Memorial Day weekend will be celebrated with patriotic commemorations, parades, and family-friendly events in the Detroit Metro area. The entire family will have fun at one of the many outdoor celebrations in the Detroit area in 2018.
Hazel Park Memorial Homecoming Festival
Hazel Park Recreation Dept., 620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd., Hazel Park, MI 48030
The Hazel Park Recreation Dept will offer a family-friendly weekend featuring live entertainment, games, carnival midway, a craft sale, refreshments, and more. The Memorial Day Memorial will be held outside of City Hall by the Veteran Memorial site on May 28 at 9 a.m. and will be followed by a parade. Skerbeck Family Carnival will offer armbands for rides priced at $19.62/Daily Armband or $63.09/Megaband.
Madison Heights Memorial Day Parade
May 26 @ 10 a.m.
City Hall, 300 W. 13 Mile Rd., Madison Heights, MI 48071
Celebrate Memorial Day at the annual parade, which will feature Veterans groups, marching bands, clowns, dance troupes, and classic cars. Youth (ages 5-12), along with their parents, will be able to join the festivities with bikes decorated with patriotic colors of red, white and blue. Registration at the bike parade will start at 9 a.m. at the Red Oaks Soccer Complex. The day of fun will also include a patriotic pet costume contest. There will be a pancake breakfast at the Senior Center before the parade. A Memorial Service will be held at City Hall following the parade.
City of Livonia Memorial Day Ceremony
May 26 @ 9 a.m.
Veteran’s Park Memorial Plaza, Five Mile & Farmington Roads, Livonia, MI
People will gather to honor veterans at this ceremony, which will include military salutes, a wreath placing ceremony, music, and special guests.
Memorial Day Ceremony at Great Lakes National Cemetery
May 27 @ 1 p.m.
Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Rd., Holly, MI 48442
The Memorial Day Ceremony will honor deceased veterans interred at the Great Lakes National Cemetery. The VFW State Honor Guard will present the colors and will perform a rifle salute. Thousands of people are expected to attend this event which will be open to the public.
Dearborn Memorial Day Parade
May 28 @ 9:40 a.m.
Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126
The 94th annual Memorial Day Parade with step off at Maple Street and Michigan Ave. at 10 a.m. and will move west to the Henry Ford Centennial Library. The parade will be preceded by a funeral procession with the cremated remains of veterans without the resources to be buried starting at 9:40 a.m. The theme of this year’s parade is “Medal of Honor” and it will include more than 60 marching groups, veterans, and flyovers from a Coast Guard helicopter and military jets.
Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade
May 28 @ 9 a.m.
Main St., Royal Oak, MI
The entire family will have fun at the annual parade, which will be followed by the Royal Oak Veterans Memorial at Veteran’s Plaza.
Note: The following events are not free but they are still fun.
Ya’ssoo Greek Festival
May 25-27 @ Various Times
St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 43816 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills, MI
The Ya’ssoo Greek Festival will be a three-day celebration of Greek culture, food, and music. Admission will be $2 but will be free on Saturday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission will be free for kids 12 & under all weekend. Admission will also be free with the donation of three canned goods.
St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Schools, 3535 Commerce Rd., Orchard Lake, MI
The annual Polish Country Fair is “America’s Largest High School Fair,” with attendance of 100,000. There will fun for kids of all ages, including activities, games, live bands, fun-filled rides, kid zone crafts, vendors, Bingo, a Bier Garten, Polish food, and more. Admission will be $5/Person or $15/Family. Free for children 3 and under.