Memorial Day weekend is a time for reflection. It’s a time to look back and remember the sacrifices of our best and bravest men and women who fought for our country. Secondarily, Memorial Day Weekend is also the unofficial kickoff of summer. With that in mind, here’s a brief guide featuring five things to do Memorial Day Weekend in the Quad Cities.
1. The Quad Cities Criterium Bike Race
The Annual Quad Cities Criterium Bike Race is on the move, quite literally. For the first time the Memorial Day weekend bike race will take place in the Village of East Davenport, Monday, May 26th. Events get underway at 9 Am with the Juniors races and continue into the late afternoon with the Professional racers taking to the course at 4 Pm. There is no cost to watch the races and with the races now taking place in the Village of East Davenport food will plentiful and tasty.
2. Princesses and Pirates Day at Niabi Zoo
Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 24th, kids and their parents can celebrate “Princesses and Pirates Day” at the Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley. Kids who come to the zoo dressed as either Princesses or Pirates will receive a free gift. Admission prices are $8.25 for adults and $6.25 for little Princesses and Pirates.
3. Quad City Home School Band 10th Annual Showcase
Groups of talented home schooled musicians will take the stage of the Redstone Room in downtown Davenport Friday, May 23rd for the Quad City Home School Band 10th Annual Showcase. This unique Memorial Day weekend event shines a spotlight on kids who may not have the benefit of regular music courses but have nevertheless excelled. Admission is free and the kids take the stage from 5 Pm to 6 Pm.
4. The North American Midway Fair
Rides, games, prizes and more are promised at the North American Midway Fair happening at Southpark Mall, in the parking lot, Monday, May 26th. North American Midway Fairs brings the simple pleasures of a typical carnival in a smaller, easy take in form to malls and event centers around the country. Tickets information is available at the North American Midway website.
5. Memorial Day Ceremony with American Legion Post 227
And finally, celebrating what this weekend is really about are the folks with American Legion Post 227 in East Moline. The American Legion will host a tribute ceremony at the 9th street commons, at the corner of 9th and 15th streets in East Moline, beginning at 1 Pm. There will be a presentation of the colors and Retired Command Sergeant Major Stephen Blake will speak. The event is free to the public and you can get more information by calling the Legion Post at 309-755-6072.