With Memorial Day celebrations put on hold last year due to the pandemic, many Americans are ready to get out and remember all the men and women that died in service of our country.

The COVID vaccine has made it possible for many people to feel safe and comfortable celebrating the holiday that also marks the unofficial kickoff to summer with friends and family – some for the first time since the coronavirus crisis hit the U.S. back in March 2020.

Topping the list of many Americans this holiday weekend are parades, as there is no better way to honor U.S. servicemen and women.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also said that parades are safe for people who have been vaccinated to attend. However, the agency has said it is a high-risk activity for people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Here are some of the biggest cities hosting parades or livestreamed events this Memorial Day.

Washington, D.C.

National Memorial Day Parade

Schedule: Monday at 5 p.m. EST (3 hours)

Route: Parade will pass alongside the National Mall on Constitution Ave between 7th and 17th Streets.

Livestreamed Event (not open to the public): On ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, and CW stations. Watch Online.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

154th Gettysburg Memorial Day Parade

Schedule: Monday at 2 p.m. EDT

Route: Lefever St. to Middle St. to Baltimore St. to the Soldiers’ National Cemeter y.

Special Events: A Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. EDT in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.

New York City

Kings County Memorial Day Parade in Brooklyn

Schedule: Monday at 11 a.m. EDT

Route: Along 3rd Ave. to Marine Ave. Make a left to Fort Hamilton Parkway. Make a left to 92nd St. Make a right to 7th Ave. Make a right the VA Hospital.

Special Events: A memorial service will be held after the parade. Special guests include Hope for the Warriors and the Veterans Corps of Artillery.

The Little Neck Douglaston Memorial Day Parade - Queens

Schedule: Monday at 1 p.m. EDT

Livestreamed: Opening Ceremonies or Line of Marches


Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade

Schedule: Livestreamed Event, Monday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST

Tune In: www.facebook.com/ChicagoDCASE or www.twitter/ChicagoDCASE

Special Events: Keynote Speaker Sergeant Major of the Army Michael A. Grinston and special musical Commission by Orbert Davis.