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14 Ann Arbor Area Events Happening over Memorial Day Weekend 2018

Memorial Day events 2018

Memorial Day is a national holiday that gives us a dedicated time to reflect and honor our nation’s fallen heroes. Over the years, the long weekend has also become the kick-off to summer events and celebrations. This year, the Ann Arbor area is providing a healthy balance of both.

Our guide has concerts, community gatherings, outdoor shows, and eight different parades and Memorial Day ceremonies. With at least one event for every day of the weekend, you can fill your holiday with both fun and remembrance!



The Decemberists | Ann Arbor

Friday, May 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. | Event info

This quirky and crooning quintet released their debut album in 2002, and they’ve been releasing hit after hit ever since. Driven by theatrical and hyper-literate pop lyrics, their songs are often history- and literature-based — they even have a rock opera under their belt! Kick-off the long weekend with a live show on Friday.


Cruise in 2018 Downtown Jackson | Jackson

Friday, May 25, 2018 from 6 – 9 p.m. | Event info

Downtown Jackson car show Memorial Day events 2018

Photo courtesy of Downtown Jackson

This event brings classic cars, live music and family fun to the streets of downtown Jackson. The family-oriented event includes a variety of local vendors and some of the region’s best food trucks, too! On May 25th, Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads will be providing the tunes. Bring your whole family down between 6 and 9 p.m. for a Friday evening of fun with the community.


Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra Season Finale | Ypsilanti

Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 2 p.m. | Event info

The Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra 2017/2018 season comes to a close on Saturday, but not before a wonderful show in Riverside Park! Through orchestral music of the highest artistic caliber and innovative programming, the artists and organizers of YSO continuously enhance the cultural lives of the residents of Ypsilanti and the surrounding communities. Follow the team on Facebook for finale event updates.


Movement Detroit | Detroit

Saturday, May 26, 2018 – Monday, May 28, 2018 | Event info

This electronic music festival is an annual music event held in Detroit each Memorial Day weekend — and it has been since 2006. The schedule for the 2018 festival features more than 75 performances across five stages and three days. The biggest names on the lineup include Diplo and Wu-Tang Clan, so get your tickets today!


Flower Day at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market | Ann Arbor

Sunday, May 27, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Event info

Ann Arbor Farmers Market Memorial Day events 2018

Photo courtesy of Ann Arbor Farmers Market

On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market is teaming up with the Sunday Artisan Market to host Flower Day. Celebrating all things flowers and plants, the special occasion will include food trucks, live music, backyard beekeeping tips, gardening how-to advice, kids activities, and tons of fun!


Milan Memorial Day Service and Parade | Milan

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 9 a.m.

At 9 a.m., Milan’s annual Memorial Day Parade begins at Marble Park Cemetery. The service will take place in the cemetery as well, so stick around to honor our fallen veterans and gather with the community.  


Plymouth Memorial Day Parade | Plymouth

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 9 a.m. | Event info

Memorial Day events 2018

Plymouth’s annual Memorial Day parade will march up Main Street beginning at 9:00 a.m. It will end further down Main at Veterans Park with a special program saluting our veterans.


Ypsilanti Memorial Day Parade | Ypsilanti

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 9 a.m.

This community parade kicks off at the corner of Huron and Michigan then proceeds up Huron to Cross Street. There will be a ceremony on the bridge over the Huron River before the parade and the concluding program will be at the Armed Forces Memorial.


Memorial Day Murph Challenge | Ypsilanti

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10 a.m.

The Murph Challenge Ann Arbor Michigan Memorial Day events 2018

The Murph Challenge is a Memorial Day tradition that pays tribute to LT. Michael P. Murphy and contributes to a prestigious organization founded by the Murphy family. The CrossFit challenge begins with a 1-mile run then consists of 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups and 300 squats before finishing with another 1-mile run.

This year, CrossFit Ypsilanti is an official host of the Memorial Day Murph Challenge! As the only official host in Southeast Michigan, you can join them for the workout at 10 a.m. then enjoy a light brunch to celebrate.

However, they won’t be the only CrossFit team embarking on the challenge and raising money on Memorial Day so check with your local gym too!


Glacier Highlands Memorial Day Parade | Ann Arbor

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Ann Arbor’s Memorial Day parade is hosted by the Glacier Highlands Neighborhood Association each year. This year, come together in the Glacier Highlands neighborhood for the community’s amazing parade and remembrance ceremony.


Dexter Memorial Day Parade | Dexter

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10 a.m. | Event info

Dexter Michigan Memorial Day parade Memorial Day events 2018

Photo courtesy of Quaila Pant via Rotary Club of Dexter

Dexter’s Memorial Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. at Ann Arbor St. and Inverness. The procession will continue down Ann Arbor St. and continue on to Main St. until it turns right on Alpine to circle back to the ceremony at Monument Park. Organized by the Rotary Club of Dexter, this has become a beloved event in the region, so don’t miss it!


Saline Memorial Day Parade | Saline

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Saline’s Memorial Day Parade begins at the Michigan Ave. fire station and travels west to Oakwood Cemetery for a community memorial service. The service will be followed by hot dogs, chips and refreshments, so bring the whole family down to honor our fallen veterans and gather with the community.


Chelsea Memorial Day Parade | Chelsea

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 10 a.m.

The Chelsea Memorial Day Parade begins at the municipal park lot in downtown Chelsea and will travel south to Oak Grove Cemetery for a ceremony and gathering. This is a great way for locals to come together as a community to honor those whose who gave their all, so don’t miss out on this event!


Manchester Memorial Day Parade | Manchester

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 1 p.m.

Two parades are held each year in Manchester and one of them is — you guessed it — the Memorial Day Parade! This parade includes the High School Band, veterans groups and the Boy and Girl Scouts of our community. It is followed by a ceremony at the cemetery.


Have a great weekend!   

Wherever you’re celebrating and honoring our veterans over the long weekend, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday.

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