Here are some facts, schedules and other information you might want to know for the 2018 Memorial Day holiday:
Hot will be the theme for the Memorial Day weekend. Expect highs near 90 Saturday through Monday. Saturday and Monday will feature sunny skies while there is a chance for afternoon thunderstorms on Sunday.
• The Memorial Day parade on Monday in Eau Claire will follow its traditional route, starting at Wilson Park on Barstow Street, continuing on Lake Street and ending on First Avenue at Owen Park at the UW-Eau Claire parking lot. The parade begins at 9:30 a.m.
Army veterans and brothers Richard and Robert Drinkman will be the featured speakers at a Memorial Day program after the parade at Boyd Band Shell in Owen Park. Both are graduates of North High School.
The community and all veterans organizations are invited to participate in a Memorial Day worship service at 9 a.m. Sunday at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 1915 Hogeboom Ave.
Memorial and decoration ceremonies will be Saturday at 10:30 and 11 a.m., respectively, at Lakeview and Forest Hill cemeteries.
The events are sponsored by the Eau Claire Patriotic Council.
• The Menomonie Patriotic Council will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Evergreen Cemetery near Lake Menomin in Menomonie. The guest speaker will be Navy Petty Officer Third Class Richard Lynghaug. Because of the length of the program, spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. The road to the cemetery closes at 9:30 a.m. and stays closed through the ceremony. In case of heavy rain, services will be moved to the Veterans Center of Menomonie, E4710 Highway BB, which is two miles north of Menomonie on Highway 25.
Other Dunn County Memorial Day programs on Monday will be at 7:45 a.m. at Hay River Cemetery, 8:30 a.m. at Zion Cemetery and St. Henry’s Church in Eau Galle, 9:15 a.m. at New Haven Cemetery, 9:45 a.m. at Connorsville Lutheran Cemetery, 10:15 a.m. at Chimney Rock, 11 a.m. at Hay River Town Hall, 11:30 a.m. at Wheeler Cemetery, 1 p.m. at Lucas Cemetery and 3 p.m. at Potters Field in Menomonie.
• The Chippewa Falls Memorial Day parade will start at 10:15 a.m. Monday from the parking lot at BMO Harris Bank, 411 N. Bridge St. Parade marshal is Vietnam War Navy veteran Leroy Jansky. The parade will feature bands from Chippewa Falls and McDonell high schools. Veterans, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are welcome to march in the parade.
The parade will end at the band shell at Irvine Park. Vietnam War Army veteran Stephen Gilbertson will be the featured speaker during a ceremony following the parade at 11 a.m. at the band shell. The Chippewa Falls High School and McDonell High School bands will provide music, and other speakers include Chippewa Falls Mayor Greg Hoffman, Peter Herron, Simon Arneberg and Kaitlyn Ortmann.
In other Chippewa County events, memorial programs will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Veterans Home at Chippewa Falls, 2175 E. Park Ave., and at 10 a.m. Sunday at Bateman English Lutheran Cemetery on Highway X. A memorial ceremony will be at 9 a.m. Monday at Prairie View Cemetery in Lake Hallie.
• A Memorial Day ceremony will be at 3 p.m. Monday at The Highground, a veterans memorial park about four miles west of Neillsville on U.S. 10. Guest speakers will be Major General Donald Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general, and Joel Brockman, the father of Sgt. Andrew Wallace, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2005. At 11:30 a.m. at The Highground the names of Wisconsin residents who were killed or missing in action in the Korean and Vietnam wars and through the present day will be read. At 2 p.m., the Memorial Day Honor Ride Motorcycle Rally will enter The Highground. Motorcycle routes are coming in from Reedsburg, Merrill, Waupaca, Minneapolis, Neillsville, Medford, Appleton, Eau Claire and Tomah.
• A Memorial Day ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery just off U.S. 53, three miles south of Spooner.
Several construction projects in west-central Wisconsin could inconvenience travelers during the Memorial Day weekend:
• Expect lane closures for work on the town of Eagle Point, O’Neil Creek and Bridge Street bridges on Highways 124 and 64 in Chippewa County.
• Lane closures will be in effect for work on the Red Cedar Bridge on U.S. 12 in Menomonie.
• Construction on Interstate 94 from 250th Street to Wilson Creek in Dunn County will result in lane closures.
• In Eau Claire County, work on the Hobbs Road Bridge and Highway I Bridge on I-94 will result in lane closures.
• Single-lane traffic will be in effect on Highway 37 from Mondovi to Eau Claire for concrete removal and replacement.
• Bridge work in Jackson County, on Highway 95 in Hixton and on Highway 54 in Black River Falls, could lead to lane closures and restrictions.
• Various sections of I-94 under construction in St. Croix County will result in lane closures.
For Wisconsin road construction conditions, call 511 or check the state Department of Transportation’s website at dot.wisconsin.gov.
The DOT expects to halt construction in most highway work zones by noon Friday and resume at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Peak travel times for the Memorial Day weekend are expected to occur between noon and 8 p.m. on both Friday and Monday.
• Motorists will pay a lot more for gas than they did during Memorial Day 2017. The American Automobile Association of Wisconsin said the average price of a gallon of self-serve unleaded gas in the state is $2.90, which is 29 cents more than a month ago and 56 cents more than last Memorial Day.
AAA estimates 41.5 million Americans will travel for the holiday weekend, which will be 5 percent more travelers than last year. That will create the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005, AAA said.
Government offices in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire and Menomonie are closed Memorial Day.
Also closed Monday are: Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 W. Central St.; Menomonie Public Library, 600 Wolske Bay Road; and L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, 400 Eau Claire St.
Garbage pickup in Altoona, Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire will be pushed back one day next week.
Financial institutions with personal service will be closed Memorial Day.
The Chippewa Valley Museum in Carson Park will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day.
The Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum in Carson Park is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Memorial Day.
The Chippewa Valley Railroad Association begins its miniature train rides in Carson Park on Memorial Day. The rides are available from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children.
WQOW-TV (Channel 18) will carry the Indianapolis 500 beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday. WEUX-TV (Channel 48) will air the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 race at 5 p.m. Sunday.
The Eau Claire Cavaliers amateur baseball team will host Sparta Miller at 3 p.m. Sunday and the Eau Claire Bears at 1 p.m. Monday. Both games are at Carson Park.