Memorial Day Weekend Events throughout West Michigan

Celebrate the (un)official start of summer with special Memorial Weekend events throughout West Michigan May 24th through 27th!


Upper Peninsula

Celebrate the opening weekend for Keweenaw Adventure Companys 25th Anniversary Season! Enjoy guided tours and state-of-the-art rentals for Lake Superior Sea Kayaking and World-Class Mountain Biking. Explore with your family the most pristine, northernmost-tip of the Upper Peninsula, an area of rugged beauty, ancient shorelines, and breathtaking terrain!  Additionally, the family-friendly Experience the Keweenaw will be taking place across the Keweenaw Region. Experience the Keweenaw is all about having fun on and off the trails, by bike, foot, or paddle.

Join The Island House for an all-American weekend on Mackinac Island. Watch the world bike, buggy, and float by from the veranda. Enjoy lunch in the carefully curated gardens of the Ice House BBQ. Island House Hotel provides the perfect location to enjoy Mackinac Island’s finest dining options, exciting activities, and quality shopping boutiques.



No place celebrates Memorial Weekend and the start of the summer season quite like the Straits of Mackinac. The Memorial Pageant Weekend has been running consecutively since 1962 and has entertained families for generations during this three-day event—Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27 in downtown Mackinaw City and Colonial Michilimackinac, including a Memorial Day Parade, a costumed reenactment, and fireworks.

Kick off the summer at the Michigan Beer & Brat Festival with this Memorial Day weekend tradition at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville on May 25th. Enjoy live entertainment while sampling an enormous selection of Michigan’s finest microbrews, local hard cider and mead, and gourmet brats from northwest Michigan markets. Crystal Mountain’s 6th Annual Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k race take place May 26. The North Mitten Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k are a combination of paved roads, dirt roads, and trails. The North Mitten route consists of primarily flat, open trails on Crystal Mountain property and will not climb the mountain. This is a great spring race for beginners and experienced runners!  Then head to the afterparty at Micros on the Mountain May 26 to enjoy Michigan microbrews, your barbecue favorites, and live music.

Memorial Day Weekend in the Petoskey Area means finding money-saving deals at the Sidewalk Sales in the Village at Bay Harbor, Friday through Sunday. That Saturday, May 25, runners of all levels can compete during the Top of Michigan Festival of Races in the marathon, half-marathon, 10K, or 5K races taking place on a beautiful course. On Sunday, the Taste of Bay Harbor gives guests the chance to try a variety of great flavors while raising funds for veterans in need. Monday includes a number of events to honor our fallen men and women throughout Petoskey, Boyne City and Harbor Springs.

Summer officially kicks off on Friday, May 24, at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa just outside Traverse City! The Beach Club pool and hot tub will be ready for fun in the sun, and brave souls can also use the private beach access to Grand Traverse Bay. Enjoy special rates on the three championship golf courses all weekend: $79 The Bear; $69 The Wolverine; $54 Spruce Run. And don’t forget that the resort will be celebrating Traverse City Uncorked—a month-long celebration of wine—at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge (especially on May 25…National Wine Day!).

Explore Castle Farms in Charlevoix for free at Local Appreciation Day, May 27th! All residents with a valid drivers license from Charlevoix, Emmet, Antrim, Otsego, or Cheboygan Countys can tour for free. All others are just $5! Castle Farms will have tram rides all day, tour guides throughout the property to share their knowledge of the Castle, and tons of lawn games that are fun for all ages. Plus, their 1918 Cellars Wine Tasting Room is opening back up for the season with live music and great wine!

The tall ship Manitou and sailing yacht Scout kick off the Tall Ship season on May 26. This marks the 33rd season of operation for Traverse Tall Ship Company.



Hollands Memorial Day Parade begins Monday, May 27th at 9:30 AM in Downtown Holland (8th & Central) and continues to Pilgrim Home Cemetery (16th St. just west of Fairbanks Ave) for a ceremony honoring our veterans

In celebration of Memorial Day the River Valley Car Club is hosting the 6th Annual Memorial Weekend “4 Veterans Car and Craft Show”. There will be 32 awards including best of show, best car, best truck, best muscle car, best motorcycle, and many more! All makes and models are welcome. Other activities will include a craft show, door prizes, 50/50 drawings, and lots of music. All proceeds will benefit local Amvets Post 1941. The car and craft show will be held on Saturday, May 25th from 9 AM-3 PM in Saddler Square Shopping Mall parking lot in Big Rapids.

There are always a selection of Memorial Day parades and ceremonies being hosted throughout Mecosta County. Remus, Morley, and Barryton all hold a Memorial Day Parade and other Memorial Day events include the Big Rapids AMVETS Post 1941 with a ceremony and parade followed by their Annual Chicken Barbeque hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary. Visit the Community Events Calendar on for specific dates and times.

Enjoy good old-fashioned family fun at the Fruitport Old Fashion Days, May 22-27th, in Muskegon, featuring fireworks, a carnival, community picnic, parade, Lions Ox Roast, a 5K Run, the Community Marketplace and Garage Sale, live entertainment in the band shell and more.

The historic sites of The Lakeshore Museum in Muskegon are open for extended hours this Memorial weekend, May 25-26, to celebrate Hackley Day and the start of the 2019 season. Bring your friends and family to hear live music by the Applewood String Ensemble, play lawn games, grab food from the Bone Ends Food Truck, and enjoy Pigeon Hill’s classic brews available for purchase in the courtyard. While you’re there check out the newest updates, and listen to the Chase Hackley Player Piano at the Scolnik House.

