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Memorial Day Ceremonies and Happenings in North Shore Towns.

We've compiled a complete list of Memorial Day ceremonies and parades happening in towns across the North Shore of Massachusetts!  If you're looking for the details of Memorial Day happenings in your town, refer to the list below:


The Trustees of Reservations will host Let’s Go Fly a Kite: A Practically Perfec

The Trustees of Reservations will host Let’s Go Fly a Kite: A Practically Perfect Mary Poppins Party at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate! Activities will include kite making and flying, chalk drawing, lawn games, and more.


The Tidepools at Halibut Point State Park are some of the best in New England!

Halibut Point State Park invites families to join them on a tide pool adventure! Halibut Point contains some of the best tide pools in New England. Join the Interpreter for a trip down to the rocky shore for some inter-tidal exploration. Learn about these interesting creatures living in a unique transitional environment. Meet at the Visitors Center in the park. For all ages. Rain or shine, pouring rain cancels.


Hikin' Kids is designed to acclimate kids to the forest environment!

This program is for pre-K level. This is a basic introduction to the forest and a short hike to acclimate children to the outdoors. Recommend bringing water, insect repellent, sun screen, binoculars and camera.


Find out the story behind the granite at Halibut Point State Park in Rockport!

Halibut Point State Park is also a granite quarry with a history that goes back billions of years! A rock is not a thing but a drama, it can teach us about the great unifying science and the unique geology of Cape Ann. Rocks can tell us a lot about how the landscape was formed and the geology of Cape Ann tells us great stories, all visible at Halibut Point. Meet at the Visitors Center in the park. For all ages. Rain or shine, pouring rain cancels.


Preschool and older kids will express themselves artistically at HW Library!

The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library Art Club is for preschool aged children and older to experience different ways of artistic expression. The sessions are free-form and drop-in. Each date focuses on a different theme:


Kids are encouraged to ride their bikes to raise money for the Pan Mass Challeng

This summer, the Pan-Mass Challenge Pan-Massachusetts Challenge (PMC) Greater Newburyport Kids Ride will be one of many PMC Kids Rides throughout New England and beyond. Come join the fun, camaraderie and inspiration at the  PMC Greater Newburyport Kids Ride as kids ages 3-13 ride the Clipper City Rail Trail or      a tricycle obstacle course at Cashman Park to raise money for Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund.  Many kids, many bikes, one mission…cure cancer! Refreshments, entertainment and fun!


Newburyport Farmers find organic locally grown produce, mea, dairy Newburyport

The Newburyport Farmers Summer Market celebrates local fresh produce every Sunday morning rain or shine!  Start your Sunday browsing fresh North Shore local produce, meats, cheeses, and seafood in an open air market atmosphere! Food and beverage vendors offer fresh hot coffee, breakfast treats and delicious food. Live music every week!


Kids (and adults) can get up close and personal with all kinds of trucks

Is your toddler a Tonka fan? Your fourth grader fond of fire trucks? Bring them to Gloucester’s Touch a Truck event to benefit the Fishtown Horribles Parade and watch their faces light up as they clamber into their toys come to life! The Touch a Truck event will also play host to a chowderfest! Come sample some local interpretations of this New England classic and vote to see who has the best chowder around! All proceeds will go to fund the Annual Fishtown Horribles Parade in July!


Take a guided kayak paddle of Fox Creek with the Trustees of Reservations!

Have you ever wanted to kayak the winding waters that meander through the marsh between the Ipswich River and Essex Bay? Join us at Steep Hill Beach for this late-in-the-day adventure as we paddle Fox Creek, the oldest man-made tidewater canal in the United States! As we wend our way through the marsh, we'll be on the lookout for herons, egrets, and other shore birds -- with luck we'll spot an osprey hunting for its supper! We'll supply the kayaks and lifejackets; please call to learn more.


Parade begins at Hamilton Town Hall, 557 Bay Road, then proceeds to the Soldier's Monument for decoration and song, then  proceeds to Hamilton Cemetery for service, then to the Town Hall for decoration, to the Community House for decoration and raising of the flag, then to the tank at Patton Park for decoration and raising of the flag. Legionnaires, and guests, return to Post 194 for Decoration of Leland
Thompson plaque and Memorial pay Ceremony. Reading of deceased members/veterans. Volley by Post 194 Firing Squad. Taps.


Ipswich's Memorial Day Parade begins on North Main Street and proceeds to the Civil War Monument on Town Hill. Following services at the Civil War Memorial on Town Hill the parade will proceed to the County Street Bridge where a wreath will be dedicated to departed Naval veterans. The parade will then proceed to the Ipswich War Memorial, the South Side Cemetery and end at the VFW Post 1093. Following the ceremony hot dogs, beans and refreshments will be served.

PARTICIPANTS  Local veterans organizations, town and state officials, Ipswich police and fire departments, the Ipswich High School Band, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, The Masons, Lions Club, Rotary Club and other organizations. One or two vintage military vehicles will also be in the parade.


Join the Manchester-Essex Conservation Trust on a hike to the craggy wilds of Cranberry Pond (Greenbelt) and Long Hill Conservation Area with Mike McDonagh. Meet at Dexter Pond (Colburn Road off Forest Street) Manchester, MA

Location: Dexter Pond


Don’t miss the small town charm of a Memorial Day Parade in Essex. The parade begins at 9 am and progresses to the Town Cemetery for a military rifle salute to our country’s war veterans and then up Main Street to the Causeway Bridge. Town officials lead the parade followed by members of the school band and various athletic organizations. Norman Rockwell couldn’t have painted a better picture than our parade coming down Main Street.

Location: Downtown Essex


In Rockport, the Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. from Legion Hall, proceed down Beach Street to Main Street and then to School Street, Pleasant Street and into Beech Grove Cemetery. Memorial services will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars lot in the cemetery.


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