Whatcom Memorial Day Parade

May 25th, 2019 12 NOON

Celebrating Our Communities, Remembering Our Heroes.

It's true the Blossomtime parade was canceled for 2018, however, The Whatcom County Marine Corps League Detachment 1335, has taken over the parade effort and has succeeded in ensuring a Memorial Day parade this year.

The Daniel B. Bartle Marine Corps League Detachment 1335 is sponsoring the 2018 parade and will continue to sponsor future Memorial Day parades. The theme this year is Celebrating Our Communities, Remembering Our Heroes.

Many of you already know that this parade has been an event here in Bellingham beginning in 1920 and is an integral part of our communities. Memorial Day is the Federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

We have had very strong feedback indicating that our communities still really want to continue the Memorial Day parade, and we need your help.




If you can assist us with a donation, please contact:

Phillip Carroll
Marine Corps League Parade Chairman
(360) 930-9267

Make checks payable to:
Whatcom Memorial Day Parade

On the MEMO line write:
Memorial Day Parade

Mail to:
Whatcom Memorial Day Parade
1225 E Sunset Dr. Ste 145 PMB 444
Bellingham WA 98226

Thank you!



You thought it was gone. But these Marines hope to save a beloved Bellingham parade.

March 12, 2018 01:08 PM
Updated March 12, 2018 04:02 PM

A Marine Corps league based in Bellingham is raising $30,000 to save a parade that began in 1920 and has helped kick off Ski to Sea weekend in recent decades.

Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce announced earlier this year that it would no longer put on the Blossomtime Parade in May, citing a lack of support, difficulty in attracting parade entries and a desire to refocus the chamber’s resources and staff.

The parade traces its heritage to the first Tulip Time Festival Parade in 1920. That event faded after 1929, due to the depression, World War I and the flight of the tulip-growing industry to Skagit County... Continue Reading Article

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Our 2018 Key Sponsors

COB Logo

SSC Bellingham Parade Sponsor

Brooks Manufacturing Co.

Other Sponsors:



Whatcom Allied Veterans Council









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