Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and no other town in the Quad Cities Area celebrates quite like this one. That’s right, it is time for the Colona Memorial Day Festival!

The Colona Memorial Day celebration started as a small-town parade forty-nine years ago and has now exploded into a four-day festival of fun! People come from all over to enjoy the carnival rides and games, food vendors, beer garden concerts, horseshoe tournament and parade.

 

Here is this year’s schedule of events:

Thursday, May 23

Carnival Hours: 5 – 9 p.m. ($20 armbands for unlimited rides 5-9 p.m.)

 

Friday, May 24

Carnival Hours: 5 p.m. – Midnight ($20 armbands for unlimited rides 6-10 p.m.)

8 p.m.    Beer Garden Concert: Code 415 (Free admission, must be 21, drink tickets $3 each or 7 for $20)

 

Saturday, May 25

Carnival Hours: 12 p.m. – Midnight ($20 armbands for unlimited rides 1 – 5 p.m. and 6 – 10 p.m.)

9 a.m.    Colona Memorial Day Festival Horseshoe Tournament

8 p.m.    Beer Garden Concert: North of 40 (Free admission, must be 21, drink tickets $3 each or 7 for $20)

 

Sunday, May 26

Carnival Hours: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. ($20 armbands for unlimited rides 12 – 5 p.m.)

2 p.m.    49th Annual Colona Memorial Day Parade (Parade route begins at 2nd Avenue, continues onto Route 84 and turns off at Colona City Hall)

 

The theme for the 48th Annual Colona Memorial Day Parade is “You’re a Grand Ole Flag”. This year’s Grand Marshal is Cheri Powell.

The Parade Award Ceremony will be held in the Colona Veteran’s Pavilion on the Hennepin Parkway next to the Colona Fire Department immediately following the parade.

The Colona Memorial Day Festival is like none other and should not be missed! Make sure to check out their Facebook page for updates and next year’s information at: https://www.facebook.com/ColonaMemorialDayFestival/.

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Tess Abney was born and raised in the Quad Cities. Her passion for writing and entertainment was apparent at a very young age. Whether it is sharing local events and businesses with readers or sharing her thoughts on life, she finds comfort in the way words can bring people together.