For many people, Memorial Day signifies the unofficial start of summer (the official date is June 21). It’s when people start pulling their grills out of the garage. It’s when the weather starts to shift into warmer temperatures and spending time on the water or at a water park becomes a feasible idea. It’s when people spend more time outdoors than any other time of the year. Whatever summer means to you, Memorial Day weekend is where it starts and that is evident in all the great events happening in the area. Whether you’re enjoying a ride at a local carnival or sliding into summer on a tubular water slide, Memorial Day weekend in metro Detroit is filled with fun events that are a perfect kickoff to summer.
The annual Hazel Park Memorial Weekend Festival begins Thursday, May 25 and runs through Memorial Day, culminating in the Memorial Day Parade. Throughout the weekend, you’ll be able to enjoy carnival games and rides, refreshments, live music, baseball games, a car show and more. The carnival will be at Green Acres Park, while most other activities will be at the Hazel Park Community Center.
Friday, May 26, at the Groveland Oaks County Park, celebrate Memorial Day and the start of summer with tons of activities and live entertainment. The day will be filled with team games, a movie screening, bingo, patriotic crafts, henna tattoos, patriotic bicycle parade, outdoor concerts and more.
The Polish Country Fair, hosted by St. Mary’s Preparatory, will be held from Friday-Monday Memorial Day Weekend. This Michigan tradition, now in its 46th year, includes carnival rides, authentic Polish food, dancing, music, bingo, a raffle and, if you’re feeling lucky, a Vegas tent with blackjack, casino games and more. Admission is $6 per person or $12 for a family of up to six people. See full dates and times at the link above.
The fun starts Monday at 8 a.m. at the Madison Heights Senior Citizen Center with the Community Pancake Breakfast. All you can eat pancakes for $6 per adult and $4 per child. Mmmmm. After you’re filled to the brim with doughy goodness, grab your lawn chair and head out for the parade at 10 a.m., beginning at Dartmouth Street and John R Road. The parade will make it’s way down John R Road and end at 13 Mile Road, concluding in front of Madison Heights City Hall.
Splash N’ Blast is a water park at Kensington Metropark in Milford and it opens this weekend on Saturday, May 27 at 11 a.m. Slide down one (or both) of the park’s two 240-foot twisting water slides or play with one of the many water canons, palm trees and serpents that spray water at unsuspecting friends!
The Troy Aquatic Center will be opening for the season on Friday, May 26 at noon. There will be discounted rates for opening day: $2.50 per person for Troy residents, $3.50 for non-residents. Additionally, starting Saturday, May 27 (and every Saturday thereafter), families will be admitted at a the special rate of $10 per family for Troy residents and $14 for non-residents (up to four family members) from 5-7:30 p.m. Enjoy tube and body slides, a kiddie area with a waterfall, sand volleyball and more.