Memorial Day Weekend Activities in Michigan

Are you looking for exciting and fun ways to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Michigan? Look no further!

There are many events in Michigan that honor those who have served our country.

We have everything you need about Memorial Day celebrations in Michigan, including backyard barbecues and 5ks as well as activities for kids and Memorial Day ceremonies.

If you are looking for Memorial Day weekend events near you, keep reading. They are available all across the state.

Why do we celebrate Memorial Day?

Before we get into the details of the many ways you can celebrate Memorial Day, let’s first understand why we celebrate it.

Memorial Day is an American holiday. Memorial Day is a federal holiday to remember and mourn those who have lost their lives in service of our country. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May.

As Michigan travel heats, the Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of summer.

All across the state, there are many exciting Memorial Day Weekend activities. From St. Joseph to Mackinaw City, and beyond.

Continue reading to see our top Memorial Day events for Michigan.

Michigan Memorial Day Celebrations

There are many Memorial Day Celebrations in Michigan. Michigan offers it all! You can choose from a 5k run, a more relaxed BBQ or observance.

Memorial Day Celebrations in Active Outdoor Michigan

Memorial Day MURPH and BBQ
32326 Grand River Ave. Farmington, MI 48336)
May 30, at 1:30 pm

Farmington Memorial Day MURPH and BBQ is a great way for people to be active, have fun, and relax. A MURPH is a 1 mile run that includes 100 pullups and 200 pushups. 300 squats are followed by a 1-mile run to honor the sacrifices soldiers made for our freedom.

There will be plenty to eat and games for everyone after you have completed the training.

Memorial Day Mt. Memorial Day Mt.
2215 Ottawa Beach Road, Holland, MI 49424.
May 30, 10:00 am

The Mt. The Holland, MI Pisgah Walk or Run/Paddle for Memorial Day is an outdoor, active family celebration. This event is for paddle sports enthusiasts.

The participants will paddle 1.5 miles, then run or walk 1 mile to continue paddling another 1.5 miles. The event begins in Lake Michigan and ends at the summit of Mt. Pisgah ends exactly where you started. In honor of our Veterans, there will be a pancake breakfast on the beach after the last paddle.

PRO-TIP Holland, MI is a top Michigan destination with a beautiful state park, and the iconic Lake Michigan lighthouse. While you are in Holland, make sure to visit the “Big Red”, lighthouse. Take your camera.

Memorial Day Trail Run
Presque Isle River Waterfalls Loop Trailhead| Ironwood, MI
May 30, 2008, 8:00 am

The Presque Isle River Fun Run or Walk is an outdoor event that takes place in Ironwood, MI in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. While running or walking, enjoy the stunning scenery of the Presque Island River and the waterfalls that lead to Lake Superior.

Memorial Day 5k Walk/Run
Harbor Springs, MI
May 30, 2008, 8:00 am

The Harbor Springs Memorial Day 5k is held before the parade. The 3-mile course follows the coast of Lake Michigan and through Harbor Springs.

It’s a wonderful time of the year in Michigan for Memorial Day. Plan some time to drive north after the festivities. Michigan’s M119 Tunnel of Trees is a beautiful drive at any time of the year.

Michigan Memorial Day Celebrations

Fort Mackinac Memorial Day Celebration
Mackinac Island (MI)
May 30, 2008, 8:00 am

Fort Mackinac Observance is dedicated to the memory of those who served at Fort Mackinac. The ceremony starts with soldiers gathering at Fort Mackinac. They march to the cemetery, perform a brief ceremony and a 21-gun salute in celebration of Memorial Day in Michigan.

This is a popular Michigan Memorial Day Weekend event. If you are able to make it to Mackinac Island, you will find it a touching tribute.

To find a place to stay, visit our Guide of the Best Mackinac Island Hotel if you are planning to come to Mackinac Island.

Ionia Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
100 W Main St., Ionia (MI)
May 30, 10:00 am

Enjoy a parade through downtown Ionia, followed by a special ceremony at Ionia County Courthouse. This ceremony honors those who have fought for our country and died in combat.

It’s a great time of year to visit one Michigan’s Best Booksellers during the Memorial Day Weekend.

Michigan Memorial Day Celebrations: Fun and Laid Back

Memorial Weekend Mud Bog
3083 Kettle lake Rd, Kalkaska (MI)
May 28th at 10:00am to May 31st at 6:00pm

Kalkaska will host its first ever Annual Memorial Day Weekend filled with mud, food and fun. You will have a great time celebrating the fallen soldiers with friends and family, while also getting fifthly. Monday night will be the end of the weekend with an honorary pork roast!

Memorial Weekend Backyard BBQ
6680 Bunton Rd, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
May 26-30

All Memorial Weekend, the Detroit/ Ann Arbor KOA Holiday will host a backyard barbecue! Enjoy delicious barbecue, lawn games and the chance to win 1st Place in the barbeque/grilling skills competition at this family-friendly event.

Stormcloud Memorial Day Party in The Taproom
366 Parkview Lane Frankfort, MI, 49635
May 30, 2013, 3:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Stormcloud Brewing Company, Frankfort, Michigan is hosting a party to start the summer.

The event will take place outside in Frankfort, one the top Michigan beaches. Enjoy the beauty of Northern Michigan’s summer, just blocks away from the stunning Lake Michiganbeaches. A Northern Michigan Party is the best party!

Michigan Memorial Day Parades

Plymouth Memorial Day Parade
Downtown Plymouth, MI 481770

Charming Plymouth Michigan celebrates its veterans each year with one of the largest Memorial Day parades within metro Detroit. Parade-goers line streets to pay tribute to local veterans in this popular parade that features veteran’s groups, local bands, and many other attractions.

St. Joseph Memorial Day Parade
Park and Lake Streets in St. Joseph, MI 489085
May 30, 12-1 p.m.

There is no better place than St. Joseph, MI to remember our veterans. The patriotic parade runs parallel to Lake Street and the Lake Michigan coast. For a short program, follow the parade to the bandshell.

Michigan has many wonderful Memorial Day parades. These parades can be found in our Guide To Michigan Memorial Day Parades

You can find more May activities in Michigan by visiting our Michigan May Events Calendar.

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