I love parades. I will gladly show up for a super small parade and have been known to rally through huge parades too (like the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day parade). There are a few things you should know about me, I will ALWAYS cry when the veterans march by and I will always teach my kids to stand when the flag goes by. There are a ton of options for Western Massachusetts Memorial Day Parades 2016. No matter where in the Pioneer Valley or Western Mass you live, there is one near by.
For our family, it is important to go. Our kids LOVE the candy, but we love that they’re getting a chance to honor and remember those who served our country in the military. As a kid, I loved going to the Memorial Day parade with my grandparents. And I hope my kids take their kids someday too.
This list of Western Massachusetts Memorial Day Parades 2016 is fairly comprehensive but please double check times and locations before you head out. There is a lot of information here and I did my best to capture the ones I knew were happening, but if I’ve missed one please share the info in the comments!
Western Massachusetts Memorial Day Parades 2016
Agawam: 10:00 – Marches down Main Street to Phelps School (phone confirmed).
Amherst: 9:30 – The Parade will assemble at the North Common beginning at 9 a.m. and depart at 9:30 a.m., moving down N. Pleasant St., to E. Pleasant St., turning into the War Memorial Pool Grounds for the ceremony. More Info.
Chicopee: 10:00 – Starts at the American Legion Post 452 and travels down Front Street to Veterans Plaza. More info.
Easthampton: 10:30 – Starts at Easthampton Community Center on Clark Street and proceeds to Emily Williston Memorial Library on Park Street for ceremony at 11 a.m. More Info.
East Longmeadow: 10:50 – Starts at East Longmeadow High School and marches down to the Flag Pole for a formal ceremony (phone confirmed).
Greenfield: 10:00 Starts at the Greenfield Middle School and the route proceeds to the Greenfield Veterans Plaza. More info.
Hampden: 10:00 Starts at St Mary’s Church and marches towards the Memorial Statue. More info.
Holyoke: 9:00 am Starts at the War Memorial to City Hall to Veterans Park (phone confirmed).
Ludlow: 9:00 Starts at Winsor & Worchester St. More Info.
Northampton/Florence: 9:30 The Parade goes up through the center of Florence Down Park Street, circles down Pine Street to North Maple, and back to the center, ending at the cemetery on Park Street. More Info.
South Hadley: 11:00 The parade starts at South Hadley High School and goes to Main St. More Info.
Ware: 1:00 Parade starts on Maple Street at 1 p.m. Ceremony at Veterans Park, Main Street. More Info.
Westfield: 10:00 The parade route will be as follows: beginning at Stanley Park Drive, the marchers will march out of Gate 3 onto Kensington Ave, turn left towards Western Ave, and then right onto Western Ave. The parade will continue down Western Ave onto West Silver St, terminating at Parker Memorial Park, which is across from Westfield South Middle School. Memorial Day Ceremonies will take place in Parker Memorial Park. More Info.
West Springfield: 10:00 am Starts at St. Thomas School and follows along Kings Highway, right onto Elm Street, and left onto Park Ave. Following the parade we will conduct a brief ceremony on the Town Common. More Info.