10 Best Memorial Day Parades and Events in Illinois!

Memorial Day is fast approaching and Illinois is offering plenty of parades, festivals and 5k runs from May 22-29. Celebrate the holiday this year with these unique events all over the state, from Aurora to Grafton.

Memorial Day Parade, Aurora,IL

May 22, 2023 at 10:00am
Experience the City of Aurora's Annual Memorial Day Parade in Downtown Aurora. The parade will kick off at 10:00 am at the intersection of Benton St. and River St. and will culminate in front of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center. Come and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Colona Memorial Day Festival, Colona,IL

May 25, 2023 at 5:00pm
The Colona Memorial Day Festival is coming to the Hennepin Canal Parkway in Colona, IL. The festival will include carnival hours and armbands from 5-9PM. Don't miss out on the excitement of the Colona Memorial Day Festival!

Braidwood Memorial Day 5K, Braidwood,IL

May 27, 2023 at 9:00am
Join runners at Braidwood City Park on May 27 for the Braidwood Memorial Day 5K! Enjoy a unique course showcasing the best of the city with activities and events taking place before and after the race. Get ready to get active and run for a great cause.

Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade, Chicago,IL

May 27, 2023 at 11:00am
The City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) will commemorate Memorial Day with a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Daley Plaza and a Parade along State Street. At 11am, a Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington Street) followed by a Parade along State Street, from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. Don't miss this special event honoring veterans and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice

Macon Speedway - Memorial Day Twin 50's, Macon,IL

May 29, 2023
This Memorial Day, Macon Speedway is hosting an event that will be sure to draw in racers from all over the region. Fans will get to watch and cheer on drivers competing in the PLM 50 Laps, MOD 50 Laps, B10PLM, B10MOD, PRO MOD, SPORT, SS, and HOR races at the 205 North Wiles venue. Make sure to make your way to Macon Speedway this Memorial Day for a day of exciting racing!

Memorial Day at Downtown Rockford, Rockford,IL

May 29, 2023 at 9:00am
Join the city of Downtown Rockford to honor our fallen heroes this Memorial Day. Take part in the parade beginning at 9:00am, followed by a Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Hall. Following the program, take part in the traditional Sinking of the Ship Ceremony by the Navy Club Ship #1 on the river bank behind the Luther Center at Downtown Rockford.

Winthrop Harbor Memorial Day Parade , Winthrop Harbor,IL

May 29, 2023 at 10:00am
The Village of Winthrop Harbor will honor the men and women of the United States military with its annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade line-up will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Outdoorsman parking lot on 3rd Street and Sheridan Road, Winthrop Harbor, and proceed south on Sheridan Road to 9th Street, then west on 9th Street to Village Park. At the park, a Memorial service presented by the Winthrop Harbor VFW will be held at

Memorial Day Walk and Remembrance, Bartlett,IL

May 29, 2023 at 10:00am
On May 29, 2023, join us at Bartlett Park for a Memorial Day Walk and Remembrance. Commemorate our veterans with an American Legion Flag Retirement Ceremony and a brief program at Bartlett Cemetery. Bartlett Police Department will be providing traffic control assistance. Come and honor our fallen heroes in remembrance.

VFW Memorial Day Parade and Service, Western Springs,IL

May 29, 2023 at 10:00am
On May 29th, 2023, join the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10778 in honoring Memorial Day on Hillgrove Avenue in Western Springs. The parade will begin at 10am, followed by a brief service on the Tower Green. Show your appreciation for those who have served our country.

Memorial Day Remembrance Cruise, Grafton,IL

May 29, 2023 at 2:00pm
Grafton Harbor invites the public to join them on the Memorial Day Remembrance Cruise. Inspired by honoring those lost and those that have served, bring flowers to add to the memorial wreath that will be placed in the river. Prices vary for adults, seniors, and children.

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