05/23/2020 - 10:00am to 05/29/2020 - 6:30pm
Honor Veterans on Cape Cod
Memorial Day, honoring our troops and marking the unofficial start of summer, is a classic Cape Cod holiday. To celebrate Memorial Day, the towns on the Cape come to life with ceremonies, family activities, beach barbecues, fireworks, and parades.
Come to the Cape this Memorial Day and wave your American flag high. There are tons of great ways to celebrate Memorial Day Cape Cod.
Cape Cod Memorial Day Activities
Saturday – May 23rd, 2020
Operation Flags for Vets
Visit the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 23rd, there will be a short ceremony at the flagpole, followed by volunteers planting small flags on graves.
Sunday – May 24th, 2020
Massachusetts National Cemetery Memorial Day Program
Return to the Massachusetts National Cemetery at 1 pm on Sunday. Right off Connery Avenue, at the flagpole and memorial path, there will be a keynote speaker, a parade of colors, music, and more.
12th Annual Troops in the Spotlight Event
Experience the largest Memorial Day event in New England. At Kmart Plaza, in Hyannis, this 24-hour event honors veterans, wounded warriors, and Gold and Blue Star families. The opening ceremony begins at 11:30 am on Sunday. The special honor ceremony for Vietnam vets starts at 2 pm. The flag-lowering ceremony and playing of Taps happens at midnight. The closing ceremony is at 11 am on Monday.
Monday – May 25th, 2020
On the official Memorial Day, there are lots of celebrations across the many towns of Cape Cod. Check out this list of options.
Barnstable- Memorial Day Parade
Beginning at 10 AM at the Centerville Library and proceeds down Main Street to Monoment Square with a short ceremony. Then it continues to the Beechwood Cemetary for the main program.
Brewster – Memorial Day Parade
Beginning at noon on Route 6A from Brewster Baptist Church to the Council on Aging
Chatham – Event
The Town of Chatham’s event will be held at the Community Center at 10 AM. Participants this year include the Chatham VFW and American Legion, the Chatham Coast Guard Color Guard, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies.
The Parade starts at 9:30 am, beginning from the corner of Signal Hill Road and 6A and continues on to Dennis Village Green. This year's program includes speakers and music from the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School Band.
Harwich – Ceremony
This ceremony begins at 9:40 am at Brooks Park, in Harwich Center. There’s music by Harwich Town Band and a Pledge of Allegiance by Harwich's Scouts.
Mashpee – Ceremony
This special ceremony begins at 10 am at Mashpee Community Park and Veterans Garden, Main Street and Great Neck Road North.
Sandwich – Memorial Day Parade
The American Legion Post 188 Memorial Day parade forms at 9 am and begins at 10 am at Henry T. Wing School, 33 Water Street. Along the way, participants place wreaths on several veteran memorials. Ceremonies follow in front of Sandwich Library.
Sponsored by American Legion Post 287, the Wellfleet Memorial Day ceremony runs from 8:30 to 10:30 am in front of Town Hall, 300 Main Street.
Yarmouth’s Memorial Day ceremony begins at 11 am at Yarmouth Town Hall front lawn.
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Thanks for checking out our information about Memorial Day on Cape Cod. It's a special time of year to visit our classic towns and honor our troops who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.