Memorial Day is a U.S. federal holiday currently observed every year on the last Monday of May. It originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War and it was established as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. Eventually the holiday was extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service.
It also marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season and results in a 3 day weekend for many lucky Americans!
What kind of fun will you be up to this holiday? If you aren’t sure yet and are looking for things to do, here’s a list of area activities happening this Memorial Day Weekend:
Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off: May 26 to 29 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds
Blossom Time: May 25 to May 28, in and around downtown Chagrin Falls
Day Out with Thomas (Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad): Friday-Sunday May 26-28, Departs from Boston Mills – Brandywine Ski Resort 7100 Riverview Road, Peninsula
Flats East Bank Taste of Summer: Old River Road,Flats East Bank, Friday, May 26, 4 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday, May 27, noon – 10 p.m., Sunday, May 28, noon – 10 p.m.
Tremont Greek Festival: May 26 to 29, corner of West 14th and Fairfield in Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland
PARADES AND CEREMONIES:
Avon Lake: Monday, May 29, 10 a.m. – noon, Veteran’s Memorial Park.
Bay Village: Memorial Day Parade, May 30 at 8:450 a.m. from Huntington Park.
Brecksville: Monday, May 29, 10:30 a.m. parade begins at City Hall.
Cleveland, Riverside Cemetery: Monday, May 29, 9:30 a.m.
Cleveland Heights: Monday, May 29, 10:30 am at the Veterans Memorial in Cumberland Park
Fairview Park: ceremony, 8 a.m., Fairview Park City Hall, parade 9:00 a.m. from Corrigan Craciun Funeral Home, West 208 Street and Lorain Road
Hudson: American Legion Family Memorial Day Parade will step off at 10:00 am from Milford Rd.
Independence: parade, 9 a.m.
Medina: Friday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., Candlelight Vigil, town square
Lake View Cemetery: Monday, May 29, 10:30 a.m. at the Garfield Memorial
North Ridgeville: Monday, May 29, parade begins at 9:45 AM from the Marc’s parking lot and will end at the Middle School Ranger Stadium with a ceremony to follow at the stadium
Westlake: Monday, May 29, 10 a.m. from Sts. Peter & George Coptic Orthodox Church to Clague Park.
Whatever you end up doing, I hope you enjoy it!