Let’s remember the people that do our country proud … and have fun, while we’re at it! Whether you’re looking for something patriotic, artistic or downright bouncy to do this Memorial Day weekend, you’ll find it. Get ready for a parade, outdoor festivals, a campfire cookout and more. Click through our album for the scoop on our nine favorite events.

Salute America’s Heroes: Chicago Memorial Day Parade

Kids love Memorial Day because it means a day off from school! But it’s important to remind them what the holiday is all about. This colorful procession does just that. Remember all the brave men and women who fought in the U.S. military while watching the wreath laying ceremony and parade. The parade also includes musical stylings from local high schools' drum and bugle corps and veterans groups.

Held on May 24. Admission is free. The wreath ceremony begins at 11 a.m. The parade begins at noon and will head south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street, Downtown. For more info, go to cityofchicago.org.

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— Natasha Davis