After a brutal winter, this weekend is probably one of the most anticipated weekends of the year. It’s Memorial Day weekend, finally! The time has come to kick off the summer season, and here are the five best places to celebrate with your family
Where: Parade begins at Kings Highway and Chestnut Street, Haddonfield
When: Monday, May 30, starts at 10 a.m.
Why go: Head up to the parade to honor the men and women who died serving the United States of America in our nation’s military. The parade will include the Mayor Tish Colombi, the Haddonfield Memorial High School Marching Band, the Post 38 Color Guard, and Commissioners Edge Borden and Jeff Kasko. There will be a memorial service held at the War Memorial in front of the school honoring all fallen heroes from America’s nine wars. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony.
Where: Business District of Collingswood along Haddon Avenue
When: Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Why Go: May Fair features the displays of more than 200 artists and crafters, who will sell their treasures to interested buyers. The all-day event also includes live music on five stages. Fair goers will also be able to view an antique and classic auto show and contest. And, it wouldn’t be a Collingswood event without delicious dishes from various restaurants cafes. They will serving traditional fair-like foods such as funnel cake and cotton candy, along with delectable sandwiches and finger-food. Don't forget to look for our sister publication's table. Collingswood Patch will be there with Patch swag for readers.
Cost: Admission free
Where: Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets, Philadelphia, PA
When: Monday, May 30, from noon to 3 p.m.
Why go: Kids of all ages are invited to the historic Franklin Square Park this Memorial Day to enjoy events and games on the lawn to celebrate our nation’s military. While at the “square,” head over to Stephen Starr’s Square Burger and order a Patch-recommended Butterscotch Krimpet milkshake and a famous cheeseburger.
Cost: Admission to the park and Memorial Day events and games are free, but you will have to pay for the milkshake and burger, which are worth every penny.
Where: Memorial Middle School on Mill Street, Medford
When: Monday, May 30, starting at 11 a.m.
Why Go: Expose your family to the importance of honoring our nation’s fallen heroes, while seeing vintage military uniforms and antique military vehicles. There will also be a 21-gun-salute during a flag salute.
Cost: The parade and ceremony are free events.
Event: Annual Memorial Day Parade
Where: Starts on Lehigh Road and heads downtown in Glassboro
When: Monday, May 30, starting at 10 a.m.
Why Go: The parade will showcase our nation’s military representatives while strolling down the road to the sounds of local and professional bands. Mummer brigades will also be present, so get ready to do the Mummer’s strut at this unforgettable parade. Kids are encouraged to participate in the annual bike-decorating contest (children under 12 must be accompanied by parent) and ride their bikes in the parade. There will fun and festivities for the whole family. After the parade there will be a dedication to the local community military members at Memorial Garden on High Street.
Cost: Admission to the parade, bike contest and festivities are free.