2024 West Suburban Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade / March 9 / Downtown Naperville – Staging area at Naperville North High School

2024 Naperville Memorial Day Parade / May 27 / Downtown Naperville – Staging area at Centennial Beach parking lot

2024 Holiday Parade of Lights / November 29 / Downtown Naperville – Staging area at Centennial Beach parking lot

All community supporters and friends & family of Naperville Responds are invited to march! Parade details are generally announced one week prior to each respective Parade.


Strength and Honor Lunch

The “Strength and Honor” luncheon will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2024, to honor and give thanks to Veterans at Bobak’s Signature Events in Woodridge. This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Ralph “Croker” Jones, U.S. Navy (Ret). The Luncheon is free of charge for Veterans and active military.

Dr. Ralph “Croker” Jones has recently retired from the U.S. Navy where he served in multiple high level capacities. He has served as the medical director for multiple companies and served over 30 years in the Navy. While serving he spent time with the special operations community and served as Director of Surgical Services for Operation Nobel Eagle over 9-11. Dr. Jones has seen multiple deployments to the middle east and served both as a surgeon for both ground and sea units. He also is a recipient of the Purple Heart. Dr. Jones is well versed in tactical and wilderness medicine and has attended multiple civilian and military schools to learn how to provide care in austere environments. Dr. Jones is a Wilderness Fellow and has completed the ISTM’s Tactical Medical courses. He is an accomplished Surgeon and has spent many years establishing himself as a world renowned surgeon and educator in both the military and civilian sector.

The Naperville Salute – Independence Day Weekend

The Naperville Salute, a hometown-focused Fourth of July celebration, will return in 2024 to Rotary Hill near downtown Naperville. The Salute blends community, local entertainment, food and family fun. Proceeds from The Salute will benefit Naperville Responds. For more info, visit


Oktoberfest at Peanuts

Peanuts Bar & Grill in downtown Naperville will holds its annual Oktoberfest to benefit Naperville Responds the first week of October. 

Cheers For Veterans Raffle, Cocktail Party & Fundraiser

The 2024 Cheers for Veterans fundraiser will return in November 2024.