Memorial Day on Martha’s Vineyard offers some traditional events that honor fallen service men and women but also celebrates the beginning of the summer season.
The Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Hall, 34 William street in Vineyard Haven with the route ending at the Oak Grove Cemetery. Flags go up at the Avenue of Flags at the Oak Grove Cemetery at 7:30 a.m., and they will come down at 3 p.m.
Guest speaker at the Avenue of Flags observance will be David Berube, a former lieutenant colonel with the Air National Guard, chaplain at the American Legion and Oak Bluffs police officer. There is a moratorium on flyovers, so no planes are allowed overhead during the ceremony, and all flags will go to half mast at noon.
The festivities continue when the town of Tisbury hosts the annual Memorial Day picnic at the Tashmoo Water Works off Spring street and State Road in Vineyard Haven. This event is open to all from noon to 4 p.m. There will be music by The Flying Elbows, rowboating on the pond, pony rides, games and chalk art. Bring your own picnic; grills are provided. No dogs allowed but llamas are always welcome.