Looking to get out and about this Memorial Day weekend? Several area venues are hosting events for the whole family to mark the occasion.
From May 23-26, the Harleysville Jaycees are hosting their 45th annual Country Fair Days. The fair days are held at the Harleysville Community Center, 435 Park Drive, Harleysville, and offer patrons amusement rides, food and drinks, games and other entertainment.
Thursday from 6-10 p.m., children can enjoy unlimited amusement rides for $20. On Friday, the fair runs from 6-11 p.m. and a fireworks extravaganza will begin at dusk. A Memorial Day parade starting at Indian Valley Middle School on Maple Avenue will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday and the fair will feature more reduced-price rides from 12 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-11 p.m.
Friday through Sunday, the American Legion Post 184, 744 Gravel Pike, East Greenville, will host their 4th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Flea Market and Bake Sale from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.
On Sunday St. Peter’s Union Church, 7863 St. Peter’s Road, Macungie, will host a free pancake and sausage breakfast for the community and especially veterans, who will receive a small token of recognition and appreciation, from 6-11 a.m. A patriotic worship service will take place at 9 a.m. At the conclusion a brief graveside service will be held by VFW Post 9264.
The 78th Army Band will be performing a free Memorial Day concert in Green Lane Park, 2144 Snyder Road, Green Lane, on May 27 at 1 p.m. at the park’s amphitheater.
On Memorial Day the Upper Perkiomen Valley Veterans Council will hold services at 9 a.m. at the Red Hill Veterans Memorial at Main and Fifth streets in Red Hill. Following the service a parade will begin at 10 a.m., forming at the Pennsburg Fire Company parking lot at 9:30 a.m. The route will be west on 6th Street, right onto Main Street and then north through Pennsburg into East Greenville where the parade will proceed left onto Third Street into the New Goschenhoppen UCC cemetery for a ceremony and honors to the fallen veterans. Music will be provided by the Upper Perkiomen elementary, middle and high school bands as well as the Red Hill Band.
Quakertown’s Memorial Day celebration begins on Monday at 9 a.m. A parade begins at 9th and Park Avenue in the borough and will proceed north on 9th Street to Mill Street, turning east onto Mill Street and going to Memorial Park. A ceremony will be held at the monument at the location and the parade will then continue east on Mill Street to Fourth Street. It will then turn south on Fourth Street, going to Broad Street, and heading east on Broad Street to the American Legion Post 242 at 610 E. Broad Street, Quakertown.
Boyertown’s Memorial Day events begin at 8 a.m. with the Civil Air Patrol performing a flag-raising ceremony at the Spaatz Memorial on Second Street, followed by the Charles B. Yerger Post No. 471 American Legion Post 471 holding ceremonies at Union Cemetary. The parade steps off at 9 a.m. at Boyertown Area Senior High School.
The parade route runs two blocks south on Monroe Street, to East Philadelphia Avenue, then turns right and continues west through town, ending at the monument area of Fairview Cemetery. At approximately 10 a.m., the annual memorial service will begin with an honored guest speaker from the military.
No matter where you go, don’t forget to make it a priority to thank past and present U.S. Armed Forces members for the freedom we enjoy.