Communities throughout Lower Bucks will be hosting a variety of parades, services, and activities for Memorial Day this weekend. Most events begin Monday, May 27, with some exceptions.
For its 23rd year, the Penndel-Hulmeville Memorial Day Parade begins Saturday, May 25 at the intersection of Ford Avenue and Main Street. With the help of American Legion Memorial Post 436, marchers will head north at 9 a.m. toward S Bellevue Avenue.
They will continue north on Bellevue until turning left on Woodland Avenue, then quickly turning left again to head south on Hulmeville Avenue. After a decent journey, the group will close the loop and conclude at the Penndel Memorial Field.
Ed Preston, who helped organize bringing the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Bucks County in 2017, confirmed there will be a special ceremony with refreshments afterward. Several bands will join in the festivities, including the Uptown String Band.
The Falls Township Memorial Day Parade begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. Organized by American Legion Post 834, it marks the township’s 72nd annual parade.
The marching begins on Hood Boulevard near Pennsbury High School and will head east on New Falls Road and wrap up at the American Legion Post. As always, there will be a memorial service at Fallsington United Methodist Church. Hot dogs and refreshments will be available and plentiful.
The American Legion Post 148 is sponsoring and organizing a special parade this year, celebrating its 100th anniversary this Memorial Day.
Vincent Muscato, who also helped coordinate the Traveling Wall in 2017, confirmed this year’s parade will be “bigger than it normally is.”
The lineup indicates Muscato was being modest. More than 60 groups, bands, and special individuals will be making their way through the borough.
The morning begins with an hour long service beginning at 9 a.m. at the Jesse W. Soby Post located at 115. W. Richardson Ave. in Langhorne. A large parade, complete with several string bands, will kick off and roam the streets of Langhorne after the service.
A keynote speaker named Kevin McCloskey will take the stage. McCloskey is an Iraq War veteran who lost both legs fighting overseas.
The Tri-County Band, the Nashville Cats, the Neshaminy High School Band, and several others will also perform for residents.
Instead of a parade, Bristol Borough will be hosting it’s annual Memorial Day Service at Bristol Veterans Memorial Park. The service begins at 9 a.m. on Monday.
The Bensalem parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday on Woodbine Road will stop at VFW Post 9198 for a brief service. Marchers will then head to Pawlowski Park for another service.
Once the parade is done, there will be a celebration at the post until 4 p.m. with Dock 6 performing live music. There will also be food and refreshments and the public is invited.
Marching starts at the MCSO Building on West Emaus Street at 9 a.m. Monday and concludes at the Middletown Cemetary. There will be a ceremony honoring the fallen following the parade.
The local Veterans of Foreign Wars post is inviting the public to lunch at their post as well.
There is one big parade to share between Newtown Borough and Newtown Township Monday from 9 a.m. to noon. The parade will begin at the Newtown Commons West Building on Newtown-Yardley Road, but not before an observance at St. Andrew’s Cemetary beginning at 8:30 a.m.
While Tullytown usually has a parade, this year will be a bit different. The local fire company is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and instead there will only be a Memorial Day service Saturday morning at 9 a.m. People are invited to the memorial at the corner of Main St. and Fallsington Avenue.