City of Chicago Memorial Day Events

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Date(s) - 05/27/2017
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Daily Plaza


11:00am Wreath Laying Ceremony –  
Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza (Dearborn and Washington Streets)
12:00 noon Memorial Day Parade –  
Step off from Lake and State, proceed south to Van Buren
The Chicago parade is considered one of the largest Memorial Day parades in the nation. Participants in the parade include area high school marching bands, drum and bugle corps as well as many veterans’ groups, 6,000 JROTC cadets and the military.
Memorial Day has a rich history. It began shortly after the Civil War ended when General John Logan proclaimed that the 30th day of May be designated for the purpose of decorating the graves of soldiers who died. The day, first observed on May 30, 1868, was called Decoration Day. The modern day event is similar, but the original idea has been expanded and now honors all fallen soldiers.
The Chicago Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony are presented by the City of Chicago.  For more information about the Illinois Gold Star, visit and for more information regarding the parade, please call the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at 312.744.3316 or click here.