News and Events

Two major Special Annual Events take place each year (see below), and others are posted here as they occur.

WE INVITE YOU to come back from time to time to see the latest news and events.


Fall Cleanup Announcement

Work on the cemetery grounds for the fall cleanup has started. Please be advised that any items left on the graves will be removed by the cemetery crew and will not be saved in accordance with the General Rules and Regulations of Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Cedar Grove Still Boasts Old-Time Charm

This article first appeared in the Dorchester Argus-Citizen, May 10, 1990 By Anthony Sammarco, Argus-Citizen Correspondent The Cedar Grove section of Dorchester represents what is commonly known as “New Dorchester,” as opposed to the northern area of the town. To...


Events Are on Hold for Now

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, events at Cedar Grove Cemetery are suspended until further notice. Please check back from time to time to see future event announcements.

Special Annual Events


For more than twenty-five years, the Friends of Cedar Grove Cemetery has sponsored memorial masses. These masses are held on the Sundays before Memorial Day and Christmas at 11:00 am, in memory of all who rest with us. Held in our seventy-five-year-old Gilman Chapel, the services attract more than two hundred people. Attendees participate in the Mass, and then enjoy light refreshments in the office, or weather permitting, on the grounds adjacent to the Chapel. Flowers may be brought to decorate the altar, in memory of our loved ones, and are then returned to the family after the service.

We feature a one-half hour guided tour of different sections of the Cemetery following these services. We hope to continue this practice, and to expand it in the future.


On Memorial Day of each year, for more than fifty years, exercises are held to honor all deceased military men and women, and support our active troops. The seven Dorchester AMVETS, VFW, and AMERICAN LEGION Posts parade into the Cemetery in full formation. They place memorial wreaths, play taps, fire a 21-gun salute and listen to patriotic music. Many high-ranking political and military leaders have been featured speakers at this event. Hundreds of people participate in the ceremonies.