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Chicago Memorial Day weekend 2024 guide

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with our guide to the best food, drinks and things to do.

Jeffy Mai

Memorial Day 2024, which falls on Monday, May 27, is almost upon us. You can celebrate the unofficial start to summer with a long weekend of exciting festivities in Chicago, including the annual downtown parade and the return of Navy Pier’s free fireworks show at 10pm on Saturday, May 25. Looking for more things to do? Hit up a stunning rooftop bar for drinks, head to the lakefront for the reopening of Chicago beaches or check out one of the many summer street festivals taking place across town. Sueños Music Festival, a reggaeton- and Latin-focused event, is also happening at Grant Park, while two of the city’s best breweries will host Mayfestiversary—a neighborhood bash in Ravenswood. So keep reading for ideas on how to make the most out of Memorial Day weekend in Chicago.

Where is the Memorial Day parade? 

The city's Memorial Day commemorations kick off at 11am on Saturday, May 25 with a wreath laying ceremony at Richard J. Daley Center Plaza (50 W Washington St). At noon, the parade along State Street will step off at State Street and Lake Street and continue to Van Buren Street.

Where can I see Memorial Day fireworks in Chicago? 

Navy Pier's summer fireworks season kicks off at 10pm on Saturday, May 25. The popular tourist attraction will host weekly fireworks displays through Labor Day, with shows on Wednesdays at 9pm and Saturdays at 10pm. 

What’s happening in Chicago on Memorial Day weekend?

Take a long bike ride
Things to do

Take a long bike ride

These trails offer a less hectic ride than the crowded streets of Chicago.