Memorial Day weekend is nearly upon us! Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day appeared in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe the holiday by visiting cemeteries or memorials, gathering with their families, attending local parades, and enjoying summertime activities.
If you’re looking for a few last-minute events to attend but aren’t sure where to start looking, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve compiled a list of 6 events taking place in Madison County this Memorial Day Weekend. Check them out below!
PB & J Festival in Highland – Love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? Come out to the very first Peanut Butter and Jelly Festival for they year on Friday, May 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy food, including free PB & J sandwiches and popcorn, plenty of fun, and great entertainment at the Plaza Square in Highland. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy the fun! This event will take place every Friday throughout the summer as well!
BoniFest 2017 in Edwardsville – Come to Edwardsville for the 32-year-old BoniFest on Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27 at St. Bonifest Catholic Church! You can enjoy a plethora of games, rides, delicious food, entertainment, and even a 5K run at this event. Admission is totally free!
Splash City’s Opening Day in Collinsville – Celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer at Splash City’s seasonal opening day on Saturday, May 27! Doors open at 11 a.m., and the fun won’t stop until 10 p.m. Enjoy the park’s 7 slides, Monsoon Mountain, Crystal Creek, the leisure pool and oasis lap pool, and, of course, the Aqua Climb Wall.
Memorial Day Biathlon in Highland – There’s still time to sign up to participate in the 38th annual Memorial Day biathlon in Highland on Monday, May 29! The main event will start at 8 a.m. at Lindendale Park and will consist of a 5-mile run, followed by a 15-mile bike ride. There will also be a 5-mile run and a 2-mile fun run beginning at 8:10 a.m. near the main entrance to Lindendale Park. Register online today at www.highlandbiathlon.org or just come out to spectate for free!
Memorial Day Parade in Alton – Experience the oldest consecutive running parade in the entire nation this year by attending Alton’s Memorial Day Parade (it’s been an annual event since 1868!)! The parade takes place on Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m. at Washington and College Avenues. Celebrate the town’s history and the brave soldiers who have served or are continuing to serve our country throughout the years. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair!
Memorial Day Parade in Collinsville – Farther south and a little later in the day, Collinsville will be holding their annual Memorial Day parade from 11 a.m. until noon. The parade will begin at the intersection of Concord and Vandalia and will head east toward the VFW Hall. After the parade, take part in a brief ceremony honoring our servicemen and women at the hall. A light lunch will be provided!
Whatever you choose to do this Memorial Day, we hope that you have a safe and enjoyable holiday. Don’t forget to thank a veteran for his or her service!