Our Marshall High School seniors are anxiously looking forward to their graduation day. The official last day of school is May 23, 2023, but on May 26, our class of 2023 will flip their tassels, toss their mortar boards high in the air, and say goodbye to school days in Marshall. We wish them all the best life can offer as they go on to college and work experiences. But before we let them go, we hope they will enjoy a great summer in their hometown.
We all look forward to the summer here in Marshall. Just a few days after graduation, we will all experience Memorial Day Weekend, which marks the beginning of the summer season. There is always something to do, fun to be had, and events to attend.
Some Summer Staples Here in Marshall:
Summer Sports Camps
There will be camps for boys and girls basketball, volleyball, and football. Check out the details on the school website at – https://www.marshallk12.net/documents/summer-athletic-camps/323270
The Marshall Community Pool
The town pool will open for the season in just a few days. Season and daily passes are available, as well as swimming lessons which start in mid-July. Water aerobics and private lessons will also be offered. The pool is open to all ages, even the little ones you can take to toddler time. Private parties can be arranged in advance, and you can start booking those now. The slide is super popular, but you must be 48 inches tall and be able to swim without a floatation device or life jacket to enjoy the ride. Sliders go one at a time, and children are not allowed to sit on an adult’s lap.
The Marshall Farmers Market
This popular Marshall mainstay opens Friday, June 2, and repeats every Friday night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm throughout the summer. Vendors selling produce, plants, flowers, honey, and various crafts will be set up around the town square. Our Marshall Community Band will perform each Friday starting at 8 pm as the market winds down, so bring your blankets and camp chairs and enjoy music in the warm night air under the stars of Illinois. There will also be an ice cream social, and the Lion’s Club will pop delicious popcorn so you won’t go hungry.
If you want to learn more about Marshall, take a historic walking tour. These will be offered to start at 6:30 every Friday evening and will feature a different location and element of our town. These tours are a treat for our out-of-town visitors and locals alike. So much history happened in Marshall, and there is much to learn.
Outdoor Activities at Marshall’s Wonderful Parks
Marshall is known for its outstanding green spaces and wonderful State parks. Whether you love fishing, boating, hiking, camping, or all, Marshall has what you’re looking for. If it’s just a day at the park with the kids or a romantic picnic, you will find the right spot without looking past the edge of town.
Let’s Not Forget Why We Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend.
Yes, we love the barbeques and parties, the sight of flags flying all over town, and the joyful knowledge that Summer is finally here. But let’s remember that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. For more than 20 years, Americans have had the “National Moment of Remembrance.” At 3 pm local time on Memorial Day, we ask everyone to take a few minutes to stop and reflect on those brave souls who have died defending our country.
If you know a veteran, please take time to thank them for their service. Many of them returned from wars and difficult deployments to less-than-perfect homecoming responses. They deserve our appreciation for all their sacrifices to keep us safe and honor our values and way of life.
If you know a serviceman or woman, remember that this is their day too. While we celebrate those we have lost, we must also not forget that joining the military means giving up many of the civilian privileges that we take for granted so that those of us at home can live better lives.
Whatever your plans, welcome to Summer, Marshall. Break out the sunscreen and have a blast. Make all you can make out of this wonderful time of year in one of the best little towns in America.