Don't miss this popular event!
Please note the time change - this year's parade starts at 9:30am.
The River Forest Service Club, River Forest Parks Foundation, River Forest Park District, and the Village of River Forest are proud sponsors of the 93rd Annual Memorial Day Parade! The Parade begins at 9:30am traveling from Constitution Park, south on Ashland Avenue to Lake Street, then west to Keystone Park, and will finish with a FREE hotdog lunch.
Parade Grand Marshal
Lieutenant JG Robert F. Berg
U.S. Navy 1961 -1969
Bob was a USNR ROTC contract student at Purdue University for 4 years and graduated as an Electrical Engineer (BS) in 1961. At Purdue, he was elected to the “Quarterdeck Society” (Navy Honorary). He was assigned as an Ensign with a “TOP SECRET” clearing, at the (DASA) Defense Atomic Support Agency’s Lake Mead Base, Las Vegas, Nevada to serve as an Atomic Weapons Production Control Officer. He oversaw inventory control, inspection, and verification of Atomic weapons. Bob was part of an inspection team that traveled to other USA DASA sites to assure that security and safety procedures were being followed. He also was assigned as the base Chemical Biological Radiological (CBR) officer after being trained at Treasure Island, San Francisco, California. He then trained all the Lake Mead personnel staff in self-protection if CBR devices were confronted. He was promoted to Lieutenant JG and after his active service was in the Naval Reserves for 6 years.
Parade sponsorship opportunities will be offered at the $1,500 and $500 levels. Each level of sponsorship offers a value of benefits depending on the sponsorship level selected. These benefits are listed in the 2018 River Forest Memorial Day Parade Sponsorship and Registration Packet.
MB Financial Bank
Pan American Bank & Trust
Wednesday Journal of Oak Park and River Forest
- The parade registration fee to participate in the Parade is $50/entry.
- Only 1 group will be allowed to register under 1 entry.
- ALL parade registrations will be required to pay the $50 fee. We will no longer waive the fee for non-profit, community, or governmental groups.
- Parade line-up will go out on Thursday, May 24.
Any individual or business interested in entering a float or walking in the parade should fill out the Registration Form by Monday, May 21st.
Forms can be dropped off or mailed to The Depot (401 Thatcher Avenue, River Forest), faxed to 708-366-6661, or emailed to email@example.com.
PARADE REGISTRATION/ SPONSORSHIP FORM
*Donations are encouraged if you cannot attend on Parade Day*