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Hamilton’s ANZAC services take place at the Cenotaph in Memorial Park on Memorial Drive. The dawn service begins at 6am, with the parade leaving Knox Street at 5.45am and finishing at around 6.40am. The civic parade leaves Knox Street at 9.45am with the service being held at 10am and finishing at around 11.15am. Both services go ahead regardless of weather conditions.
The civic parade includes 25 horses this year. In order for the horses to get to the parade starting point, they have to use public roads. If you see the horses when driving in the morning, please take care and share the road.
There will be two big screens in the park (marked on the map below) that will show both the dawn and civic services, meaning people can see and hear both services from further back in Memorial Park.
If you live near Memorial Park, you may hear gunfire as part of the services.
More than 5000 poppies will be installed on the corner of Memorial Drive and Anzac Parade again this year, and the Fields of Remembrance Trust will place 350 white crosses in Memorial Park to acknowledge the Hamiltonians lost in conflict. Both the crosses and the poppies will be installed on Friday 21 April for people to view over ANZAC weekend. They will be removed on Wednesday 26 April.
Following the 10am civic service, you are invited to enjoy a hot drink and an ANZAC biscuit while listening to the Hamilton Brass Band. The Hamilton Brass Band will perform for 30 minutes at the Cenotaph following the service.
The boat ramp at Commerce Park, Grantham St will be closed from 5.30am until 11.30am, or until the end of the commemoration service. We appreciate your cooperation.
The following map shows:
▶︎ View or download the 2018 ANZAC Day parade map (PDF, 3MB)