Memorial Day Guide for Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor Families

We’ve put together a full day itinerary to help your family celebrate Memorial Day, from parades to patriotic desserts.

Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend that kicks off the summer season. It’s also a time to remember all the military men and women who have made this country what it is.

From local parades to feels-like-summer recipes and patriotic desserts, we’ve put together the ultimate Memorial Day guide to help your family celebrate. Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Looking for more kid-friendly activities? Check out our summer family guide.


Annual Memorial Day Service at Resurrection Cemetery 

May 29, 2023

Starts off in Section 55 and is followed by a service to dedicate Veterans inscription tablets in the Veterans section of the cemetery.

Dearborn Memorial Day Parade

May 29, 2023

  • Address: Downtown Dearborn area
  • Cost: Free

This 97th annual event brings local bands, businesses and organizations together to honor our fallen heroes.

Farmington Memorial Day Parade

May 29, 2023

  • Address: Along Grand River Avenue, between Orchard Lake Road and downtown Farmington
  • Cost: Free

The parade ends with a ceremony at Memorial Park at Grand River Avenue and Oakland Street. A free community luncheon follows.


A huge part of Memorial Day is the annual cookout. Now’s the time to impress your family with a new recipe. From improving the spices in potato salad to food on a stick to cakes with a patriotic theme, we’ve got you covered. 


It wouldn’t be a Memorial Day celebration without red, white and blue decorations. If you haven’t put up your flag in a while, now would be a great time to pull it out of storage.

If you don’t have a flag, you can try a felt flag craft or some popsicle stick star streamers.

Learn how to make these crafts — along with several others — with these roundups:

Other activities

If you don’t want to head to a busy parade route, you can still commemorate the day by talking to your kids about the origins of Memorial Day and the sacrifices of soldiers. 

Read a kid-friendly Memorial Day book, research and share your family’s military history or write a letter to a veteran. What a great opportunity to talk to your kids about patriotism! Find more ideas to commemorate Memorial Day with kids. 

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