2015 Memorial Day Events and Services Chicago IL
Above all, Memorial Day is a time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The courage and bravery American military members display is something we should consider daily, but on Memorial Day, it’s especially important to remember the men and women who gave their lives defending our country. Around Chicago, there are a number of events and ceremonies you can attend to honor our fallen military members.
While it’s important to consider the true meaning of Memorial Day, it’s also a time to enjoy the unofficial start of summer with all the freedoms for which our country has fought. If you’re looking to take part in a local Memorial Day event or service in Chicago IL, consider some of the following.
Chicago’s 2015 Memorial Day Parade
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015 @ Noon
Where: State Street between Lake Street and Van Buren Street
Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade is a great way to come together as a community to honor fallen military members. The parade starts at noon, but there is a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza beginning at 11 a.m. Admission is free.
Fireworks At Navy Pier
When: Saturday May 23, 2015 @ 9:30 p.m.
Where: Navy Pier
Memorial Day is the official kickoff of firework season at Navy Pier. Enjoy a beautiful evening at the pier and check out the cruise schedule to get an even more incredible experience.
When: Sunday May 24, 2015 beginning at 5:30 a.m.
Bike the Drive is like a holiday for bicyclists in Chicago. For this one day, there are nearly 5 hours of vehicle-free roads through the city and around the lake. For casual and serious bicyclists alike, this annual event is a rare opportunity to take a leisurely bike ride without worrying about traffic.
Red, White & Bar-B-Q at Westmont Lion’s Club
When: May 22-24
Where: Ty Warner Park
Mmmmmmm. Barbecue on Memorial Day weekend are great, but ribs from the best BBQ vendors in the midwest is something completely different. The annual Red, White & Bar-B-Q event includes a professional and ametuer BBQ competitions, cooking demonstrations, an all-ages carnival, live music, $16,000 in prizes. Best of all, admission is free.
At some point in the weekend, be sure to think about all the sacrifices US military members have made to provide us these great opportunities to enjoy ourselves on this holiday weekend. We encourage all of you to find Memorial Day ceremonies in your respective communities to ensure the fallen military members get the respect and honor they deserve.
If you have Memorial Day plans in Chicago or know of a local ceremony, we invite you to share in the comments!