NORTH READING – The 2024 Memorial Day parade, organized by the North Reading Company of Minit and Militia, will step off from the town common at 11:15 a.m., on Monday, May 27, as the town marks observances to honor the service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

All units that plan to march in the parade must notify the parade organizers and be approved. To seek approval, contact Richard Stratton, Parade Coordinator, by email ( or phone (978-664-6202), prior to Friday, May 17. If you do not make contact, you will not be included in the program.


Please note that this year marks a change in the order of events. The parade will be preceded by the annual Memorial Day observance on the North Reading town common beginning at 10 a.m. The morning services at the cemeteries will remain the same. These services will begin at the Riverside Cemetery on Elm Street at 7 a.m., proceed to Harmony Vale Cemetery on Chestnut Street at 7:45 a.m., then on to Ipswich River Park Blue Star Memorial at 8:15 a.m., and closing with services at the Park Street Cemetery at 8:45 a.m.

The route of the parade remains the same. It will proceed from the common down the Bow Street side, past the Flint Memorial Library, then turn left down Park Street, turning right at Nan’s Cafe, continuing on Park Street East to Mount Vernon Street, then right on to Haverhill Street, where the parade will return by turning right on to Park Street then proceed left on Bow Street, passing the reviewing stand in front of the Flint Memorial Library and then to the common for closing ceremonies.

The public is cordially invited to attend all of the services which honor our veterans.

Refreshments will be served in the Third Meeting House on the Common at the conclusion of all activities for services and parade participants.