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Memorial Day Parade 2024

Don't miss your chance to see the largest Memorial Day Parade in the country

Dates: May 24–26, 2024

Memorial Day Parade
Memorial Day Parade

Every year, thousands of people come to downtown Chicago to honor veterans and active duty military. Memorial Day Parade begins at noon on a Saturday before the Memorial Day and marches south along State Street, from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. Before the parade, there is also a wreath-laying ceremony to honor those who have lost their lives in military missions. It begins at 11 am on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets). Every year, the gold star families, the parents, spouses, siblings and children who've lost a loved one, are gifted yellow roses. The ceremony is very moving and solemn. Wreath laying is followed by a 21-gun salute to honor the fallen heroes.

Mole de Mayo Festival (May 24-26, 2024)

Held for two days, this event offers plenty of fun for people of any age. As a visitor, you'll be able to enjoy food by more than twenty local and international vendors, offering everything: from traditional spicy micheladas to sweet desserts. Plus, people will have an opportunity to relish several live music concerts in such genres as son jarocho, salsa, Latin soul, cumbia, reggae, and others. After that, head for a stroll around the local market, offering unique handmade jewellery, art pieces, and craft souvenirs. Lastly, gear up for authentic cultural performances, including Aztec dancing rituals, ballet folkorico, and Chinelo dancers. All this fun is held at 18th St., Ashland through 18th St., Blue Island Ave.

Chicago Memorial Day Parade (May 25, 2024)

Chicago Memorial Day Parade is the largest celebration of that kind. Many military marching bands, veteran groups, floats, and about 6,000 junior ROTC cadets take part in the parades as thousands of spectators watch it from the sidewalks. Memorial Day holiday originates in the years following the Civil War. Since 1971 it is a federal holiday. The day ends with amazing fireworks at Navy Pier on the banks of Lake Michigan.

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