COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — The state's largest Memorial Day parade kicks off at  9:30 a.m. Monday morning in Commerce City.

The 1.5-mile parade route steps off at East 64th Avenue and Newport Street and ends near the Eagle Pointe Recreation Center at 6060 East Parkway Drive.

It's the 55th year for the family-friendly, annual parade which honors veterans for their service to the country. This year's event will feature more than 70 military units, bands, floats, antique cars, dance groups, and horse entries.

parade route cropped_1527508646956.png.jpg
Commerce City Memorial Day parade route

Prior to the parade, the city will host a ceremony at Veteran's Memorial Park, 6015 Forest Drive at 8:45 a.m. to honor the men and women who have died while serving our country. 

The ceremony will recognize this year's grand marshal: U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Thad Harvey, a veteran of multiple combat tours in Afghanistan and more than 16 years of Army service. The ceremony will also honor the late Sergeant Major Archie Robinson. 

The parade is held rain or shine. Parade participation and admission is free. 

Click/tap here for more information about the parade and to view the route.

SUGGESTED VIDEOS | Feature stories from 9NEWS