Things To Do This Weekend May 25-28

It’s the weekend once more and a long one at that! The forecast looks exquisite and the time spent together will be just as kind! Celebrate your Memorial Day in Lake County with one of the many things to do this weekend May 25-28 including great parades, ceremonies, celebrations and more. You can find our complete guide to Memorial Day in Lake County here. For all other events and happenings in Lake County, continue here.

Drop anchor and set sail for the weekend. Continue reading to discover our picks for the top things to do this weekend May 25-28.


1. Hurricane Harbor Opening Weekend / Memorial Day Weekend / Mardi Gras Hangover at Six Flags Great America

Make a splash this weekend at Hurricane Harbor’s opening weekend. Hang ten on the surfing wave simulator, catch a kahuna in the wave pool, take a trip down one of the extreme water slides or lounge on the lazy river at the Six Flags Great America water park. After you’ve cooled yourself off in the water, spend the rest of the day enjoying the Gurnee coaster mainstay. Throughout this Memorial Day weekend, the park features live entertainment, high-energy shows and more. Be one of the first people to ride the new Six Flags ride, Mardi Gras Hangover, the largest looping coaster in the world. The ride officially opens to the public on Saturday, May 26.

Saturday-Monday, May 26-28; Admission: $54.99-$74.99. Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor, 1 Great America Pkwy., Gurnee.

2. Remembering the USS Cole & Navy Tails Exhibit

On October 12, 2000, a United States Navy ship named the USS Cole was bombed in Yemen by an infamous terrorist group. In honor of Memorial Day, the National Museum of the American Sailor will pay tribute to those lost during the attack. The Naval Station Great Lakes museum will host USS Cole survivor, Master Chief Pamela Jacobson as she delivers remarks about the day. Listen to her powerful story and stick around to view artifacts on display related to the attack. After the commemoration, visit the rest of the museum to peruse the latest exhibit, Navy Tails. Attendees will learn the various roles of animals in the Navy and their importance. The Navy Tails exhibit runs through July 12.

Friday, May 25; 2 p.m. Free admission. National Museum of the American Sailor, 610 Farragut Ave., Great Lakes.


3. Food Truck Friday

A dozen food trucks are driving to the Lincolnshire Corporate Center on Friday, and you should too. Choose your favorite fare at Lincolnshire’s Food Truck Fridays from the following vendors: Marty’s Eat Wagon, Rogue Curbside Kitchen, Mothers Truckn Good Food, Mario’s Cart, Best Truckin’ BBQ, Grill Chasers, Swirl Café, Toasty Cheese, Toasty Taco, Happy Lobster and Louie B. Fresh. The foodie event occurs every two weeks through August 31.

Friday, May 25; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free admission. Lincolnshire Corporate Center, 300 Knightsbridge Pkwy., Lincolnshire.


4. Essence of Freedom 5K

Lace up your running shoes and jog or walk to Deerfield for the annual Essence of Freedom 5K. Participants will enjoy the benefits of the chip timing system and other perks throughout the race. T-shirts, goodie bags, music, food and more await runners across the finish line. Stick around after the race for the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. Proceeds from the run provide support to active duty military and veterans for expenses through Support Our Soldiers Freedom, Inc. Competitors can register online at or onsite before the race.

Monday, May 28; 8:45 a.m. Admission: $45. Corner of Orchard Street and Todd Court behind Runner’s Village, 849 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield.


5. Illinois Brass Band Memorial Day Concert

The Illinois Brass Band boasts a large repertoire of accolades and musical backgrounds to form one phenomenally talented group. Enjoy an afternoon of free, outstanding music in honor of Memorial Day at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center this Sunday. Revel in sounds from the 30-person roster on the center’s lawn by the outdoor amphitheater. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside the center.

Sunday, May 27; 2 p.m. Free admission. Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, 2007 Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach.

Honorable Mentions:

***All events will occur Monday, May 28***

Grayslake’s Memorial Day Parade
Downtown Grayslake; 9:30 a.m.
Route: Lake St to Junior Avenue to Memorial Park

Libertyville Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
Cook Park and Lakeside Cemetary; 9:30 a.m.
Route: Commuter Train Station to Cook Park

Lake Zurich’s Memorial Day Parade
Lake Zurich’s American Legion & Downtown; 10 a.m.
Route: 51 Lions Dr. to Veterans Monument at 200 Mohawk Trl./brief service to follow

Mundelein Memorial Day Parade
Mundelein Metra Station; 10 a.m. Route: New Village Hall -west on Hawley St to Greenview Avenue – Memorial Park

Waukegan’s Memorial Day Parade
Downtown Waukegan; 10:30 a.m.Route: South from Genesee Street & Grand Avenue -west on Clayton Street south on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, west on Washington Street ending at Veterans Memorial Plaza at West and Washington Streets

Village of Lincolnshire’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
Spring Lake Park; 10 a.m.

Memorial Day Ceremony in Gurnee
Gurnee Veterans Memorial Park; noon
Rain Location: American Legion Post

Other Lake County Events

For more things to do this weekend May 25-28, continue here.

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