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Memorial Weekend Events in Southeast Michigan

Families can celebrate the holiday weekend with parades, festivals and activities for all ages May 22-26, 2014. Here are highlights for parents and kids!

Now that the polar vortex is gone, it's time to pack away the earmuffs and kick off summer the right way this Memorial Day weekend. This year, the weekend will be filled with ceremonies, parades and festivals across Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties that are sure to be fun for everyone. Hit a memorial service to honor our veterans or take the little ones out for a carnival treat. Pack your coolers, cake on the sunscreen and take the kids out for some holiday fun!

Sumpter Township Country Fest in Belleville

May 22-26, 2014

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Thursday, 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday-Sunday, noon-10 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Sumpter Fairgrounds, 23501 Sumpter Road, Belleville
  • Phone: 734-461-6201
  • Cost: free

This five-day event features everything from carnival and pony rides to clowns and magicians. In addition, there's a craft and car show, live music and DJs, baby contest and princess pageant – and even a demolition derby! Adults can enjoy a beer tent and casino.

Southfield Memorial Day Service

May 23, 2014

  • Time: 9 a.m.
  • Address: Southfield City Hall, front steps, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield
  • Phone: 248-796-5130
  • Cost: free

A perfect homage to veterans and active-duty service members, this ceremony includes a presentation of colors, 21-gun salute, performance by the Southfield-Lathrup High School advanced choir and a playing of taps. Light refreshments available in city hall following the ceremony.

St. Mary's Polish Country Fair in Orchard Lake

May 23-26, 2014

  • Times: 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday
  • Address: Orchard Lake St. Mary's Campus, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake
  • Phone: 248-706-6775
  • Cost: $10/family, $5/student, $25/all-day ride passes; free/parking (cash only)

Polish and American food, entertainment and 45 carnival rides, including an 80-foot roller coaster, are just a few of the many things happening at this cultural festival. Along with kids' activities like pottery painting and mosaics, there's fun for all ages with shopping, raffles, dancing and a Vegas tent.

Memorial Day Ceremony Livonia

May 24, 2014

  • Time: 9 a.m.
  • Address: Veteran's Park Memorial Plaza, corner of Five Mile and Farmington roads, Livonia
  • Phone: 734-466-2418
  • Cost: free

This tribute to veterans includes military salutes, a wreath-placing ceremony and music. After the ceremony, attendees can also visit the Memorial Wall that honors Livonia veterans whose names are etched in granite and listed by the war in which they served.

Greater Rochester Heritage Days

May 24-25, 2014

  • Times: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: Rochester Municipal Park, 816 Ludlow Ave., Rochester
  • Phone: 248-656-0999
  • Cost: free/$5 donation encouraged

A weekend of Civil War re-enactments, lumberjack shows and pony rides awaits at the park. The festival celebrates the history of Rochester and Oakland County with displays and demonstrations. The Crafts Along the Creek Art and Craft Show will take place during the festivities.

Civil War Remembrance at Greenfield Village in Dearborn

May 24-26, 2014

  • Times: 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Monday
  • Address: The Henry Ford, Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Phone: 313-982-6001
  • Cost: $24/adults, $17.50/ages 5-12, free/children 4 and under; $5/parking

This Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of Union and Confederate re-enactors, civilians and musicians come together to perform an authentic encampment with parades, artillery demonstrations and period music. Find special exhibits and presentations and hands-on activities, too.

Warren's Greatest Garage Sale

May 25-26, 2014

  • Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Monday
  • Address: City Square Parking Garage, 1 City Square, Warren
  • Phone: 586-268-8400
  • Cost: $1/adult

Looking for a bargain? Shop antiques, clothing, jewelry, collectables and furniture at this massive garage sale!

Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade

May 26, 2014

  • Time: 9 a.m.
  • Address: South Main and Harrison streets, Royal Oak
  • Phone: 248-515-5557
  • Cost: free

Starting at Main Street near Harrison Street, the parade heads north to Second Street, where the traditional memorial service is held at the Royal Oak veterans' memorial.

Grosse Pointe Memorial Day Service

May 26, 2014

  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Address: Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores
  • Phone: 313-881-7511
  • Cost: free

This event at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial lets families participate and honor those who have given their lives in service to our country.

Saline Memorial Day Parade

May 26, 2014

  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Address: starts at Harris Street and Michigan Avenue, downtown Saline
  • Phone: 734-429-4494
  • Cost: free

The American Legion hosts its annual Memorial Day parade starting at Harris Street and ending at Oakwood Cemetery.

Memorial Day Parade in Downtown Northville

May 26, 2014

  • Time: 10 a.m.
  • Address: downtown Northville
  • Phone: 248-348-1490
  • Cost: free

People will line the streets of downtown Northville as they watch the parade put on the Veterans of Foreign Wars to honor those who have served.

Macomb Fair & Expo in Mount Clemens

May 28-June 8, 2014 (Wednesdays-Sundays)

  • Times: 3-11 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, 3 p.m.-midnight Fridays, noon-midnight Saturdays, noon-11 p.m. Sundays
  • Address: Gibraltar Trade Center, 237 N. River Road, Mount Clemens
  • Phone: 586-465-6440
  • Cost: free/general, $22/unlimited wristband on site

Don't miss the rides, live music, free shows, banana derby monkey jockeys, petting zoo and classic midway fun, three weekends, starting Memorial Day weekend, at Gibraltar Trade Center! Rides require tickets that can be purchased – or armbands for those who want to ride till they drop.

Grosse Ile Island Fest

May 30-June 1, 2014

  • Times: 4 p.m.-midnight Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
  • Address: 9601 Groh, Grosse Ile
  • Phone: 734-675-2364
  • Cost: free

Held on the historic Grosse Ile, this fest features live music, food, monster truck rides, a car show, a parade and a fireworks display. Teenagers, tots and adults alike are sure to find something to enjoy! 

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