Make Your Memorial Day Morris County

Memorial Day is Monday, May 30, 2022

Great Ways to Celebrate and Make Your Memorial Day Weekend Morris!

About Memorial Day

This year Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 30th, a day for families and friends to gather and celebrate the unofficial start of summer.  Many people will visit cemeteries and memorials to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the United States military and will place an American flag on their graves.

Memorial Day was first celebrated in 1868 when General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic called for a “Decoration Day.”  Until 1970, the holiday was always observed on May 30th. In 1971, Memorial Day was standardized on the last Monday of May along with the new name.

With inflation, rising gas prices, and continuing issues stemming from the pandemic, many leisure travelers will choose to stay close to home for the long Memorial Day weekend. What a perfect time for a Morris County visit or staycation.

Here’s our guide to top activities planned around Memorial Day so you can make your weekend Morris County!

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Morris County Memorial Day Observance

Wednesday, May 25 at 12 p.m.

On Wednesday, May 25th at noon, the Morris County Commissioners will host a service on the Courthouse lawn to honor Morris County Veterans. Free.

Get More Information Here

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Take a Hike at Morristown National Historical Park

Thursday, May 26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Take a hike! Morristown National Historical Park, part of the National Park Service, is open for visitors Thursday to Sunday inside their buildings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park welcomes hikers seven days of the week outdoors at their Jockey Hollow location from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Learn all about Morristown’s Revolutionary past!

Plan Your Visit Today

Friday, May 27, 2022

Troubadour Acoustic Concert Series presents Magpie with Spook Handy

Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m.

The Troubador Concerts are back at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship. Enjoy a folk concert with Magpie and Spook Handy beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Reserve Your Tickets Here

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Memorial Day Weekend Opening at Sunrise Lake

Saturday, May 28 at 10:30 a.m.

No plans to go down the shore? How about a dip in Sunrise Lake at Lewis Morris Park? The lake will be open on May 28th through Labor Day.

Get More Information About Sunrise Lake and Lewis Morris Park

Memorial Day Parade in Morris Plains

Saturday, May 28 at 9 a.m.

Come out to Morris Plains for an old-fashioned Memorial Day parade with bands, local heroes, and organizations. The parade steps off at 9:30 a.m. at Robert’s Garden and weaves down Speedwell Avenue. This is just one of many Morris County municipalities that will be holding parades over Memorial Day. Check your town’s calendar of events for more local celebrations and parades.

Learn More About the Morris Plains Memorial Day Parade Here

Memorial Day Weekend Cruise on Lake Hopatcong

Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m.

It’s the kick-off to the summer season at Lake Hopatcong. Take a cruise on New Jersey’s largest lake, eat at many of the surrounding restaurants with water views, enjoy water sports and mini golf all weekend long.

Book Your Memorial Day Weekend Cruise Here

Memorial Day Drop-In Craft at Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Saturday, May 28 at 10 a.m. and Sunday, May 29 at 12 p.m.

Visit the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison during Memorial Day weekend and make a paper lantern of red, white, and blue. The museum is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Drop-In Craft is free with museum admission.

Get More Information About the Drop-In Craft Events May 28-29 Here

Gather and Golf!

Saturday, May 28

Chase a little white ball around a park-like setting. Get your foursome together and hit the links. Check out the public courses operated by the Morris County Park Commission or the course at Knoll Country Club. Tee times can be booked in advance online.

Find a Morris County Golf Course and Book Your Tee Time!

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Enjoy a Concert at the Morris Museum

Sunday, May 29 at 2 p.m.

There is more music this weekend at the Morris Museum. A Brooklyn-based quartet called “The Rhythm Method” will perform in concert at the Bickford Theatre at 2 p.m. Tickets are $40.

Secure Your Tickets Here

Monday, May 30, 2022 – Memorial Day!

Attend the 2022 Memorial Remembrance Day Ceremony

Monday, May 30 at 10:30 a.m.

The All-Veterans Memorial at Turkey Brook Park in Budd Lake/Mt. Olive will be the site of a Memorial Day Service and dedication at 10:30 a.m. The Rolling Thunder will be on hand on their motorcycles for this solemn occasion.

Get More Information Here

Still Need Ideas for Memorial Day Weekend?

See the Complete List of Memorial Day Events in Morris County Here


Have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend and remember those who served our country.

By Michelle Lawlor

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