Remember Fallen Soldiers at 2021 Memorial Day Ceremonies

Many families will spend Memorial Day weekend celebrating the start of summertime fun. This year, I also hope you take the time to talk to your children about the meaning behind Memorial Day, which is a day meant to honor our country’s fallen soldiers. Many communities typically celebrate with parades, which we hope to see returning in 2022. This year, you’ll find plenty of Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the western suburbs that will honor the brave men and women of our armed forces.

Memorial Day Ceremonies, Parades and Events

These details have been confirmed at the date of publishing. Don’t forget to click the links for details about reservations, social distancing practices, and more. If you don’t see your town’s celebrations listed below, email Annie at to have it added.

Armed Forces Day (Burr Ridge Veterans Memorial)
May 15, 2021 | 10:00am

Memorial Day Flag Planting (Forest Hill Cemetery, Glen Ellyn)
May 25, 2021 | 10:00am  

6th Annual Veteran’s Memorial Service (La Grange Park)
May 29, 2021 | 11:00am

Memorial Day Parade (Naperville)
May 31, 2021 | 9:00am

Convoy and Military Ceremony (Elmhurst)
May 31, 2021 | 9:30am

Memorial Day Ceremony (River Forest)
May 31, 2021 | 10:00am

Memorial Day Observance (Western Springs)
May 31, 2021 | 10:00am

Memorial Day Service (Carol Stream)
May 31, 2021 | 11:00am

Memorial Day Ceremony (Oak Forest)
May 31, 2021 | 11:00am

Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony (South Holland)
May 31, 2021 | 11:00am – 1:30pm

Memorial Day Remembrance Convoy (Lisle)
Monday, May 31, 2021 | 12:00pm
Ceremony will also be live-streamed at 10:00am.

See also
Family-Friendly Weekend Events: July 30–August 1 and Beyond

Memorial Day Observance in Central Park (Naperville) 
May 31, 2021 | 12:00pm – 12:45pm

Oswego Honors Veterans Closing Ceremonies
May 31, 2021 | 3:00pm

Looking for more family-friendly summer events? Check out the Kidlist Calendar.

About the Author

Katie Mayle
Katie is a mother of three children, ages 7, 5, and 2. A Joliet native, she and her husband moved back to his hometown of Naperville after the birth of their second daughter. Her three kids keep her family very active, and she is grateful for the countless indoor and outdoor opportunities available to families in the western suburbs. She looks forward to sharing family-friendly fun with the parents of young children.

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