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Updated / Things to do around Naperville Memorial Day weekend: May 24-27



Brats at Kreger’s / 10AM to 3PM Fridays and Saturdays at Kreger’s Brat and Sausage Haus – 606 N. Ellsworth Naperville, IL 60563 / Stop by for lunch, conversation and camaraderie. Let Bill know that you know his wurst is the best, especially for weekend grilling this spring and plans for upcoming graduation get-togethers.

Buddy Poppy Days / Now through Sunday / Buddy Poppy Days are now in progress at a shopping destination near you. Thanks for keeping a little loose cash available in your pocket this week to help support needs of Veterans when you see volunteers with Buddy Poppies today thru May 26. Wear Buddy Poppies to the Memorial Day Parade on Monday. https://www.positivelynaperville.com/…/buddy…/143084

Saturday & Sunday

Gift Cards for Merry Month of May Occasions! Available during store hours in downtown Naperville, purchase gift cards for graduations, teacher gifts, coaches and many upcoming special occasions. Valid for use at over 150 downtown shops, spas, restaurants, and Hotel Indigo, too. Downtown Naperville gift cards may be purchased in any amount from $10-$500. Find Gift Cards at three locations today: J. McLaughlin, 216 S. Main St.; Sea Love | A Candle Bar & Boutique, 120 Water Street, Suite 104; and Karisma Boutique, 232 S. Washington St. Click here for more info about DNA Gift Cards good every day! And…Congratulations to all high school and college graduates!

Centennial Beach opens for the summer season through Labor Day / Weather permitting, enjoy The Beach, located in the heart of the City at 500 Jackson Avenue.

Enjoy Every Day at Quigley’s Irish Pub / 11AM / Quigley’s Irish Pub is located at 43 E. Jefferson Ave in downtown Naperville / Quigley’s Irish Pub features live music Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well as a good place for all types of special events. Meanwhile, stop by for a cool pint and honest pub fare EDAQ, Every Day at Quigley’s. Patio is open, weather permitting. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome on the patio, too.

Reserve a Table at Mesón Sabika / Find a choice in dining rooms and private spaces at Mesón Sabika to sample Spanish tapas and delicious sangria for lunch and dinner. Located just west of downtown Naperville at 1025 Aurora Avenue, Mesón Sabika has been serving the community since 1990. Built in 1847, the historic mansion with eight air-conditioned dining rooms is set in a beautifully landscaped four-acre estate, providing a welcoming sight with plenty of parking for lunch, dinner, special events, benefits, weddings, meetings and family gatherings throughout the year. Patio season has begun! Note also that Meson Sabika is now taking reservations for Father’s Day.

Century Walk Tours Every Day / Around the Clock – Daylight / The recently published 88-page Naperville Century Walk Public Art Guide to more than 50 locations featuring local stories with public art by renown artists is now available at the Naperville Art League Gallery, Naper Settlement, Hotel Indigo and the Naperville Municipal Center. Pick up a free copy today. Then take a self-guided tour.

Take a moment to pause and reflect at the Dan Shanower Sept. 11 Memorial where a Century Walk sculpture, “Lean on Us” features a 2,000-pound steel beam from the WTC, pieces of limestone from the Pentagon and American black granite from Pennsylvania. (PN File Photo, early one evening)

Monday – Memorial Day

Remembrances with Wreaths / 7:45AM / Dan Shanower Sept. 11 Memorial located along the Riverwalk behind the Naperville Municipal Center. American Legion Riders and the Naperville Trolley will participate to transport Veterans to wreath-laying ceremonies at various Veterans monuments throughout town, including 8:35AM in Veterans Park with the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, located at 300 Gartner Road.

7:45AM Service at City Hall (Dan Shanower Memorial)
8:15AM Service at G.A.R. Monument in Naperville Cemetery (south side)
8:35AM Service at Veterans Park (100 E. Gartner Road)
9AM  Service at Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery (911 North Avenue)
9:25AM Service at Burlington Square (307 N. Ellsworth Street)

10:20AM Service along Jackson Avenue across from Veterans Plaza along the Riverwalk

Veterans’ organizations, first responders, local scouts and school marching bands as well as the Naperville Municipal Band parade throughout town to pay tribute for the many sacrifices that are observed every Memorial Day. (PN File Photo)

Naperville Memorial Day Parade / 10:30AM in downtown Naperville / The Naperville Memorial Day Parade kicks off at 10:30AM on Monday, May 27. The route starts at Centennial Beach, heads east on Jackson Avenue, turn north on Main Street, turns east on Benton Street across Washington Street, ending at Court Place by Central Park. Spectators sport red, white and blue; many wear Buddy Poppies, stand for Veterans; and applaud with appreciation to recognize service and sacrifices.

Message from 2024 Naperville Memorial Day Observance Chairman

Since the Revolutionary War, Americans have answered the call to duty and made the ultimate sacrifice so that we, and many around the world, can enjoy the fruits of the greatest nation the world has ever known. On Monday, May 27, we will pause in quiet reverence to reflect on the incredible dedication of these valiant men and women and their families.

Please join the members of Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 and Naperville American Legion Post 43, as we honor these heroes on Memorial Day. Ceremonies begin at 7:35AM at the Dan Shanover Memorial and other military monuments around Naperville, followed by the parade stepping off at 10:15AM from the corner of Jackson Ave. and West St.

Events conclude at Central Park with a performance by the Naperville Municipal Band, and the Great Lakes Naval Training Center Band, Bugle Corps and Silent Drill Team.

Semper Fidelis —Leo Jaime, Commander Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873

Observance in Naperville Central Park / Noon / Immediately following the Naperville Memorial Day Parade, a 30-minute ceremony will pay tribute to the Armed Services with brief speeches as well as patriotic music performed by the Naperville Municipal Band and the Great Lakes Naval Training Center Band, Bugle Corps and Silent Drill Team. A wreathing laying at the historic Black Hawk War Memorial, dedicated to Soldiers and Sailors of Du Page County, will capture the solemn importance of this day of remembrance. Park benches are available. Some attendees bring their own chairs.

Dine Downtown Naperville / Noon & All Day / After Memorial Day observances, stick around and enjoy free time indulging in all that downtown has to offer, including the holiday weekend sales many of our shops and restaurants are offering. Embrace the opportunity to honor the spirit of the weekend while spending quality time with family and friends. What’s more, Lou Malnati’s (with its new expanded patio); Cookie Dough Creations (ice cream by the scoop in a cup or cone) and La Sorella di Francesca are three businesses that arrived on the downtown scene 30 years ago! Cheers!

National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. LIVE on TV / 1PM / On Memorial Day, hundreds of veterans who served during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 will be in our nation’s Capital to honor those who have died during their military service. Naperville resident Gene O. Garcia will march in one of the largest groups of veterans in the National Memorial Day Parade on Constitution Avenue in Washington, DC. The parade is broadcast live via Chicago affiliate CBS and produced by the American Veterans Center.

National Moment of Remembrance / 3PM / No matter where you stand or where you are, take a moment on Memorial Day to be grateful to all who sacrificed for your many blessings and freedoms.

Every Day… Dine Naperville!

Remember! Come visit Naperville where Lake Osborne offers fishing, picnicking, walking trail and plenty of wildflowers. Just please don’t eat the daisies. (PN Photo)

Every day… Visit Naperville!

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Thanks for reading! Stay safe.

Have a good weekend.


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