9 Memorial Day Parades in Rhode Island

Commemorate the lives of Rhode Island's lost service members at a local parade.

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  1. Charlestown

When: May 26 at 1 p.m.

Where: The parade begins in Cross’ Mills at the intersection of Ridgewood Road and Old Post Road and continues to King Tom Drive. The parade concludes with a concert and refreshments at Ninigret Park. For more information, click here.


  1. Exeter

When: May 26 at 2 p.m.

Where: The parade begins along Route 102 from Sunderland Road and ends at Exeter Public Library for a brief ceremony and light refreshments. For more information, click here.


  1. East Greenwich

When: May 27 at 10 a.m.

Where: The parade will step off from Academy Field and wind through the Hill and Harbor district by way of Mawney Street. It will continue over to the World War II memorial on the corner of Cliff Street, then down Main Street to the town hall. Closing ceremonies will include a recitation of the Gettysburg Address by Luke Simms, a student at Our Lady of Mercy. For additional information, click here.


  1. Lincoln

When: May 27 at 11 a.m.

Where: The parade begins at the corner of Higginson and Smithfield aves and then will travel to Walker Street, followed by Chapel Street and Great Road. It will end at Chase Farm. Munch on food truck fare at the post parade food truck celebration. Click here for more information.


  1. North Kingstown

When: May 27 at 9 a.m.

Where: The commemoration of Memorial Day will begin with wreath laying ceremonies at the Civil War Memorial by the town hall on Boston Neck Road (Rte. 1A) and also across the way at Veterans MemorialPark.Then, the parade begins at 10 a.m. on West Main, Brown and Phillips streets travels through Wickford village and then onto Tower Hill Road (Rte. 1) to the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial on the grounds of Elm Grove Cemetery. For additional information, click here.


  1. North Providence

When: May 27 at 1 p.m.

Where: The inaugural North Providence Ahlborg Memorial Day 5-K will take place before the annual North Providence Memorial Day Parade. The kids fun run begins at 11:30 a.m. and the 5-K road race kicks off at noon. Then, the parade begins at North Providence High School’s front lot. Marchers go eastward on Mineral Spring Avenue and turn north onto Douglas Avenue. The parade ends at Governor John A. Notte, Jr. Park with a celebration and wreath laying ceremony. For more information, click here.


  1. Richmond

When: May 27 at 9 a.m.

Where: The parade follows Route 112, from the Carolina Fire Station in Richmond to the intersection of routes 112 and 91 across from Saint Mary’s Church in Charlestown. A ceremony will follow. More information can be found here.


  1. South Kingstown

When: May 27 at 10 a.m.

Where: This year’s parade marks the 150th anniversary of the first parade in South Kingstown honoring the fallen soldiers from the Civil War. It will kick off on Holly Street then turn south onto Main Street through downtown Wakefield and will conclude on High Street at Saugatucket Park. It will feature active and retired military men and women, elected officials, marching bands, community organizations and public safety agencies. Following the parade, a memorial ceremony will be conducted at Saugatucket Park at 11 a.m. The Wakefield Concert Band will perform a patriotic musical selection followed by a brief speaking ceremony and wreath laying. More information can be found here.


  1. Westerly-Pawcatuck

When: May 27 at 9:30 a.m.

Where: The parade starts in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, marches down wets Broad Street and stops on the bridge to honor departed heroes. Then, it turns on to High Street and ends at Wilcox Park in Westerly. A ceremony will follow at the bandstand. For more information, click here. 


Reporting Assistance by Samantha Labrecque and Alyssa Anderson. 

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