This is the 78th year for Carillon Historical Park’s Easter sunrise service, one of Dayton’s most beloved traditions

Hundreds of people attended the Easter Sunrise Service at Carillon Park on a chillly but gorgeous Easter Sunday morning, March 27. MARK FISHER/STAFF
Video: Mark Fisher

There are plenty of traditions at Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton, but few at the Dayton history museum have enjoyed the longevity of the Easter Sunrise Service.

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Hundreds of people attended the Easter Sunrise Service at Carillon Park on a chillly but gorgeous Easter Sunday morning, March 27. MARK FISHER/STAFF (Mark Fisher)

This year’s service marks the 78th anniversary of the event, and will  begin at 6:30 a.m., the very same time the first Easter Sunrise Service was held at the Deeds Carillon on April 5, 1942.

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In attendance at that inaugural service were Carillon Historical Park founders Edward A. and Edith Walton Deeds.

The first Easter Sunrise Service at Carillon Park was held in 1942. CARILLON HISTORICAL PARK

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The April 1942 edition of the “NCR Factory News” describes that event: “As dawn broke on Sunday morning, April 5, the first Easter Service was held at the Deeds Carillon. An estimated crowd of 10,000 made the pilgrimage by automobile, bus and on foot.”

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Want to go? 

WHAT: 78th Annual Easter Sunrise Service at Carillon Historical Park 

WHERE: 1000 Carillon Blvd., Dayton 

WHEN: Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, at 6:30 a.m. 

ADMISSION: Free. Guests are welcome to bring chairs or blankets for seating.

INFO: Call 937-293-2841 | Website

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