Memorial Day is upon us and it’s time to honor those we’ve lost while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

This federal holiday falls on May 28 this year and, for many Michiganders, is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the warmer temperatures, while remembering our servicepeople’s sacrifices for the country we call home. It’s a time for parades, barbecues and trips up north. If you’re not exactly sure what to do this Memorial Day weekend we’ve laid out several ideas so that you can enjoy a fun-filled weekend to relax and unwind.


Catch the 2018 City of Lansing Memorial Day Ceremony starting at the Evergreen Cemetery. The event kicks off at 12 p.m. giving you just enough time to enjoy a nice morning breakfast. Speaking of breakfast, on Sunday you can visit one of Lansing’s delicious brunch spots. From Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. grab as many waffles as your heart desires at the State Room Restaurant’s brunch buffet. Better yet enjoy the sunshine by visiting the 2,678-acre Sleepy Hollow State Park. The park is home to Lake Ovid, a perfect spot for fishing, swimming, and more! 

Metro Detroit

This Friday you can kick off the extended weekend right by dancing the night away at MotorCity Wine’s Viva La Resistance IV. The event takes place from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. and is $10 at the door after 9 p.m. MotorCity Wine has teamed up with Rocksteady Disco so be ready to get down with some boogie fever! On Monday, attend Dearborn’s 94th annual Memorial Day Parade starting at 10 a.m. The parade will take place along Michigan Avenue and begin at Maple Street.

Grand Rapids

There is a reason why Michigan is ranked one of the top ten best states for golfing. The River City is home to some beautiful courses such as Mines Golf Course, Thornapple Pointe, or Watermark Country Club. Hit the course this Memorial Day and enjoy the sunshine and great outdoors. Is golfing not your thing? Break out the kayaks and paddle down the Rogue River for a scenic cruise.


The Beautiful up north destination of Petoskey is perfect for a weekend getaway. Ranked as one of the best beach towns in the state, you can play some beach volleyball, enjoy the waters of Walloon Lake or have a beachside barbecue with the whole family. Petoskey’s own Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. by the Mitchell Street Market and continues along Mitchell Street until it reaches the Pennsylvania Park.

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