2021 Memorial Day Parade Cancelled, Several In-Person Events Planned

The Watertown Provincial Guard re-enactors joined the 2019 Memorial Day Parade.

For the second year in a row, Watertown’s Memorial Day Parade has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Town Manager Michael Driscoll announced the cancellation in his weekly Coronavirus update.

Veterans Services Officer Patrick George said the move was made based on the State’s COVID-19 restrictions on the size of gatherings.

“It wasn’t an easy decision — frankly, when this all started, I thought we’d be back open by LAST Memorial Day — but it’s the safest decision we could make with the current public health data available,” George said.

George added that parades in neighboring communities being cancelled was another factor because it may have added more attendees.

While the parade will not take place, George and the Watertown’s veterans groups are planning for other ways to mark Memorial Day, including placing of flags on graves of veterans at cemeteries and a static observation on Memorial Day.

“These events will be in person, but attendance will be limited in accordance with public health guidelines at that time,” George said.

2 thoughts on “2021 Memorial Day Parade Cancelled, Several In-Person Events Planned

  1. Unstructured gatherings along a long parade route, cheering, and yelling may not seem high-risk but sure as heck would be. Have you watched any of the NCAA tournament, coaches who have masks on, for some bizarre reason, choose to PULL THEM DOWN, when they yell out to players on the court or to the officials. Completely missing the point. Lot of water bottles, snacks, high-fiving…it’d get out of hand.

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