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Summer Steps Off with Memorial Day Weekend!

You'll be marching, walking and running with all sorts of races and, of course, a bounty of parades.

Don't rain on our parade! Pray for sun this weekend and march on over to our nearby towns to celebrate Memorial Day. In Stamford, the parade is held on Sunday, May 29 at noon, and starts on Summer at Hoyt St.

For a cozier affair, head over to Rowayton on Sunday at noon. That parade begins on Rowayton Ave. and ends at Veteran's Canon with a service — then it's hot dogs and soda for all at the fire station.

Of course, this all leads up to the one and only New Canaan Memorial Day Parade. It starts at and marches on Main Street to , where a memorial ceremony will be held. 9:30 on May 30

And it's worth a drive into NYC, to take part in Fleet Week. Honoring the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, there will be free ship tours, military bands, military demonstrations, displays, even performances from Broadway musicals on the piers. May 25-31

While we're in the military mode, head over to the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury. There, you'll find a collection of over 10,000 artifacts, covering all of the armed forces of the United States. It's a cross-section of 20th century American military history, including extremely rare vehicles, many of which are the only examples in the Western Hemisphere. This weekend, will be Open Turret Days, in which you're invited to explore the tanks and armored vehicles that were active in our nation's conflicts. Sat. 10-5, Sun and Mon 12-5. May 28-30

Don't take off those marching shoes — you'll be running and walking for Mikey. The will take place at and benefits , dedicated to pediatric brain tumor research. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic lunch after the walk supplied by and . There will be a bouncy castle, a DJ, and races for the kids. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. May 29

At this point, your little marathoners will be primed to join in the , for kids age 8-13, hosted by the . It begins at the west parking lot at and includes a half mile loop. In case striving for "personal best" isn't enough, racers will compete to win awards. Tuesdays at 7 p.m. beginning on May 31

We've marched, we've walked, we've run, but just how do we get from here to there? The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport will show you in their fabulous new exhibit From Here to There. Ride a hovercraft to experience air pressure and float a boat to experiment with air flow. Lift, launch and levitate your way through hands-on exhibits to explore how things move by land, sea and air. Your child will learn about gravity, friction, and the laws of motion. Beginning on June 1

Stephen N .Parrett May 25, 2011 at 02:20 PM
New Canaan Fire will be trailering the World Trade Center Artifact to the entrance of the Lakeview Cemmetery for all to see. The artifact will be at the Main Street and Millport intersection all morning on Memorial Day and through out the parade. After that, it will remain on display at its temporary home in New Canaan Fire headquarters. Visitors will be welcomed when ever the apparatus bay doors are open. Thank you, Stephen N. Parrett President, New Canaan Fire Company #1

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