It’s the unofficial start of summer and we’re ready to have some fun! Here are five fun things to do for Memorial Day weekend.      Go to The Beach  The forecast calls for 80 degree weather and the Metro Park beaches are open!  Kensington Metropark Martindale & Maple Beach (Milford) Lake St. Clair Metropark Beach (Harrison Township) Stony Creek Metropark Eastwood (Shelby Township)  If you would rather stay home, pick up a new splash pad for the yard. Here are some good buys.     Visit the Farmers Market  Stock up on fresh fruits and veggies for a holiday BBQ.  Eastern Market // Saturdays, 6am to 4pm Royal Oak Farmers Market // Saturdays, 7am to 1pm Ann Arbor Farmers Market // Saturdays, 8am to 12pm Plymouth Farmers Market // Saturdays, 8am to 12:30pm Rochester Farmers Market // Saturdays, 8am to 1pm Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market  // Saturdays, 9am to 2pm Birmingham Farmers Market // Sundays, 9am to 12pm Shelby Farmers Market // Saturdays, 9am to 2pm     Go On A Family Bike Ride  Hit the road/paved trails for a family bike ride. Here are some tips (and equipment) for biking with kids.  Parker Mill County Park (1 miles) –  Ann Arbor Detroit Riverwalk (3.5 miles) – Detroit Island Lake Trail (4 miles) –  Brighton Lake Erie Metropark Trail (3 miles) – Brownstown Clinton River Trail (16 miles) – Rochester Hills, Sylvan Lake, Pontiac, Auburn Hills Hines Drive (19.5 miles) – Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Westland, Livonia & Northville Macomb Orchard Trail (23 miles) – Rochester, Washington, Romeo, Armada & Richmond     Enjoy A Picnic With A View  Pack a lunch or pick up a meal from your favorite restaurant and eat outside. Here are some beautiful spots around town. Please note that public restrooms are not currently open at all locations.  Marshbank Park – 2805 Hiller Rd, West Bloomfield Township, MI 48324 Budd Park – 19000 Clinton River Rd, Charter Twp of Clinton, MI 48038 Cranbrook House & Gardens – 380 Lone Pine Rd, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 Belle Isle – 900 Inselruhe Ave, Detroit, MI 48207 Matthaei Botanical Gardens – 1800 N Dixboro Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105 Lakeshore Park – 601 S Lake Dr, Novi, MI 48375 Milford Central Park – 195 N Main St, Milford, MI 48381     Remember Our Heroes  Take a moment to say thank you to those who have serviced our country and visit a local memorial.  Michigan War Veterans Memorial – 500 Temple, Detroit, Michigan 48201 Veterans Memorial Garden – 6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland, MI 48185 Melvindale Veterans Memorial – Oakwood, Melvindale, MI 48122 Veterans Memorial Park – 32400 Jefferson Ave, St Clair Shores, MI 48082     Photo credit: Frank McKenna

4th of July is midweek and some families will make a day of it and others a week. No matter how much time you are taking to celebrate American Independence, here are some fun and free activities!


Go To A Parade
Start the 4th off on the right foot and watch a parade!


Watch Fireworks
Fireworks and the Fourth go together like peanut butter and jelly. Stay up late and watch the sky light up with bright colors during a firework display.


Splash & Play
Enjoy fun in the sun! Let the kids get wet and go wild in the water.


Plan A Picnic Or A BBQ
Pack a basket or the charcoal and eat outside in the sunshine. Here’s a list of our favorite places to picnic and a few of our favorite recipes:


Go Out for a Sweet Treat
Take a road trip for some farm fresh ice cream and get a taste of what life was like in 1776.


Read About the Revolution
Get some more check marks on your Summer Reading list and learn about heroes of the revolution with these fun books.




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..

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