The Friday 5 — May 26-29

Your guide to Memorial Day weekend

Online Only | Published May 24, 2017

Memorial Day parades and services

SATURDAY, MAY 27

• Madison Heights
The Madison Heights parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27. The parade begins at the parking lot near the former Kmart at the northwest corner of John R and 12 Mile roads, before heading north on John R Road, turning left onto 13 Mile Road, and stopping a block over in front of the viewing stand at City Hall. Following the parade, there will be a memorial service beginning at the gazebo in front of Madison Heights City Hall, 300 W. 13 Mile Road. The program will include the national anthem performed by the Lamphere High band, as well as thoughts by Mayor Brian Hartwell, a 21-gun salute, the laying of the wreaths, and “Amazing Grace” by bagpiper Yolanda McDonald.


SUNDAY, MAY 28

• St. Clair Shores
The 65th St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade steps at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at Nine Mile Road and Jefferson Avenue.

There are about 150 entries in this year’s parade, including 25 bands, local celebrities, a float from The Parade Co. sponsored by First State Bank, as well as some of The Parade Co.’s Big Heads, local politicians as well as state and federal elected officials, and more. This year’s grand marshal is Brig. Gen. John Slocum. After the parade, the VFW Bruce Post 1146, 28404 Jefferson Ave., will host a post-parade party with food and beverages available for purchase and music by the 5th Michigan Regiment Band.

• Shelby Township
Shelby Township will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at the veterans memorial located on the municipal grounds at 5270 Van Dyke Ave., south of 24 Mile Road.

World War II veteran Jim D’Amore, who served with the 42nd Infantry Division in WWII, will be the special guest speaker. The event will also include the national anthem, the posting of colors, the Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation, patriotic songs, a benediction, a 21-gun salute, taps and a siren salute.


MONDAY, MAY 29

• Beverly Hills
The village of Beverly Hills will hold its annual Memorial Day parade and carnival on Monday, May 29. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Groves High School, on Evergreen Road and 13 Mile Road, and goes north on Evergreen and east on Beverly Road, ending in Beverly Park.

The carnival — featuring food trucks, carnival rides, a maze and games — will kick off at Beverly Park as soon as the parade ends. There will also be a Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at 1 p.m. 

• Clawson
The public is invited to Clawson at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29, to a Memorial Day service sponsored by the American Legion. The ceremony will take place at the gazebo outside the Blair Memorial Library, 416 N. Main St. The event will include Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts raising the flag, speeches and the playing of taps.

• Eastpointe
Eastpointe’s Memorial Day parade begins  at 11 a.m. on northbound Gratiot Avenue in front of City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave. The parade will head north on Gratiot to Stephens, then head east on Stephens to Kennedy Park.

Prior to the parade, the Eastpointe Oddfellows will hold a pancake breakfast from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Oddfellows hall, 23322 Gratiot Ave.  The breakfast is free for veterans and costs a $4 donation for other attendees. A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at noon at Kennedy Park, followed by a community picnic sponsored by the Oddfellows.

• Farmington/Farmington Hills
The Groves Walker American Legion Post 346 and the Xemplar Club of Farmington and Farmington Hills will co-sponsor the 2017 Memorial Day Parade May 29.  The parade will begin at 10 a.m. near the intersection of Grand River Avenue and Orchard Lake Road in Farmington, and it will travel 1 mile west on Grand River and will end at Oakland Avenue.

A ceremony will take place at the Farmington War Memorial Monument in Memorial Park.  After the ceremony, community members can attend the community luncheon sponsored by Weingartz at the American Legion Hall, 31775 Grand River Ave. For more information, visit www.memorialdayparade.us or call (248) 471-4960, ext. 206.

• Grosse Pointe Farms
The War Memorial — 32 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms — will host its 68th annual Memorial Day program on the back lawn at 10 a.m. May 29.

A flyover, weather-permitting, from Selfridge is slated to take place, along with readings of the names of all fallen Grosse Pointe service members. The service will feature patriotic music from the Motor City Brass Band and other local musicians, the Ritual Firing Team of Veterans of Foreign Wars Bruce Post 1146, local Scout troops, an honor guard and many other local military groups, clubs and local officials. 
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.warmemorial.org.

