Memorial Day Parades & Events in the Ann Arbor - Detroit - NW Suburbs area | Kids Out and About Ann Arbor / Detroit

Memorial Day Parades & Events in the Ann Arbor - Detroit - NW Suburbs area

2019 List of Memorial Day Activities

Anyone can have a parade. Only Americans can have a parade to celebrate the greatest political achievements in history: establishing and repeatedly defending a country founded on the principle of individual liberty.  Memorial Day, which was originally called Decoration Day because it was a day on which the graves of fallen soldiers were decorated, was established in the years after the Civil War to honor those who died in that war. Today, it is a day of remembrance of all who have died in this country's service.

Bravery. Honor. In President Lincoln's famous words, giving the last full measure of devotion to the defense of freedom.  These are difficult ideas to explain to children, but it is our responsibility as parents to do it.

Start by bringing your kids to the Memorial Day Parade in your town. During the parade, demonstrate for them the solemnity and gratitude due to the veterans who march past. Take off your hats as they go by. Explain to your kids why we show respect for the flag. With them, cheer for the bands and salute the men and women in our police and fire departments. Think about those currently serving our country in the military around the world, and, perhaps, reflect with your children about the gratitude we owe their courage. If you know parents with a child in the military, take a few minutes to find a way to convey your thanks.

Click here for a brief history of Memorial Day in the U.S., courtesy of the Waterloo, NY web site. Below the following list of dates and times for this year, we have compiled some other good links for those of you ambitious enough to explore further the meaning of Memorial Day.

And below are the upcoming events that have been added to our website!

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Click here for a list of this year's Memorial Day Ceremonies as compiled by the National Cemetery Administration

Saturday, May 25th

Madison Heights

Madison Heights Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast, Parade and Ceremony: Pancake Breakfast at the Madison Heights Senior Center begins at 8 am. Parade starts at 10 am from John R Road to City Hall on 13 Mile. Ceremony to follow the parade at City Hall.


Monday, May 27th

Ann Arbor

Glacier Highlands Neighborhood Association Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: Parade starts at Greenbrier Park at 10 am and finishes at Glacier Highlands Park at around 10:30. The Ceremony begins immediately following the Parade. 



Chelsea Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: Parade begins at 10 am down Main Street, to Park and East Streets. Attendees line the streets and follow the parade into Oak Grove Cemetery for a remembrance ceremony.



Dexter Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: Parade begins at 10 am down Ann Arbor Street and onto Alpine Street where the ceremony will be held.



Farmington Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: Parade begins at 10 am on Grand River Avenue down to the Farmington War Memorial in Memorial Park.



Ferndale Memorial Day Parade: Parade begins at 10 am on Livernois and W. Maplehurst with a ceremony at Memorial Mall.


Lake Orion

Lake Orion Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade: Wreath Laying Ceremony takes place in Childrens Park at 10 am followed by the Parade on Broadway.



Manchester Memorial Day Parade: Parade will begin at 11 am from the Main Street Bridge to Oak Grove Cemetery. 



Milan Memorial Day Service and Parade: Events begin at 9 am at Marble Memorial Cemetery.



Novi Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: Parade begins at 10 am and runs along 10 Mile starting at Karim Blvd. Memorial Service at the Novi Civic Center following the parade.


Royal Oak

Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade: Parade starts on Main Street (at Lincoln) at 9 am and heads to Veterans Plaza for the ceremony.



Saline Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: Parade begins at Michigan Ave (at Harris Street) and continues to Oakwood Cemetery for the ceremony.


South Lyon

South Lyon Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony: Parade begins at 9 am from Bartlett Elementary School and concludes at the South Lyon Cemetery for the Ceremony.



Ypsilanti Memorial Day Procession: Procession starts at 9 am and travels from Catherine Street to Highland Cemetery on River Street.