Memorial Day in Dacula

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To promote patriotism and encourage area citizens and businesses to participate
in a celebration of our country's freedom on Memorial Day by honoring all
those who have served their country and paid the ultimate price for our FREEDOM.

Welcome to the OFFICIAL website for
Memorial Day in Dacula

29th Annual Memorial Day parade in Dacula

Memorial Day Monday, May 30, 2022 10:00 a.m.

The Memorial Day parade in Dacula is a solemn event intended to honor the men and
women who made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy the freedom we have today.

ALL PARADE PARTICIPANTS AND ATTENDEES are urged to practice social distancing and are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in accordance with the current CDC guidelines.

2022 Parade Theme


2022 Grand Marshal

Colonel (Ret.) Ben H. Penton
Click HERE for his Biography

What is Memorial Day all about?

Click HERE for Memorial Day Facts, Meaning and Traditions

Parade Route

Hebron Church parking lot exit to Dacula Road, turn right onto Wilson Street off Dacula Road, turn right onto Second Avenue,
cross Broad Street to Hebron Church Road (in front of Dacula High School) and continue back to Hebron Baptist Church.

Click HERE for Parade Route Map

Parade Announcing Stand Location

The parade announcing stand location will again be in front of the Shell gas station
at the corner of Dacula Road and Fence Road.
Click HERE to see location.

Traffic in Dacula on Memorial Day
Please Plan Ahead!

Due to the Memorial Day parade, traffic through Dacula will be disrupted with road closures on Memorial Day, May 30, 2022.
Safety of the event participants and spectators is most important!

Expected road closures are:

• Parade route is Dacula Road to Wilson Street to Second Avenue to Hebron Church Road. These roads will be closed at 9:30 a.m.
     Other roads in the Dacula area will be very congested as well.

• All roads will reopen at the end of the parade (sometime between 11:45 a.m. and Noon)

Residents along the parade route are urged to plan ahead and be prepared for these road closures and traffic delays.

      We ask for your patience during this event as we pause to honor our Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day.

About The Parade

The Dacula Memorial Day Parade will once again step off on Monday, May 30, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. The parade takes place rain or shine.  There is no rain date.

The parade begins at Hebron Baptist Church and proceeds South on Dacula Road towards Hwy 8, turns right on Wilson Street, turns right on Second Avenue, crosses Broad Street to Hebron Church Road and proceeds back to Hebron Baptist Church.

Founded by Marvin Atherton, the Dacula Memorial Day parade has been a proud tradition in Dacula since 1994. The parade has grown over the years and remains the only Memorial Day parade in Metro Atlanta, largest in the the state of Georgia and one of the largest in our nation with more than 150 units participating in the parade each year!

Families begin to line the street hours before the parade begins. Averaging 150 units in the parade each year, there are 10,000 + spectators lining the parade route when the parade steps off at 10:00 a.m.

The Dacula Memorial Day parade is one of the most high profile events in the metro Atlanta area on Memorial Day. It is important that we take this opportunity to honor the sacrifice made by thousands of Americans who died guarding our precious liberties and way of life. As founder of the Dacula Memorial Day parade, it is my goal to see that today's youth understand the significance of Memorial Day. For this reason, every parade unit is to focus on honoring our Fallen Heroes and display Patriotism.

The parade features Veterans, Veterans organizations, active and reserve service men and women, active and restored military vehicles, marching bands, Scouts, churches, community groups, custom designed floats, local businesses, horses, antique cars, trucks and tractors and much more!

We hope you will plan to join us while we honor those who gave their lives for our freedom!

Notice To 2022 Parade Applicants


Entry Design Guidelines - The Memorial Day Parade is held to honor the men and women who bravely sacrificed and served our country. Please keep this in mind as your organization designs and builds its entry. All parade entrants ARE REQUIRED to recognize and observe the Memorial Day parade's purpose and theme. The theme of this year's parade is: OUR FALLEN, YOUR FREEDOM.

Only 20 antique car / truck entries will be allowed in the parade. 
Only 20 antique tractor entries will be allowed in the parade.



No throwing of candy, favors or other items from parade entries. These items MUST be distributed to parade spectators by walkers alongside their parade entries and tossed in the direction of peoples feet. This is for the safety of everyone but especially for the safety of our children to keep them from running into the parade stream of vehicles to get that coveted piece of candy or favor.

No Distribution of advertising, or promotional literature, flyers, coupons, brochures, pamphlets, etc.is permitted from parade entries or walkers alongside parade entries.

All entries with animals of any kind are responsible for their animals’ health and well-being. We strongly suggest that animal owners have water available, protection from the sun and protection from the heat of the pavement. Please be responsible and clean up any “deposits” made by the animals in the staging area and along the parade route.

Inclement Weather -  While we are hoping for wonderful weather, the parade will take place rain or shine. In the event of severe weather in the area, delay of the start of the parade may occur. If the severe weather continues, the parade director and/or local authoriites may make the call to cancel the parade at that time. Safety of all parade participants and volunteers is a priority! 
Sorry, no refunds if the parade is cancelled due to weather as there is no rain date.

Want to participate in the parade next year?
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Parade Entry Form (CLOSED) and Parade Information

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2022 Parade
Entry (CLOSED)

Float Contest Rules
Parade Route

2022 Parade Participants

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