Parades & Weekend Fun: Memorial Day Events in the D

By: Amber Ogden | May 22, 2015
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Today begins Memorial Day weekend; meaning most of you probably have an extra day off of work. While that’s fine and dandy, what’s most important is to acknowledge the real reason we celebrate Memorial Day—as a remembrance for those who have passed while serving for our country.

Wherever you live in southeast Michigan, there is likely a parade or ceremony taking place nearby this weekend to honor those who have given their lives for our freedom. Additionally, there are several fun events taking place that will make your Memorial Day celebration a well-rounded weekend full of fun.


The St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade will take place on Sunday, May 24 beginning at 1 p.m. The parade will begin at 9 Mile and Jefferson Avenue, and the theme of this year’s parade is “We Thank You For Your Service.”

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There will be breakfast and lunch items available for purchase courtesy of Detroit’s Finest Coney Island. A day before the parade, you can view a piece of the World Trade Center at the Central Fire Station, 36700 Harper Ave., from noon to 4 p.m.

The Farmington Memorial Day Parade has been a staple for the last 45 years. The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Memorial Day at the corner of Grand River Avenue and Orchard Lake Road. Once the ceremony commences, there will be a memorial ceremony in Memorial Park at the Farmington War Memorial Monument.

A map of the parade route can be found here.

The Plymouth Memorial Day Parade and Royal Oak Memorial Day Community Parade are two additional parades taking place in the area on Monday.


The Walled Lake Memorial Day Run/Walk is a 5K event on Sunday, May 24. In addition to the run/walk, there will be a free half mile Mini Memorial Run for children. The race begins at 9 a.m. and registration costs $35 through Saturday, May 23 and increases to $40 on race day. Awards and t-shirts will be distributed to all preregistered participants.

The Grosse Ile Memorial Day Run includes a 5K and 8K run, as well as a one-mile fun run on Monday, May 25. Registration costs $30 for both the 5K and 8K, and the race begins at Grosse Ile High School at 9 a.m.

Both trails cover flat ground, winding through neighborhoods, wooded areas and past the scenic East River Road.

The Novi Memorial Day Run is a great event for serious runners, families and veterans alike. The event includes a 10K, 5K run/walk and one-mile family run. Registration costs $10 to $32, depending on the race and when you sign up. Bring a canned good to donate on race day and you’ll receive $5 off.

The race begins at Fuerst Park at 10 Mile Road and Taft Road with the 10K at 8 a.m. Enjoy a live DJ at the start and finish line, along with refreshments.

Fun activities for all!

The Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak, is always a great place to spend an afternoon, but especially this weekend. Why? Because today is the first day of the Dinosauria exhibit! Enjoy 40 different animatronic dinosaurs along the five-acre DinoTrail.

Dinosauria is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day, and tickets cost $5 with zoo admission. While you’re there, check out May’s animal attraction, the Grevy’s Zebra.

If you’re hoping to get a head start on your garden this weekend, look no further! Downtown Northville is hosting a Flower Sale today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale takes place along downtown’s Main Street.

After the sale on Saturday, Gardenviews, 117 E. Main St., will host its 20th annual Block Party from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The festivities will include live music, cake and more.

Movement Electronic Music Festival is always a popular event during Memorial Day weekend. Take in the sights and sounds this Saturday through Monday. You can find the full lineup here, and general admission tickets are available for $75 (a single day) or $140 (three-day passes).

If you can’t wait to enjoy the fun, there is an Official Launch Party taking place tonight at POPULUX, 4120 Woodward Ave. The 21 and up kickoff party will feature John Acquaviva, Daniel Bell and Stacey Pullen. Tickets cost $17.50 and can be purchased online.

Additional activities to consider this weekend: Night Golf at Hilltop Golf Course, 47000 Powell Rd., Plymouth, tonight and a free Detroit Experience Factory walking tour of downtown Detroit on Saturday afternoon.

No matter how you spend your Memorial Weekend, enjoy it! And while you’re doing so, take the time to remember what the day is really about.