All Schools Day was established in 1914 and is the longest running celebration of its kind in the United States.
The event evolved from a parade and recognition banquet honoring eighth grade graduates to week-long activities commemorating education throughout McPherson County.
Community members dedicate countless volunteer hours to showcase the annual event. The much anticipated parade is held the second Friday of May in downtown McPherson. Other activities include May Fete featuring student talent, a carnival in Wickersham Park, the Madathon (youth Olympic-style games), a street dance, a movie in the park and fireworks.
2020 All Schools Day Update
In light of the current health concerns across the country, and with Kansas schools closing, the All Schools Day committee has made the heartbreaking decision to CANCEL the 2020 McPherson County All Schools Day in-person activities (Parade, May Fete, Madathon, Carnival, etc.).
However, the committee members are strategizing on having some aspects on a virtual level. Stay tuned for details, as they become solidified.