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The Memorial Day Weekend: Ceremonies and Parades, Festivals, and a Duck Race

From somber memorial ceremonies to a rubber duck race, the holiday weekend promises an assortment of local activities.

Officially, Memorial Day is a federal holiday commemorating those who perished in defense of their country, with ceremonies and parades.  Unofficially, Memorial Day Weekend signals the start of the summer season, with pool openings, street fairs, and music festivals.  With all of these things happening this weekend, Patch has highlighted some local events that you will not want to miss.  Read on for all the details, and be sure to check the Patch calendar for even more happenings.

“Rubber Ducky, you’re the one…”  No event celebrates the unofficial start of summer like the annual Rubber Duck Race in Maplewood’s .  For $5 you can sponsor a rubber race duck, and cheer on the featherless competitors as they float to glory.  Free; Monday at 11 a.m.; Maplewood

Maplewood will host a parade in remembrance of those who have fought for our country. Step off at 8:45 a.m. starts on West Parker, turning left onto Maplewood Aveue.  Left again onto Baker Aveue, then left onto Valley Street to Town Hall. Ceremonies will be held in front of at approximately 9:30 a.m.  Free; Monday at 8:45 a.m.; Maplewood

South Orange will honor our country’s military in a ceremony at Memorial Rock (near the Duck Pond) with Master of Ceremonies Ed Matthews.  The public is invited and encouraged to join paying tribute to veterans and those currently serving on the military.  Free; Monday at 10:30 a.m.; South Orange

As part of Livingston’s Youth Appreciation Week, the 3rd Annual Love-In Music Festival will feature 18 bands and Mr. Ray, a popular children’s act. The open-air festival, taking place at Livingston Town Center, will also offer arts and crafts, face painting, open restaurants and retail stores, and lots of kids dancing to the music.  Free; Friday 3 to 10 p.m.; Livingston

Family Festival Day, another component of Livingston’s Youth Appreciation Week, invites the entire community to come out and play. Enjoy pony rides, games, a petting zoo, craft tents, a giant blow-up obstacle course and slides, fire trucks, adopt-a-pet, and a chalk walk, to name a few!  While the event is free of charge, this year organizers are asking the community to donate to the Family Festival Day’s Food Drive as suggested admission and help us STUFF THE BUS WITH FOOD FOR C.H.O.W (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse).  Free; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Livingston

Downtown West Orange is the place to be on Sunday as the 8th Annual Street Fair closes traffic on Main Street between Northfield Avenue and Mt. Pleasant Avenue to throw the party of the year.  With over 100 artists, crafters and vendors, downtown will bustle with food, entertainment, live music and inflatable rides.  Free admission; Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; West Orange

Millburn will commemorate Memorial Day with ceremonies hosted by  at St. Stephen's Cemetery at 9:15 a.m. and St Rose of Lima Cemetery at 9:45 a.m.  A parade is scheduled for 11 a.m., stepping off from the on Chatham Road, marching to Taylor Park for closing ceremonies.  Free; Monday starting at 9:15 a.m.; Millburn

Livingston’s Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at the Memorial Oval, across from Town Hall at 9:30 a.m., with the annual parade following at 10 a.m.  All are encouraged to attend and pay tribute to our veterans and serving military.  Free; Monday at 9:30 a.m.; Livingston

West Orange will honor 345 veterans on the steps of on Monday in a Memorial Day Ceremony.  Residents are encouraged to attend and participate in this moving tribute. Free; Monday at 10 a.m.; West Orange

Millburn Township Pool Opens Saturday

Millburn’s Town Pool at will open for the first time this season on Saturday, May 26th at 11 a.m., and remain open until 7 p.m.  The open will also operate on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and again on Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.   The Pool will be open on weekends only from Memorial Day Weekend through Sunday, June 17th; weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Valid photo membership cards are required for admittance.

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