Join the Aquastar and Lake Effect Boating for the 14th Annual Blessing of the Boats, May 26th! It begins with the “Gathering of the Fleet,” where boats of all types will gather on Muskegon Lake near the Milwaukee Clipper as they prepare for the Parade of Boats. Then, it’s the “Parade of Boats” as vessels follow the Aquastar down the Muskegon Channel towards Lake Michigan to the South Breakwater Cove. Stick around for the “Ceremonial Washing of the Lighthouse.” Then, it’s the “Blessing of the Boats” in the South Breakwater Cove as boaters are asked to cruise by the Aquastar for a blessing.

Michigan Adventure’s Tribute to the Armed Forces will take place May 26 – May 27th in Muskegon. This amusement and water park honors service members by providing free military tickets and exceptional military discounts. Military personnel can also purchase up to six discounted tickets for immediate family members for only $27 each.

The USS Silversides Submarine Museum will be holding the 31st Annual Lost Boat Ceremony featuring a tribute to the 52 submarines that were lost in World War II. This free event, held May 26, ends with the running of the engines of the USS Silversides Submarine – 75 years old and still running with crankshafts made right here in Muskegon

The Greater Muskegon Memorial Day Parade, held May 27th, will begin on Morris St., proceed to Terrace St., turn west on Clay Ave. and end at Hackley Park. This will be a solemn event that honors our veterans. Immediately following the parade a free Memorial Day program featuring the Mona Shores Marching Band will be held at the Frauenthal Center.

The 2nd annual “Keep the Boat Afloat” fundraiser to benefit Operation Black Sheep and PBR 7331 will be held on May 27 at Muskegon Lake. Operation Black Sheep is dedicated to restoring and operating a Vietnam era patrol boat (PBR 7331) on Muskegon Lake. This fundraiser will help Operation Black Sheep to fulfill its mission to offer veterans a sense of belonging and healing while cruising together on Muskegon Lake. Other cruises are available to the general public to help tell this part of the story of our country’s military history

The Grand Rapids Public Museum celebrates Memorial Weekend with a new exhibit and the special announcement of their Blue Star Museums collaboration! Changing America, opening May 25th, is an exhibition designed to encourage public discussion about the relationship between two great peoples’ movements that resulted in the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the March on Washington in 1963. These two events are profoundly linked together in a larger story of liberty and the American experience. Both events were the results of people demanding justice, and grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization and vision. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Hudsonville will host a Memorial Day Service at the Veteran’s Park in starting at 10 AM.

Jump Around Fun Center in Ludington is kicking off its 3rd season beginning Memorial Day weekend – starting May 25th, 26th and 27th (weather permitting). Jump Around Fun Center is an 11,000 square foot outdoor inflatable park that has a variety of inflatables for all ages, a picnic area and can accommodate larger groups (of up to 100 bouncers at time). This season introduces the Mobile Virtual Reality Experience, which will be available at the park and various locations in the area for a separate fee.


St. Joseph will hold a parade to honor veterans May 24th at noon. Parade starts at the intersection of Lake Blvd. and Park St. and travels down Lake Blvd. to the John E.N. Howard Bandshell.

The extended holiday weekend is a perfect time to get away to Coldwater Country. Bring the family and join in on this Memorial weekend living history event, River Through Time. This new event, building on the success of Civil War Days, has expanded to include the 1600s Voyagers/Fur Trade Era, French & Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican Texas War, Indian Wars, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam in addition to the Civil War. Enjoy the food and festivities at this family-fun and educational event. Enjoy some refreshing tea with Mrs. Lincoln. Watch the battles and skirmishes. Witness the thunder of the many cannons being fired. Enjoy live music, a Vintage Baseball Game, interact with Native Americans, Trappers, Traders, Pioneers, Service Men and Women. Make a candle or make some rope. Pet farm animals and look at the cannons and vehicles from the various wars. Learn how to start a fire the old-fashioned way, learn how to make soap, turn fleece into yarn, and so much more!

Join the City of Hastings as it honors veterans who have given their lives in service to their country. The parade starts in downtown Hastings at 9:30 AM Monday, 27, stopping at memorials for wreath laying ceremonies complete with the playing of Taps and a 21-gun salute. The parade ends at Riverside Cemetery with a final memorial ceremony.

Friday, May 24 is the Kissing Cousins Release at Journeyman Distillery! Batch #7 of the “Best Whiskey in Michigan,” according to Esquire magazine, has all the character of Journeyman’s Featherbone Bourbon, with deep earthy notes from an extra finish in Red & White Dablon Vineyards barrels. Kissing Cousins is a limited release, single-distillation from 70% organic corn, 25% organic wheat, and 5% organic rye. Available only at Journeyman Distillery’s Three Oaks tasting room, this local cross-town classic is eagerly awaited by fans of whiskey and summer. When it’s gone, you can kiss it good-bye until next year.

Join the Michigan Maritime Museum for a celebration of the 2019 summer season at the Blessing of the Fleet/Season Kick-Off Picnic. Festivities will begin 5 PM May 24th with an exciting major announcement about the future of the MMM followed by the annual Blessing of the Fleet. Tall ship Friends Good Will, Museum vessels, and other South Haven harbor boats participate in a ceremony for a safe and successful season. The Blessing is followed by the kick-off fish fry at the most picturesque location in the heart of South Haven’s Maritime District.

Memorial Day in Lansing can be spent at Cooley Law School Stadium in the heart of downtown Lansing watching the Lansing Lugnuts take on the Lake County Captains Friday May 24 through Monday May 27.With lawn seats starting at $8, this can be a great affordable baseball outing for the whole family. Each day features different specials like Eat-a-palooza, Pokémon Day and a traditional Memorial Day BBQ afternoon.