Memorial Day Celebrations in Cincinnati

Enjoy these Cincinnati Memorial Day activities and military freebies for Memorial Day 2019.

Memorial Day in Cincinnati Ohio


Cheviot: Parade will start at Frances Avenue (11am) and end at Harvest Home Park for a ceremony.

Clifton: Start gathering at 10:30am at the Clifton Memorial Day Parade starting point at the intersection of Middleton and McAlpin Avenues. All residents, businesses, and friends of Clifton are welcome to participate in the parade! Kids on scooters, bicycles, in wagons, in strollers, and on feet are regular parade participants. The parade starts at 11:00am and proceeds north on Middleton Avenue, then west on Lafayette Avenue, ending at Mt. Storm Park where neighborhood volunteers have a fundraising grill-out waiting 

Dayton, Ky: Memorial Day Parade to begin at 10:30am

Evanston: could not confirm this year’s info

Fairfield: The parade will step off at 10 am and conclude at Veterans Memorial Park. A band will be performing patriotic music and other favorites at Veterans Memorial Park starting at 10 am. A brief ceremony to pay tribute to our veterans, both past and present, will be held after the parade at Veterans Memorial Park. The parade departs from Express Scripts heads south, turns right on Nilles, left of Bibury, then right on Wessel to the Park.

Florence, Ky: Please join us as we pay tribute to military personnel who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom on Monday, May 27, 2019.  The City memorializes and decorates American service personnel who fought to defend our country in past and present wars with a parade and program.  The parade begins at 10:00 am at Boone County High School and ends at the Boone County Veterans Memorial at 8100 Ewing Blvd, Florence, where the program will begin at 11:00.

Glendale: Starts at 9:30am at Glendale School. The parade proceeds along the following route: Glendale School, south on Congress to Fountain, to Woodbine, to Elk, to Greenville, to Willow, to Sharon, ending at Veterans Memorial

Loveland: Parade begins at 9:00 a.m. and will travel from Loveland Elementary School to the Veterans Memorial. Immediately following the parade, a ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial.

Madeira’s Memorial Day March: The March will be begin at 10:00 A.M. Participants will assemble at the Madeira Middle School parking lot at 9:30 AM. The March will travel north on Miami Avenue and then west on Dawson Road, ending with a brief ceremony at the Veterans Memorial located at McDonald Commons. This will be a silent March for the purpose of expressing heartfelt gratitude to the men and women who have died protecting freedom throughout the world.

Mason: Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. The Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the American Legion Hall Post 194 located at 401 Reading Road. The parade will travel north on Reading Road and Main Street then head south on Mason-Montgomery Road before concluding at the Mason Veterans Memorial. The best viewing area for the parade is along US Route 42 near the Mason Downtown Plaza. The parade will be followed by a ceremony at the Mason Veterans Memorial beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. with featured guest speaker Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame inductee and Vietnam Navy Seal Veteran Maurice “Maury” Docton. Following the ceremony, the public is invited to attend a luncheon on the plaza at the Mason Municipal Center.

Mt. Healthy: Parade (presented by American Legion Wesley Werner Post 513 ); could not find any info online.

Newport, Ky: The annual Memorial Day Parade will be on Monday, May 27th. The parade starts at 9:00 a.m. at York and Sixth Streets and last approximately 45-minutes. The parade route will proceed as follows: Line-up in the parking lot at 4th & Columbia Streets – South on York Street to Sixth Street – East on Sixth Street to Monmouth Street – South on Monmouth Street to Tenth Street – Parade ends at Tenth Street (City Building). Following the parade, a ceremony in honor of our Veterans, will be held in front of the Newport City Building at Tenth and Monmouth Streets. A continental breakfast will follow in the first floor Multi-Purpose room of the City Building.

Newtown: All are welcome to participate in this annual event, sponsored by the Newtown Civic League. Line-up begins between 9:00am and 9:30am at Miami Valley Christian Academy, located on School Street in Newtown. The parade steps off promptly at 10:00am.

North College Hill: Memorial Day Parade starts at 10am.

Park Hills: Parade starts at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome to participate – no float needed. The parade will following route: Dixie Hwy at NDA to Arlington Rd, to Old State Rd, to Terrace Dr, to Amsterdam Rd, to Park Dr. At the conclusion of the parade, a flag ceremony will be conducted at Trolley Park.

Reading/Arlington Heights: The parade starts in Arlington Heights at 9:30 AM and ends at the Memorial Park around 11:00 AM. Parade route can be found here.

