Avoid the traffic and plan a staycation for the three-day weekend, here are five fun things to do for Memorial Day.
Remember Our Heroes
Pull out the stars and stripes and don some red, white and blue for parade day, most cities host a Memorial Day Parade to commemorate the lives and sacrifice of American soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. Take your littles to Greenfield Village and learn about war between the states at the Civil War Remembrance.
- St. Clair Shores Memorial Parade (Sunday)
- Sterling Heights Memorial Day Parade
- Memorial Day Parade in Waterford
- Auburn Hills Memorial Day Parade
Go to A Festival Or Fair
Memorial weekend is the unofficial start of summer and there’s no better way to celebrate than with food on a stick and sky high views from the top of a ferris wheel.
- Livonia AM Rotary Carnival
- Pontiac Spring Carnival
- Sumpter Township County Fest
- St. Mary’s Polish County Fair
- Kensington Metropark Art Fair
Visit the Farm for Ice Cream
Take a road trip for some farm fresh ice cream and see what life is like on a local farm.
- Cook’s Farm Dairy – 2950 E Seymour Lake Road Ortonville, MI 48462
- Calder’s Dairy Farm – 9334 Finzel Rd, Carleton, MI 48117
- Crooked Creek Farm Dairy – 75960 Brown Rd, Romeo, MI 48065
Play & Have A Picnic in Detroit
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the city and plan a Memorial Day picnic downtown.
- Murphy’s Playlot – Order sandwiches from Mudgie’s and eat at the playlot across the street. The littles can slide, swing and shoot hoops while you sit back and enjoy from the picnic table. Make it a late night and stick around to watch The Mighty Ducks in the Courtyard at Trumbull & Porter Hotel down the street – it’s FREE!
- Cullen Plaza – Explore the Riverfront and hop on the play equipment at Cullen Plaza. Show your kids Canada, stop by the Outdoor Adventure Center or rent a bike from Wheelhouse Detroit (located at Cullen Plaza) for more fun then grab a bite to eat from inside the Renaissance Center (10 minute walk).
- Detroit Institute of Arts – Pack a lunch and grab a spot at the DIA’s outdoor picnic area to watch the cars and QLine go by before or after exploring the museum (it’s FREE to Wayne, Oakland and Macomb residents).
- Beacon Park – Eat on the patio at Lumen and take a spin on Los Trompos, the colorful interactive art exhibit is a fun ride for all ages.
Get Wet & Go Wild
Let the kids burn off some energy and cool down at a local splash park, most open on Memorial weekend. Check out our Guide to Metro Detroit Splash Parks to find one near you.
Photo credit: Frank McKenna
About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..