Photos by Mark Martini.

The Mill Valley Memorial Day Parade was first produced in 1980. It has been one of Mill Valley’s landmark events every year since then, and 2024 was certainly no different.

It all kicked off with the return of the Mill Valley Volunteer Firefighters’ Association’s Pancake Breakfast from 7-11am in front of Mill Valley City Hall, serving as the biggest fundraiser of the year for Mill Valley’s volunteer firefighter program. 

The gathering continued with an array of law enforcement and other agencies Honoring Our Fallen Heroes with a Memorial Day ceremony at Lytton Square, the newly redesigned, tree-laden island that splits the road between Miller and Corte Madera avenues into two and is named for Lytton Barber, Mill Valley’s first WWI casualty.

The annual Mill Valley Historical Society’s annual ‘Walk Into History’ was held on May 26, with a guided tour theme of ‘Community Gathering Places, from 9am-3pm. 

Mill Valley Memorialk Day 2024This year’s parade theme was “Strength in Numbers.” There’s also a student K-8 essay contest, “What does Memorial Day mean to me?” starting at 9:45 at Lytton Square followed by the parade at 10:30, with the parade processing from Old Mill School to Miller Avenue.

The four-day Kiddo! Carnival kicked into high gear on May 24 and ran through the evening of May 27.

The Mill Valley Emergency Preparedness Commission also had a table sharing disaster preparedness information and starter go-bags.

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