Summer is upon us! Well, almost. Memorial Day is the perfect opportunity to enjoy quality time outside at a local parade, enjoying the beautiful outdoors while also taking the time to honor the brave service people who have given their lives in the service of our country. 

Grab your sunscreen and folding chairs and head out to one of the Memorial Day parades on our list. This is by no means a comprehensive list, so if you have a favorite we missed, be sure to let us know! 

CAMBRIDGE – Memorial Day Parade and Picnic

  • Village Veterans Park, 100 E Main St, Cambridge
  • May 27th, 2024 / 10:00 – 11:00 am 

CROSS PLAINS – Memorial Day Parade & Chicken BBQ

  • American Legion Park, 2217 American Legion Dr, Cross Plains
  • May 27th, 2024 / 10:00 – 4:00 pm (Parade steps off at 11 am) 

DEFOREST – Memorial Day Parade

  • Veterans Memorial Park, 209 N Main St, DeForest
  • May 27th, 2024 / 11:45 am 

MADISON – Solemn Pride Memorial Day Parade

  • 120 E Lakeside St, Madison
  • May 27th, 2024 / 9:30 – 11:00 am 

MCFARLAND – Memorial Day Parade

  • American Legion Post, 5911 Burma Rd, McFarland 
  • May 27th, 2024 / 12 pm – 1 pm 

MONONA – Memorial Day Parade

  • Monona Drive: Monona Grove High School, turning onto Pflaum Rd, to Sennett Middle School, Monona
  • May 27th, 2024 / 10:00 – 11:00 am 

NEW GLARUS – Memorial Day Parade

  • American Legion Post, 5911 Burma Rd, McFarland 
  • May 27th, 2024 / 12 pm – 1 pm


And while it’s not exactly a parade, no mention of Memorial Day weekend would be complete without the World’s Largest Brat Fest! The annual brat extravaganza is held on Willow Island at the Alliant Energy Center. 

  • Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 25th
  • Live music, events for all ages, carnival, Kids Zone, food stands galore, fireworks and BRATS! 

How do you plan to spend your Memorial Day weekend?

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