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Guide to Philadelphia Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day, originally called Declaration Day, marks the beginning of summer, a time for being outdoors and enjoying family and friends, sports and barbeques. It’s also a time to remember and reflect on the sacrifice of our nation’s military and celebrate and honor those who have died in our defense.

If you’re going to be in Philadelphia this Memorial Day, here are some local parades you can check out while honoring our nation in its fifth largest city. 

Bridesburg Memorial Day Parade

The Bridesburg Memorial Day parade is the biggest in the tristate area. It honors fallen heroes from all wars. The Bridesburg community residents pour their hearts and souls into the planning and organizing of this parade.

Come experience the pride of this public event for yourself at 10 am on Monday, May 25, beginning at Richmond and Juanita Streets. This parade is often accompanied by other events, including dinners, runs, raffles, and tournaments. Local residents and businesses finance this amazing spectacle.

Admission is free to this parade, but parking may be limited, so arrive early.

Memorial Day Parade, Service, and Reception at Laurel Hill Cemetery

The iconic Laurel Hill Cemetery parade and service re-creates the historical Declaration Day rite of the Grand Army Meade Post #1. Join others at the location of the first Memorial Day observance in Philadelphia, an annual tradition there since 1868. A parade through the cemetery begins during the day. A service to honor fallen heroes follows and will be held at the burial site of Gen. George Gordon Meade, a hero of Gettysburg. The somber ceremony will include the laying of wreaths and honor guards. Refreshments will be served.

Admission to the service, which will begin promptly at noon on Sunday, May 24, is free to the public, and a donation is appreciated. Free parking is available across the street.

National Constitution Center Memorial Day Celebration

All weekend long, the National Constitution Center will have a wide variety of activities and ceremonies across their campus. Flag parades and ceremonies will be held every morning to raise the flag on the front lawn and then lower it at day’s end. This patriotic ceremony is a great learning experience for all who attend.

On Monday, May 25 the flag will be raised to half-staff in keeping with US tradition. Many other exhibitions, tours, flag etiquette workshops, games, and Thank-a-Vet activities are available all weekend long. This is a great celebration for the entire family. This year is the 228th anniversary of the Constitutional Convention, and specific tours will be available.

Admission is free on Memorial Day.

After being cooped up after the cold winter, you and your family deserve to get out in the sunshine and have fun! We guarantee no matter which even you chose, you will have a blast!