The unofficial beginning of summer kicks off this weekend, but the Memorial Day holiday is more than just parades, partying at backyard cookouts or playing Frisbee on a beach.
It’s about remembering the military men and women who died while serving our country.
Bucks County municipalities will remember our fallen brethren with parades, memorial services and more.
Here's where you can celebrate Memorial Day in Bucks County.
Saturday events in Bucks County
The Penndel-Hulmeville Memorial Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. The parade will march onto Ford Avenue and then turn right onto Main. It will follow Main to Hulme Avenue and Hulme to Bellevue, where it will pause at the memorial for a prayer before continuing to Woodland, then to Hulmeville Road. The parade ends at the Penndel Memorial Ball Field. A reviewing stand will be set up at the end of the parade featuring parade officials and honored guests.
Plumstead Township will conduct its annual Memorial Day Observance at 9 a.m. Saturday, at the Township Veterans Park, 5775 Easton Road. The observance will be led by the Plumstead Township Veterans Committee. During the flag ceremony, the Young Marines and the Doylestown Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol Cadets will first raise the flag and then lower it to half-staff. On Memorial Day, the flag is flown at half-staff until noon when it is then raised back up to full-staff.
The Warrington Township Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Igoe Porter Wellings Memorial Field, 3095 Bradley Road. Three local veterans will be added to the memorial wall: Andrew C. Bracy Jr., United States Air Force, Vietnam; Irina Garmiz, United States Army, Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Bruce W. Jackson, United States Army, Vietnam.
The Tullytown Memorial Day Parade will start at noon Saturday. The parade will begin at Meenan Oil and end at Borough Hall.
Sunday event in Upper Makefield
On Sunday, Washington Crossing Historic Park will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 1 p.m. at the gravesite of Continental soldiers located near the Thompson-Neely House.
The observation will include a colonial color guard, fife and drum music, Revolutionary War reenactors, veterans, and other honored guests. The Daughters of the American Revolution will dedicate a plaque at the original gravesite of 24-year-old Captain-Lt. James Moore, who served in Alexander Hamilton’s New York Artillery Unit before his death Dec. 25, 1776.
After the dedication, American flags will be placed on all of the graves, which mark the final resting places of soldiers who died during the Continental Army's December 1776 encampment in Bucks County. Also in attendance at the ceremony will be representatives of the modern U.S. Army artillery unit that shares its lineage with the New York Artillery Regiment of 1776, the 1st Battalion 5th Field Artillery “Hamilton’s Own.”
Monday events for Memorial Day
On Monday, American Legion Post 317 in Yardley will begin Memorial Day observances at 7 a.m. with rifle salutes at sites throughout the borough and Lower Makefield, including veterans cemeteries, Borough Hall and the Lower Makefield veterans monument. At 9 a.m., the ceremony begins at the the Yardley monument at Afton and Delaware avenues. The The Yardley-Makefield Memorial Day Parade follows at 11 a.m. from the Maplevale section of North Main Street. The parade will then march south on Main Street to the Yardley-Makefield American Legion Hall.
On Monday, Newtown's celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. with an observance at St. Andrew's Cemetery, 81 Swamp Road. The Newtown Memorial Day Parade steps off at 9 a.m. at 660 Newtown-Yardley Road and will stop at the Newtown Cemetery, the World War I Monument, Newtown Borough Hall and at the Legion Hall on Linden Avenue.
The Langhorne Memorial Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. Monday with a ceremony at the Jesse W. Soby American Legion Post 148, 115 W. Richardson Ave. The parade steps off at 10 a.m., and the post will provide hot dogs and drinks to attendees at the end of the ceremony. There will also be a bike contest, with prizes awarded to the best-decorated children's bikes.
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Morrisville's Memorial Day Parade steps off from the Morrisville Presbyterian Church at 9 a.m. Monday. It concludes with a ceremony at the Morrisville Cemetery on South Pennsylvania Avenue. With the assistance of the Morrisville Fire Co., Morrisville Borough and the surrounding community, the celebration includes reenactors, active military, veterans, marching bands, and community organizations.
The Robert W. Bracken American Legion Post 382 in Bristol will start its Memorial Day observance at 9 a.m. Monday at the Bristol Borough Veterans Memorial at the corner of Farragut Avenue and Pond Street. Rounds also include: 9:30 a.m., St. Mark's Cemetery, Radcliffe Street; 10 a.m., St. James Episcopal Church Cemetery, Walnut and Wood streets; 10:30 a.m.: Bristol Cemetery, Route 13.
On Monday, Doylestown Borough's annual Memorial Day Parade — at more than 150 years, it's billed as the country's oldest parade — begins at 10 a.m. After a flag raising at War Memorial Field, the parade leaves Central Bucks West High School, moves east on West Court Street, east on West State Street, north on Main Street, and east on East Court Street to Doylestown Cemetery. The parade ends at the cemetery with a 30-minute memorial service and wreath-laying.
The Quakertown American Legion will commemorate Memorial Day on Monday with a parade starting at 9 a.m. The parade starts at Park Avenue and Main Street, proceeding north on 9th Street to Broad Street, then east until North 4th Street, north to Mill Street, and on to the Memorial Park, where the American Legion will conduct its program at 10 a.m. Following the Memorial Service refreshments will be served
The Joseph A. Schumacher VFW Post 1597 in Croydon will host its Memorial Day Parade starting at 11:30 a.m. Monday. The lineup will begin at Cedar Avenue and State Road, and the parade proceeds along State Road to Croydon VFW Post 1597 on Bellevue Avenue, and will be followed by a memorial ceremony.
This article originally appeared on Bucks County Courier Times: Memorial Day celebrations in Bucks County set for holiday weekend