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Memorial Day Parades and Weekend Events in the Greater Denver Area

2018 List of Memorial Day Parades

Anyone can have a parade. Only Americans can have a parade to celebrate the greatest political achievements in history: establishing and repeatedly defending a country founded on the principle of individual liberty. Memorial Day, which was originally called Decoration Day because it was a day on which the graves of fallen soldiers were decorated, was established in the years after the Civil War to honor those who died in that war. Today, it is a day of remembrance of all who have died in this country's service.

Bravery. Honor. In President Lincoln's famous words, giving the last full measure of devotion to the defense of freedom. These are difficult ideas to explain to children, but it is our responsibility as parents to do it.

Start by bringing your kids to the Memorial Day Parade in your town. During the parade, demonstrate for them the solemnity and gratitude due to the veterans who march past. Take off your hats as they go by. Explain to your kids why we show respect for the flag. With them, cheer for the bands and salute the men and women in our police and fire departments. Think about those currently serving our country in the military around the world, and, perhaps, reflect with your children about the gratitude we owe their courage. If you know parents with a child in the military, take a few minutes to find a way to convey your thanks.

Click here for a brief history of Memorial Day in the U.S., courtesy of the Waterloo, NY web site. 

Click here for a list of this year's Memorial Day Ceremonies as compiled by the National Cemetery Administration

Saturday, May 26th

Denver Annual Veterans Memorial Day Tribute ceremony

May 26, 2018 ~ 10:00 am
POF Hall, Denver

Colorado Freedom Memorial 5th Anniversary Ceremony

Sat, May 26, 2018
8 am - 2 pm

Colorado Freedom Memorial   Map
756 Telluride St. Aurora, Colorado 80011
Event resides in Aurora.



WHEN: May 26
WHERE: Downtown Denver 
COST: Free 
For the eighth year in a row, the 16th Street pedestrian mall will be transformed into a massive block party with more than two dozen free rock concerts throughout the day for the annual Denver Day of Rock.

Denver Day of Rock is a free one-of-a-kind music event presented by Amp the Cause to raise awareness of the children in our community. This free event will feature five stages of live music throughout downtown Denver.

The performance areas will be along the 16th Street Mall, making it easy to roam from act to act. Food and beer gardens will be set up throughout downtown for the event, with free music rocking the city from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Denver's Day of Rock is a fundraising event for Amp the Cause, a Denver-based, non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 50 children's charities. 


Monday, May 28th

Brighton Memorial Day Remembrance

Monday May 28, 1-3pm
Elmwood Cemetary 

Territory Days

Old Colorado City-Bancroft Park

The historic district on Colorado Avenue between 23rd Street and 27th Street will come alive with live music, food, fun and entertainment for the entire family. One of the state’s largest craft vendor fairs is highlighted with features including pony rides, kids play area, petting zoo, mechanical bull, Cowboy Church Service, toy train rides, gold panning, wild west gunfight re-enactments, live blacksmithing, period costumed characters, live birds of prey, native American dancers, and two beer gardens with live music running all three days.

In observance of the “National Moment of Remembrance”, please join us in Bancroft Park on Monday, May 29th at 3 p.m. as we gather to remember our nation’s fallen Heroes, and pay respect to those who have sacrificed their Freedom and their Lives so that we may enjoy our own as citizens of the GREATEST Country in the World.