Memorial Day Parades and Festivities in Michigan

Memorial Day Festivities in Michigan

Pay Tribute to our Fallen Soldiers During Memorial Day Parades and Festivities

Memorial Day weekend is an American holiday weekend we all look forward to. Observed on the last Monday of May, we honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military and spend time with our loved ones during a long weekend of appreciation, relaxation, and leisure. 

We’ve put together a list of parades and festivals for you and your family to enjoy as well as pay tribute at the same time.

Parades and Ceremonies

  • Memorial Day Ceremony in Livonia – Ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m. Saturday at the Veteran’s Park Memorial Plaza at the corner of 5 Mile and Farmington roads. A tribute to veterans, including military salutes, a wreath-laying ceremony, special guests and music are scheduled. Call 734-466-2418 or visit www.ci.livonia.mi.us.
  • St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade – Starts at 1:00 p.m. Sunday. The parade will begin at Lakeview High School, 21100 E. 11 Mile. Thomas Tomlinson, a World War II, and Korean War veteran, will lead the 67th annual parade as its grand marshal. Visit www.scsmdp.com for more info.
  • Sterling Heights Memorial Parade – Starts 9:00 a.m. Monday in the City Center Courtyard between City Hall on 40555 Utica Road and the Sterling Heights Police Department. This year’s theme is “Celebrating & Honoring Women in the Military.” Activities start at 9:00 a.m. with a solemn tribute ceremony followed by the parade kickoff at 10:00 a.m. The parade will move onto Utica Road to Heritage Junior High. Call the Sterling Heights Community Relations Department at 586-446-2470 or visit www.sterling-heights.net.
  • Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade – The festivities begin at 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Monday, starting on Main Street in Royal Oak. A “respectful tribute” to veterans both past and present is planned for the city of Royal Oak. The parade is expected to start on Main Street at Lincoln and will head North. For more information, visit www.romi.gov.
  • Plymouth Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade – The fun begins at 9:00 a.m. Monday, starting on Main Street in Plymouth. The parade is expected to start marching up Main Street in the city’s downtown area at 9:00 a.m., and will end at Veteran’s Park at Main and Church Streets, followed by a program saluting veterans. For more information, visit plymouthmich.org.
  • Hazel Park Memorial Homecoming Festival – Thursday to Monday in Hazel Park. A carnival midway, live entertainment, craft sale and Memorial Day parade is planned at 620 W. Woodward Heights in Hazel Park. Daily armband vouchers are $18 and mega band vouchers (an all-you-can-ride pass) are $70. These vouchers can be bought at www.skerbeckcarnival.com or at the Hazel Park Recreation Center. The festival also includes a refreshment tent, live music, baseball exhibition games, car show, and bingo. A Memorial Day ceremony is also scheduled for 9 a.m. on Monday at the City Hall Veteran’s Memorial Site, followed by a parade at 10:00 a.m. For more information, visit www.hazelpark.org.
  • Memorial Day Dearborn -Kick off is at 10:00 a.m. Monday morning. The 95th annual Memorial Day Parade will take place along Michigan Avenue, starting at Maple Street, and then move west to the Henry Ford Centennial Library at 16301 Michigan Ave. More than 60 marching groups, plus hundreds of veterans and flyovers will be featured. This year’s parade theme is Gold Star families, with Gold Star father Daniel Robinson as the Grand Marshal.  Two World War II and Vietnam-era veterans will also be honored with a funeral procession at 9:40 a.m., just before the parade. Visit cityofdearborn.org for more information.
  • The Greater Muskegon Memorial Day Parade – Festivities will be held on Monday, May 27, 2019 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The parade will begin on Morris St. (assembly area adjacent to the Social Security Building) proceeding to Terrace St., turning west on Clay Ave. and ending at Hackley Park. Immediately following the parade a Memorial Day program featuring the Mona Shores Marching Band will be held at the Fruenthal Center.  This event is absolutely FREE and everyone is encouraged to attend. In addition to the marching band, there will be a guest speaker and a tribute to our Veterans who gave their lives in defense of our freedoms that we have today.
  • Ferndale’s 101st Annual Memorial Day Parade – The festivities will start at 10:00 a.m. on May 27, 2019, and will go all day in downtown Ferndale. The city of Ferndale calls its 101st annual Memorial Day Parade, “the longest continuous parade in the state.” The parade is expected to start at 10:00 a.m. at Livernois and Breckenridge and goes to Maplehurst, then turn east to Woodward. Then, the parade will move southbound on Woodward to 9 Mile Road, then west to Livernois and south to the Memorial Mall on Livernois. A ceremony will also take place approximately at 11:00 a.m. For more information, visit www.downtownferndale.com.
  • 2019 Riverview Memorial Day – A ceremony will take place at the Riverview Veterans Memorial, behind the Riverview Public Library on Sibley Road and Library Drive, at 11 a.m. Monday. About 20 Korean War veterans will be honored during the service.
  • 2019 City of Walker Memorial Day Parade – Presented by Walker Ice & Fitness Center. The Memorial Day parade will be held May 27, 2019, from 12-2 p.m. on Lake Michigan Drive NW in Grand Rapids. Guests are invited for a FREE event to honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation.
  • Grosse Ile Memorial Day – Grosse Ile Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7310 will conduct its annual Memorial Day Observance ceremony at 1:00 p.m. Sunday. The event will take place at 8840 Macomb St. The Island Road Runners’ annual five-kilometer Memorial Day run begins at 9 a.m. Monday at Grosse Ile High School. For more information, call 734-282-1101 or email [email protected].
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    Shannon Lazovski

    Shannon is a mother of two and is a professional blogger of 15 years. She's a business owner, a social media strategist, a fashionista and a beauty buff who exudes professionalism and knowledge on all four subjects. She is the CEO of Glameselle Beauty and The Lazov Agency as well as the owner of GlamorousMoms.com, DetroitMommies.com & DetroitFashionNews.com. She loves to promote products and brands she adores and is a trusted voice. Shannon has been awarded the Elite 40 under 40 award and has been featured on Fox 2 Detroit, WDIV Channel 4, WXYZ TV20 and Channel 7 Detroit, Dedicated Mag, Styleline Magazine and Metro Parent Magazine. When you see her, ask her about her lipstick collection!

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