Rochester will not hold Memorial Day celebration

May 7, 2020

ROCHESTER — The town will not hold a Memorial Day celebration and will celebrate veterans on Veteran’s Day instead. 

Selectman Brad Morse suggested that might be the best plan to keep everyone safe amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

“That puts us into November, hopefully this thing is over by then,” Morse said. 

Other celebrations hang in the balance, including the Memorial Day Boat Race. Organizer Art Benner said after the meeting that “as the Town sponsors the race, we need to hear from them with the go ahead. I think we can get it together in a week and do okay with the social distancing.” 

He said the Board of Health wanted to wait to see what Governor Charlie Baker did with his stay-at-home order before making a decision on the race.  

Town Counsel Blair Bailey said that the Fire Station would go forward with a clambake, but the event would look much different than in years past, with a drive-through and pickup format and a more traditional clambake in the fall.