lake Worth
Held at the new Assembly Area, the ceremony will have color guards and a cannon salute.
Volunteers are setting up flags at 8:30 am. 
https://www.cem.va.gov/Memorial-Day/

Wellington

Starting at 8:15 am, with the parade beginning at 8:30 am 
The ceremony will be at the Veterans Memorial at 11848 Forest Hill Blvd
The town of Wellington and the American Legion Post 390 will honor those who have died for our country with a Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony.
https://www.wellingtonfl.gov/662/Memorial-Day

Boca Raton

Starting at 9 am at 451 SW 4th Ave, Boca Raton
Ceremony
Featured speakers:

  • Bob Slone, Veteran Air Force Sergeant, Commander American Legion Post 277
  • Johnathan Oakley, Retired US Marine, Senior Director of Mission United
  • Sally Nemes, Regent Estahakee Chapter NSDAR
  • Cary Reichbach, Veteran US Army, Founder Grey Team

Concert
There will be a free concert at the Mizner Park Amphitheater from 7-9 pm featuring The American Sirens. Enjoy an evening of patriotic and American classics. 

  • Chairs and blankets are welcome.
  • $5 chair rental. FREE for active military, veterans, and Gold Star families.
  • Refreshments will also be available for purchase.
  • No coolers or outside alcoholic beverages are permitted. 
  • The event is rain or shine. 

https://www.myboca.us/1470/Memorial-Day

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