• Hazel Park
The city of Hazel Park will hold a Memorial Day service at 9 a.m. at the Hazel Park City Hall, 111 E. 9 Mile Road. The service will be followed by a parade at 10 a.m., beginning at John R and Eight Mile roads.

• Roseville
Roseville’s parade will begin at 10 a.m. with floats, bands from the middle schools and high school, and local dignitaries. The parade route will begin on Common Road east of Utica Road and head east on Common to Roseville City Hall.  Following the parade, at around 11 a.m., there will be a ceremony at Roseville City Hall, 29777 Gratiot Ave.

• Royal Oak
The Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade will step off at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29, at Lincoln Avenue and Main Street. The parade will move north on Main Street to Second Street and conclude so that everyone can head over to the Veterans Memorial Plaza immediately east of where Second Street dead ends, in front of the Royal Oak Public Library entrance. Starting time for the ceremony is approximately 10:15 a.m.

• Sterling Heights
Sterling Heights Memorial Day festivities begin with a ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29, at the Richard J. Notte City Center, located near Utica Road and Dodge Park Road, in the courtyard between City Hall and the Police Department.

A parade will follow at 10 a.m., starting at Dodge Park, 40620 Utica Road. The parade will proceed to Utica Road and then head south along Dodge Park Road until it reaches Heritage Junior High School.

• Troy
The city of Troy will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 29, at Veterans Memorial Plaza, in front of Troy City Hall, at 500 W. Big Beaver Road.

That same day, White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery will host the 88th annual World War I Polar Bear Memorial Service at 11 a.m. May 29 in honor of veterans. At the event, a boulevard will be lined with more than 400 American flags leading to the memorials in honor of veterans. White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 621 W. Long Lake Road in Troy. For more information, visit whitechapelcemetery.com.

• West Bloomfield
A Memorial Day parade will be held 9 a.m.-noon on Monday, May 29, starting at Commerce and Orchard Lake roads, in the parking lot of Abbott Middle School, 3380 Orchard Lake Road.


Other noteworthy events:

Hazel Park Memorial Weekend Festival
May 25-29 • Green Acres Park, Hazel Park

Hazel Park’s five-day Memorial Weekend Festival will take place May 25-29 at Green Acres Park and the nearby Hazel Park Community Center, 620 W. Woodward Heights Blvd.

Skerbeck Family Carnival will present a variety of rides and food vendors. There will also be bingo, a craft show, a refreshment tent, live entertainment and kids activities. For more information, call the Hazel Park Recreation Department at (248) 547-5535.


St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair
May 26-29 • St. Mary’s Preparatory campus, Orchard Lake

The St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair is a Memorial Day weekend tradition for the Orchard Lake community, and the event returns May 26-29.

Held on the campus of  St. Mary’s Preparatory, 3535 Commerce Road, the fair offers carnival rides — including a 33-foot-high roller coaster — kids activities, authentic Polish food, a Vegas tent and a wide range of entertainment.
General admission tickets cost $6 per person or $12 for families of up to six, and children ages 3 and younger attend for free. Ride tickets are sold separately. For more information, visit www.stmaryspolishcountryfair.com.


The Feast of the Ste. Claire
May 27-28 • Pine Grove Park, Port Huron

History buffs won’t want to miss the Feast of the Ste. Claire, a large-scale re-enactment of four significant periods from Michigan’s past — the French and Indian War, the American Revolutionary War, the early-American fur trade, and the War of 1812 — this Saturday and Sunday at Pine Grove Park, 1204 Pine Grove Avenue, in Port Huron.

More than 500 re-enactors will live in historic-style camps to show the public the daily life of these time periods. In addition to living history presentations, the public can enjoy colonial-style food; craft and cooking demonstrations; cannon and musket firings; and musical entertainment, including a fife and drum corps, folk singers, the Heritage String Band and more.

The event is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. Admission costs $8 for adults and $6 for seniors, and is free for children younger than 4 and military personnel with ID. A free trolley shuttle service from the St. Clair County Community College parking lots will be available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

For more information, visit www.feastofthesteclaire.com.