CLEVELAND – Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the United States’ Armed Forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May.
Memorial Day was first known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years after the Civil War.
Unofficially, it signals the beginning of the summer season, and northeast Ohio has plenty of different ways to spend the long weekend.
Here’s a list of Memorial Day events around Northeast Ohio. If you have an event you’d like us to add to this guide, send us an email at email@example.com with the name of the event, the address, time and any other useful information.
🇺🇸SPECIALS FOR THE HOLIDAY🇺🇸
🇺🇸Cedar Point Armed Forces Memorial Day Weekend: May 24 to May 27. Any active, retired, or honorably discharged member of the United States Military will receive one free adult admission ticket and may purchase up to six additional tickets for immediate family members at a discounted rate of $44. Click here for more information.
🇺🇸Put-in-Bay: many businesses will be offering discounts all weekend Click here for the details
🇺🇸FESTIVALS AND EVENTS 🇺🇸
🇺🇸Catch Meaning Music Fest: Sunday, May 26, Noon – midnight at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Free event featuring dynamic bands. Proceeds from the event support organizations that guide young adults in their journey to make a positive impact in the world.
🇺🇸PARADES AND CEREMONIES🇺🇸
🇺🇸Bedford (for the cities of Bedford, Bedford Heights, Walton Hills, and Oakwood Village): Parade, Monday, May 27 at 10:15 a.m. beginning at Bedford City Hall. Ceremonies will be held at Bedford Public Square on Broadway and conclude at the Bedford Cemetery on Broadway. This year’s speaker is Martin L. Flask (Navy).
🇺🇸Copley: Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 27, 10 a.m. Copley Fairlawn Middle School.
🇺🇸Green: May 27 beginning with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., Fire Station No. 1; parade steps off from the Green High School at 10:00 a.m.; ceremony immediately following the parade at the Veterans Park; community picnic and car show follows at the John Torok Community Center. Click here for details
🇺🇸Lake View Cemetery: Monday, May 27, 10:30 a.m. at the Garfield Memorial. Festivities include a parade, keynote speaker and a Sousa band concert. Picnics and lawn chairs are encouraged. Click here for more.
🇺🇸Mayfield Village: Memorial Day Celebration, Sunday, May 26, 1 p.m. Whitehaven Memorial Park
🇺🇸North Ridgeville: Monday, May 27, parade begins at 9:45 a.m. from the Senior Center down Bainbridge Road to the Academic Center. Memorial Day Ceremony at the Ranger Stadium immediately following the parade.
🇺🇸South Euclid: Monday, May 27, 9 a.m. begins at Notre Dame College, ends at South Green and Anderson Roads War Memorial
🇺🇸Vermilion: Monday, May 27 at 8:30 a.m. in Exchange Park with the Vermilion Veterans wreath dedication. 9:15 a.m. Maple Grove Cemetery Dedication. 10:30 a.m. Memorial Day Parade in downtown Vermilion. 11:00 a.m. Memorial Day Ceremony in Victory Park at the Gazebo. Luncheon to follow.