St. Bernard: Parade starts at 9:30. (confirmed via private message)

West Chester:  Bring a blanket or chair and join neighbors along Cincinnati-Dayton Road, south of West Chester Road, beginning at 10 a.m. This event is presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7696. The parade is using the flipped route for the 2nd year. Starting location has moved to the intersection of Aviation Way and Dimmick Road. The route goes north on Cincinnati-Dayton Road to West Chester Road before heading west to Brookside Cemetery.

Blue Ash: This Memorial Day weekend, The City of Blue Ash honors fallen heroes with a parade, concerts, and more. On Saturday, May 26th at 6 p.m., the 338th Army Band Concert will be held at Blue Ash Towne Square. On Monday, May 27th, Blue Ash holds the 67th annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. This event is the largest and most prominent Memorial Day event held in the Greater Cincinnati area. The parade will begin at 10:15 a.m. at Reed Hartman Highway and Cooper Road, and will conclude at the Blue Ash Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Blue Ash. A special ceremony will be held beginning at approximately 11:15 a.m. Then at 7 p.m. the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony’s Memorial Day Concert will be held at Blue Ash Towne Square.

Free Admission (for military):

The Butterfly Show at Krohn Conservatory is offering all active military and veterans FREE admission on Memorial Day. (2019).

The Cincinnati Zoo is offering free Zoo admission to members of the military — active and retired — on Memorial Day, The offer also allows military personnel to purchase up to six (6) half-price admission tickets for members of their immediate family at the Zoo ticketing window. Thank you for your service! Military personnel who qualify for the free admission ticket and discount offer for family members include active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID.

Kings Island is offering free admission to active and retired members of the U.S. military during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The deal is available beginning on Friday through Memorial Day at the 364-acre amusement and water park. Military who qualify for the free admission ticket include active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID. A valid military ID must be presented at Kings Island to take advantage of this offer. Military personnel can also buy admission at a special price of $35 for up to six family members at the park.

Events and Ceremonies:

Memorial Day Weekend at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

American Legion Centennial Celebration at Memorial Hall (May 26). Plan ahead – it’s free but tickets are required. The local posts of the American Legion want to call to the attention of the Cincinnati area the record of achievements that have been accomplished by The American Legion during the 100 years since its founding, to emphasize the impact the organization has had upon the American society, and the extent of its contributions to the national security and the welfare of military veterans, their families and our community. Special patriotic and uplifting music will be performed by the Cincinnati Brass Band. In their 27th season the CBB’s 35 brass and percussion musicians have entertained audiences around the tristate area and beyond. They will honor our men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military with a Memorial Day observance and a POW/MIA remembrance will be presented. You will see a colorful display of American Legion flags as well as other memorabilia. A free punch and cookie reception will follow this event.

Cincinnati Warbirds: Cincinnati warbirds has an annaual Memorial Day weekend Swing Dance and USO Show to Honor Veterans on Saturday 6P-10P at Coney Island’s Moonlight Pavilion. The Tom Daugherty Orchestra recreates Glenn Miller’s Army Air Corps Band and performs a WWII style USO Show. There is also a ceremony to honor local veterans who were nominated by their peers, food, exhibits, and door prizes including a ride in a WWII B-17 Bomber.

Field of Memories at Arlington Memorial Gardens: The “Field of Memories” faces Ronald Reagan Highway and provides a stunning display of patriotism. While this display is especially poignant for veterans, it’s a tribute that is open to non-veterans also. The flags are atop 6’ poles and will wave 24 hours a day with the field lit at night. Each flag bears the name of the individual to whom the flag is dedicated. On Sunday, professional skydivers will jump into the Field of Memories with a patriotic parachutes.

Eden Park: As part of a Memorial Day Ceremony the extension of the Vietnam Memorial in Eden park will be officially opened to the public. The project creates a separate but related space for quiet contemplation in a garden setting. It includes a garden with a variety of plants, seating and an accessible pathway.

Glendale (after the parade): Memorial Day Ceremony at the War Memorial on Sharon Road (10:30am) followed by refreshments at 11:30am.

Colerain Twp. will have a Memorial Day Ceremony at starting at 10 AM (will last for approximately 1 hour). Location: Colerain Gateway Memorial at the Corner of Colerain Avenue and Springdale Road.

The City of Edgewood (Ky) will have a presentation to honor veterans of WWII through Afghanistan and Iraq, Freedom Park starting at 10am on May 27.


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