Great Neck’s Memorial Day Parade returns May 30

Great Neck’s Memorial Day Parade returns May 30
Veterans marched down Middle Neck Road as part of Great Neck's 95th Annual Memorial Day Parade. (Photo by Janelle Clausen)

Following a two-year delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Great Neck’s 96th Memorial Day Parade will take place on May 30, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The parade, organized by the The American Legion Post 160, will begin on Susquehanna Avenue, south of the train station and will continue north on Middle Neck Road to the Village Green. Louise McCann, post commanbder and chairperson of the Great Neck Memorial Day Parade Committee, said a remembrance service and ceremony will be held at the Village Green.

Following the ceremonies, she said, the veteran and local fire companies will continue the march to All Saints Church.

The Town of North Hempstead’s Memorial Day Commemoration and Fireworks Extravaganza will take place on May 28 at North Hempstead Beach Park.

Officials said the annual event will start at 6:30 p.m. on May 28 and will feature a performance from BonJourney, a BonJovi and Journey tribute band, a fireworks display by Santore Fireworks and an opening ceremony featuring the Vietnam Veterans of America Nassau County Chapter. Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jennifer DeSena said the town is pleased to have an in-person event this year following the coronavirus pandemic’s hardships.

“Memorial Day serves as an opportunity to honor the members of our Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms,” DeSena said. “I urge all who attend to take the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by these brave men and women for our country.”

DeSena said the town will also offer free parking for veterans and active-duty military on the night of the event as a token of the town’s appreciation for their service for America. The free parking passes for the active military members and veterans will be issued at the North Hempstead “Yes We Can” Community Center, Michael J. Tully Park, Clinton G. Martin PArk and the Office of the Town Clerk.

Those who qualify for the passes are required to show their government-issued VA card or active military ID. Overflow parking will be available for free with shuttle bus transportation once the Beach Park lot is full.

Non-military or veteran cars who wish to park will be charged $10, though the rest of the event is. The gates will open at 3:30 p.m. and the rain date for the event will be May 29.

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