Memorial Day Celebrations in Cincinnati

Enjoy these Cincinnati Memorial Day activities and military freebies for Memorial Day 2022.

American flags on a lawn for Memorial Day

Parades:

Cheviot Memorial Day Parade will begin at 11am on May 30, 2022. It is organized by the Green Township VFW Post 10380.

Clifton: Festivities will kick off starting with a parade at 11am (north on Middleton from McAlpin, left on Lafayette, heading into Mt. Storm Park) followed by a picnic at Mt. Storm Park. Enjoy burgers and dogs available with drinks and Dojo Gelato. Pet Parade Costume Awards, Chalk Art by Kathleen Streitenberger, Gardening Advice from Queen City Pollinators, Live Music by the Comet Bluegrass All Stars! 

Bellevue and Dayton, Ky: Memorial Day Parade to begin at 10:30am. It will kick off in Dayton, Ky at the Veterans Monument and end at the Bellevue Veterans Club.

Blue Ash:  Join the City of Blue Ash for the 70th annual City of Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony on Monday, May 30, 2022! This event is free and open to the public. The parade will begin at 10:15 a.m. at Reed Hartman Highway and Cooper Road, proceeding east on Cooper to Kenwood, south on Kenwood to Hunt, and east on Hunt before ending at the Bicentennial Veterans Memorial Park at Blue Ash Towne Square. Dozens of military and non-profit organizations, local businesses, and community groups will participate in the parade. A special ceremony will take place after the parade at approximately 11:30 a.m. at Blue Ash Towne Square with keynote speaker Lt. Col. Dan Meyers.

Fairfield: The parade will feature veterans groups, military units, the Fairfield High School Marching Band, community groups and organizations, the Fairfield Police Department, and Fairfield Fire and Paramedic units. A band will be performing patriotic music and other favorites at Veterans Memorial Park starting at 10 a.m. The parade concludes with a brief ceremony to pay tribute to our veterans, both past and present, at Veterans Memorial Park. Guest speakers include representatives from local veterans groups and City of Fairfield Mayor Steve Miller.

Florence, Ky: The parade will begin at Boone County High School at 10:00 a.m. and will end at the Florence Government Center.  Following the parade, the Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the Boone County Veterans Memorial located at the Florence Government Center.

Glendale: Parade details for 2022 have not been released.

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 Memorial Day March will be begin at 9:30am. Participants will assemble at the Madeira Middle School parking. The silent March will travel north on Miami Avenue and then west on Dawson Road, ending with a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial located at McDonald Commons Park. 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: The parade takes place on Monday, May 30 beginning at 10:00 a.m. The parade begins in Downtown Mason traveling along State Route 42 and then turns and heads north on Mason Montgomery Road concluding at the Mason Municipal Center parking lot. At the conclusion of the parade, the community is encouraged to attend a special Memorial Day Ceremony beginning at 11:00 a.m. in the atrium located inside of the Mason Municipal Center.

Newport, Ky: Parade details for 2022 have not been released.

Newtown: All are welcome to participate in the Newtown parade. Line-up begins at 9am at MVCA on School Street with step-off taking place at 10am. Parade ends at Moundview Park around 10:45am.

North College Hill: Scheduled for Saturday, May 28, 2022 starting at 11am.

Park Hills: 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: Parade details for 2022 have not been released.

St. Bernard: Parade details for 2022 have not been released.

West Chester: Memorial Day ceremonies in West Chester are organized each year by local veterans groups VFW Post 7696 and American Legion Post 681. On Monday, a morning Memorial Day Parade makes its way down Cincinnati-Dayton Road through the historic Olde West Chester business district to West Chester Cemetery (a.k.a. Brookside Cemetery) on West Chester Road for a special remembrance ceremony. While the parade is in motion, members of the West Chester ~ Union Township Historical Society read aloud the names of all veterans interred at the cemetery where more than 700 are laid to rest, including 100 Civil War veterans and one Revolutionary War veteran. Motorists should expect Cincinnati Dayton Road to close between about 10 and 11 a.m. for the parade. 

Free Admission (for military):

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. 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.

Events and Ceremonies:

Memorial Day Weekend at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum

Cincinnati Warbirds: Cincinnati warbirds has an annaual Memorial Day weekend Swing Dance and USO Show to Honor Veterans on Saturday, May 28, 2022; 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 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.

The City of Edgewood (Ky) will have a Memorial Day Ceremony on May 30 at Freedom Park, 10am.

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  1. How do I submit our event? We have an annual Memorial Day weekend Swing Dance and USO Show to Honor Veterans on Saturday May 25th 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. For information go to https://www.cincinnatiwarbirds.org/events

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