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Main Line Memorial Day Events and Activities

From Gladwyne to Malvern and beyond, the Main Line area celebrates Memorial Day with a bang.


Memorial Day is nearly here, so get out your red-white-and-blue everything! Decorate your bikes, strollers, and selves in stars and stripes, and come out to honor our country’s heroes with parades, fireworks, festivals, and more. 

Neighborhood Parades

Ardmore Memorial Day Parade

May 27, 10:30 am 
Lancaster and Greenfield avenues, Ardmore


The day will begin with the Merion Concert Band playing military service songs and patriotic selections in front of the Township Building at 9:45 am The parade begins at 10:30 am, traveling toward the Township Building, ending at St. Paul’s Cemetery for the Memorial Day Service at 11:30 am.

Gladwyne Memorial Day Parade and Block Party

May 27, Parade assembly at 11 am, beginning at noon
Behind Gladwyne Park, Gladwyne


This commemorative day is sponsored by the Gladwyne Civic Association and held in the heart of the village, with a parade followed by a ceremony honoring our veterans, with the food, fun, and entertainment of the block to follow.

Narberth Memorial Day Parade

May 27, 9:30 – 11 am
Windsor Avenue, Narberth


Parade line-up starts at 8:30 am on Windsor Avenue. The procession begins promptly at 9:30 am.

Collegeville-Trappe Parade and Community Day

May 27, 10 am
Beginning at Augustus Lutheran Church on Seventh Avenue, Trappe


The parade ends at Waterworks Park at noon with a Remembrance Observance followed by a Community Day, featuring great food, live music, and free entertainment and games for kids. Each year the parade attracts about 800 participants and over 3,000 area residents. 

Media Memorial Day Parade

May 27, 10 – 10:45 am 
The Barrall Field at State and Edgemont streets, Media


The parade includes veterans, Penncrest marching band, and community organizations. The procession will move up State Street to Orange and will end at the Courthouse for a short ceremony to honor those who gave their lives to our country.

Radnor Memorial Day Parade

May 27, 9:45 am
Behind 555 Lancaster Avenue, St Davids, to the Radnor Memorial, Wayne


A brief Memorial Ceremony will immediately follow the parade at the corner of Runnymede and South Wayne avenues.

Malvern Memorial Day Parade

June 2, 1:30 pm
Malvern Fire Station on King Street, to Memorial Park, downtown Malvern


The Upper Main Line Memorial Association will sponsor the 151st Annual Memorial Parade in the Borough of Malvern. Recognized as the oldest Memorial Commemoration in America. After the Parade on Sunday, the 203rd Memorial Ceremony will take a moment to remember and pay tribute to those who have defended our freedom or simply may deserve our gratitude by encouraging those in attendance to place a ribbon on the Malvern Tree of Honor.

Kennett Square Memorial Day 

May 27, 10 am
Starting at Kennett High School, to Union Hill Cemetery, Kennett Square


Kennett Square’s largest parade features over 1,000 participants including a variety of musical entertainment, historic re-enactors, antique vehicles, the Mummers, local bands and sports teams, Aztec dancers, drum lines, Dragon/Lion Dance Club, a Viking ship, and much more.


Festivals, Celebrations, and More!

Memorial Day Celebration and Fireworks at Sesame Place

May 25–26 (fireworks on May 26 only)

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne


Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with everyone’s favorite friends, and take a patriotic photo with Elmo in his red, white, and blue attire. On Sunday, be sure to stick around for an impressive display of fireworks.

Memorial Day Carillon Concert in Valley Forge

May 27, 2:00 pm
Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge National Historical Park

This free, outdoor concert by Doug Gefvert features patriotic selections and works by American composers. Rain or shine! Sponsored by the Washington Memorial Heritage.

Longwood Garden’s Festival of Fountains

Fountain shows ongoing in May. Fireworks on May 26, 9:15 pm
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square


Catch show after spectacular show throughout Memorial Day weekend, of colorful displays of 1,719 fountain jets – spinning and dancing, soaring as high as 175 feet.

Chadds Ford Winery Memorial Day Country Music Festival

May 25 – 27, beginning at 11  am
632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford


A free, family-friendly, three-day event full of food truck fare, wine and spirits, and live country music in the open air as it’s meant to be heard! Pack snacks and a picnic blanket. All wine and food purchases are pay-as-you-go. 

Devon Horse Show Tribute to Heroes

May 27, 6:30 pm
23 Dorset Road, Devon


Admission is free for active and retired military, as well as police, fire, and EMTs. At 6:30pm, join the Tribute to Heroes recognition ceremony in the Dixon Oval, featuring local military and emergency responders including an Honor Guard of local emergency first responders.



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Photograph by Aaron Swartz.



Contributing Writer