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Carnival, pool opening and more planned this Memorial Day weekend in Bolingbrook

BOLINGBROOK – Bolingbrook will celebrate Memorial Day remembrances, carnivals and the opening of Pelican Harbor Aquatic Park this weekend.

The 22nd annual Bolingbrook Grey Core Memorial Day Weekend Carnival will run Thursday through Monday at Village Hall, 375 W. Briarcliff Road.

Featuring games, rides, food and other carnival attractions, the annual carnival is hosted by nonprofit community organization Bolingbrook Grey Core, which recently announced that the generated proceeds will finance the construction of a new James Meyer Park picnic shelter.

Carnival admittance is free and ride tickets can be purchased for $1 each, with discounts available when purchasing a sheet of 44 tickets.

The carnival will be open 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday.

For more information about the upcoming carnival or the James Meyer Park hours and availability, visit:

On Monday, the Boardman Cemetery will be open to the public for tours, activities and remembrance demonstrations from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Members of the Bolingbrook Historic Preservation Commission will be stationed at the Royce Road cemetery to direct patrons, answer questions about the cemetery's history and inform attendees about some of the famous inhabitants.

Additionally, the Bolingbrook Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion will lead a memorial service, beginning at 10 a.m. at the cemetery.

Boardman Cemetery, which is the final resting-place for many of the first settlers of DuPage Township, dates back to 1832. It was all but forgotten for nearly three decades, until accidentally "rediscovered" by a curious teenager who stumbled across it in 1972.

Memorial Day weekend also marks the re-opening of the Bolingbrook Park District's Pelican Harbor Outdoor Aquatic Park.

At noon Saturday, the water park's "preseason hours," which extend through Sunday, June 2, take effect. During preseason hours, Pelican Harbor will remain open noon to 6 p.m.

The park's regular summer hours are noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. There are also twilight hours – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays.

Park attractions include a lazy river, four water slides, a water playground, a sand recreation area, beach volleyball courts, concession stands, picnic tables and changing rooms.

Admission to Pelican Harbor park is $15, or $8 with a resident identification. Pelican Passes cost $78, or $56 with resident identification.

For more information about Pelican Harbor Outdoor Aquatic Park, visit:

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