Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade Canceled Due to Coronavirus COVID-19 Mitigation Procedures

US Marines at Memorial Day parade
US Marines at Memorial Day parade in 2012.

The 2020 Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade has been cancelled because of the Coronavirus 2019-2020 Pandemic. Memorial Day is May 25, 2020. Cancellation of the Arlington Heights parade was announced Wednesday, April 22, 3030.

Coronavirus COVID-19 mitigation procedures are likely to stay in place at least through mid-May and possibly to the end of May 2020. Authorities, including Gov. JB Pritzker have stated they do not yet have a precise date or time period when the transition, releasing the Stay-at-Home order, will occur.

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Many parade participants from 2019 already indicated to officials for the Memorial Day Parade that they would not likely participate in the 2020 parade over concerns of risk of infection with Coronavirus COVID-19. High school marching band activities and practices have been canceled and restricted by school district administrators since March 2020.

As you know, the Memorial Day Ceremony addresses the true reason for Memorial Day – to honor and remember our Nation’s Fallen Heroes.

— Greg Padovani

The traditional declaration of the 58 names of military service members from Arlington Heights who died in service to the nation during conflicts from the Civil War to the war in Afghanistan will be read aloud during a 2020 Memorial Day ceremony, but organizers will conduct and record the annual Memorial Day ceremony without a crowd of public spectators. Instead organizers will broadcast the ceremony on the official Village of Arlington Heights public access cable television channel, and post the ceremony online beginning May 25, 2020.


U.S. Marines on Euclid Avenue at Memorial Day Parade, Arlington Heights in 2012.

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