On Memorial Day, join one of our Main Street Maine‘s communities as they remember and honor those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parades

Augusta, Maine: 

There are no parade or ceremony held downtown Augusta. There are however a number of events held in the Waterville/Augusta area. For a full list of all events, please refer to this recent article from Central Maine newspaper.

Bath, Maine:

Several groups will perform services at Bath cemeteries Monday morning, mostly at Oak Grove Cemetery. The Sons of the Union Veterans will hold a service at 8 a.m., followed by the Women’s Auxiliary at 8:15 a.m., the Sons of the American Legion at 8:30 a.m. and the American Legion at 8:45 a.m. A wreath will be laid at Waterfront Park at 9:30 a.m.

The parade will begin assembling at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Post 21 headquarters and start at 10:30 a.m. The route continues to Lincoln Street, pausing for a wreath-laying ceremony at a soldier’s monument on Centre Street, and concludes at Library Park.

Belfast, Maine:

Ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. with the laying of a wreath at Frank D. Hazeltine American Legion Post 43, 143 Church St., followed by a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps.”
9:20 a.m. Service at Randall Collins Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3108, 34 Field St., with a wreath-laying, 21-gun salute and “Taps.”
9:45 a.m. Services in Grove Cemetery at the Hazeltine, Randall and Collins memorials with wreaths, 21-gun salutes and “Taps.”
10:30 a.m. Parade forms at Renys Shopping Center parking lot.
11 a.m. Parade steps off and travels from Renys to the Belfast waterfront via Main Street for a final memorial service. (Source: Our Town Belfast)

Biddeford/Saco, Maine:

The communities of Biddeford and Saco are invited to the Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade on Monday, May 27, 2019 to honor those who serve in our community and particularly the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. The day begins with an Opening Ceremony at 9:45 a.m. at Biddeford’s Veterans Memorial Park, on the corner of Alfred and Pool Street. The ceremony will feature guest speaker Sergeant First Class Clifford W. Oliver. SFC Oliver served in the US, Germany, Kuwait and Afghanistan, and he is now the Program Director at the Community Bike Center.

The Master of Ceremony will be Michael Merrill of Volunteers of American, and Grand Marshall will be former Senator, Representative and City Councilor, Linda Valentino. Rev. Shirley Bowen, of Seeds of Hope, will serve as the chaplain for the ceremony. The ceremony will also serve as a dedication ceremony for a restored World War 1 Mortar, by local historian Dana Peck.

Date: Monday, May 27, 2019
Start: Biddeford, Pool/Alfred
End: Burns School, Saco
Line-up Time: 8:30 a.m.
Ceremony Time: 9:45 a.m.
Parade Time: 10 a.m. (or as soon as ceremony ends)
Rain or Shine. But, if severe weather is forecasted, we’d decide this Friday on an indoor location.

Parade Route is as follows:
Opening Ceremony, Veterans Memorial Park at corner of Alfred/Pool, in Biddeford
Right on Alfred Street
Right on Main Street

STOP #1 on the bridge.
Continue to cross bridge into Saco, onto Saco’s Main Street

STOP #2 at Eastman Park
Turn right onto Beach, left onto Middle Street Extension

Immediately following the ceremony, the parade will proceed from Biddeford’s Alfred Street to Main Street then on to Saco’s Main Street. This year’s parade features veterans from the American Legion, and AmVets as well as performances from Thornton Academy and Biddeford High School bands, Saco Middle School and Biddeford Middle School Bands, and local scouting troops and dance troops, among others.

The community is invited to AmVets Post #1 in Biddeford for luncheon following the parade.

The parade is rain or shine. However, if conditions are forecast to be more severe, an indoor location will be announced on Friday, May 24.

Questions about the parade can be directed to Heart of Biddeford, 207-284-8520 or office@heartofbiddeford.org.



At 8:45 AM on Monday, a ceremony will be held at Topsham’s Monument Place. Following that, the parade will move down Main Street toward Brunswick, where another observance will be held.

Gardiner, Maine: 

The Smith-Wiley American Legion Post 4 in Gardiner will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on Monday, May 27. The Gardiner Memorial Day parade will start at 10 a.m. from the Gardiner Armory on Brunswick Avenue. It will proceed down Brunswick Avenue to the Gardiner Common, where a ceremony with speakers and bands will be held. (Source: Gardiner Main Street)


Rockland, Maine:

The City of Rockland will observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, at 10:30 a.m., with a ceremony and parade. Units participating in the parade will assemble at the Rockland Public Landing at 9:30 a.m. The parade will stop at Chapman Park for the Memorial Day Ceremony. Any members of the Armed Service currently serving or Veterans of all wars and conflicts are invited to participate, as well as walkers or bicycles wishing to honor the day, are asked to assemble at 9:30 a.m., at the Rockland Public Landing. After the ceremonies at Chapman Park, the parade will travel down Main Street to the Intersection of Route 1 and Route 17. (Source: Rockland Main Street)

Skowhegan, Maine:

Skowhegan Memorial Day Parade starts at 10 a.m. at Smart & Edward’s Funeral Home parking lot. The parade will then proceed down Madison Avenue, onto Water Street, and ending at the Veteran’s Memorial on Water Street. (Source: Main Street Skowhegan).


Westbrook, Maine:

The lineup for the parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Parade starts at 10 am. The parade route will begin at the intersection of Dyer Street and Madison Avenue (Route 201) and turn left heading south towards downtown Skowhegan.  The parade will then take a left onto Water Street and travel through the downtown ending at Skowhegan Veterans Park.  Additional event parking and float parking is available at the Catholic Church just past the park on Water Street.  Traffic will be stopped for the parade on the corresponding streets during the parade. (Source: Discover Downtown Westbrook)


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