Guide to Memorial Day parades and ceremonies across Metro Detroit in 2023

Summer unofficially begins with a weekend full of salutes to fallen and missing soldiers.
American flags on car in Memorial Day parade
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(WWJ) – This Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start to summer and communities across Metro Detroit will be celebrating by honoring fallen and missing soldiers with parades and ceremonies all weekend.

Here's a guide to Memorial Day events happening across Metro Detroit Friday-Monday.

Friday, May 26

Southfield Veterans’ Commission Ceremony, 9 a.m. – The city of Southfield will commemorate Memorial Day on Friday in Southfield Council Chambers – 26000 Evergreen Road – with remarks from Southfield Mayor Dr. Ken Siver and Southfield Veterans’ Commission President Gerald Houston. The ceremony will also feature an address from a retired sergeant and performances by local bands.

Saturday, May 27

Trenton Memorial Day Parade, 10 a.m. – The Trenton parade will begin at 10 a.m. along West Road near the Westfield Activity Center. More details available here.

Salute to Veterans at Eden Park in Southwest Detroit, noon – A Veterans Salute will kick off the Saturday festivities at the Fun Fest at Eden Park – a 5.5-acre property in Southwest Detroit that is being repurposed into an eco-friendly park for residents in three cities. More details available here.

Sunday, May 28

St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade, 1 p.m. – The 70th Annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade will run north on Jefferson Avenue from 9 Mile to 11 Mile. The parade will feature military vehicles and WWII planes overhead, as well as activities at the VFW Bruce Post. More details available here.

Memorial Day Concert at White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery in Troy, 3 p.m. – White Chapel will host a free Memorial Day concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, in front of the Temple of Memories. The concert features a program of patriotic songs performed by The Birmingham Concert Band, under the direction of Davis Gloff, vocalist and emcee.

Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day)

Rochester Hills Memorial Day Ceremony and Parade, 9 a.m. – Festivities will begin with a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Pointe at 1015 S. Livernois Road at 9 a.m. The parade will begin at 11 a.m., beginning at Van Hoosen Middle School on Adams Road, ending at Veteran's Tribute of Oakland Township with a Memorial Program featuring an invocation, songs and speeches from community leaders.

Royal Oak Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, 9 a.m. – The parade steps off on Main Street at Lincoln and will be immediately followed by a ceremony at the Royal Oak Veterans War Memorial in Centennial Commons. More details available here.

South Lyon Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. 9 a.m. – The parade steps off from Bartlett Elementary and makes its way east on 10 Mile Road through downtown to Reynold Sweet Parkway. The parade ends in the South Lyon Cemetery with a ceremony honoring all veterans.

Sterling Heights Memorial Day Parade, 9 a.m. – Sterling Heights’ 44th annual parade begins with a ceremony in the courtyard between City Hall and the Police Department. A flyover of authentic Tuskegee Airmen WWII airplanes at approximately 9:30 a.m. will be followed by the parade, which steps off from Dodge Park at 10 a.m., ending at Heritage Jr. High, at Metro Parkway.

Dearborn Memorial Day Parade, 9:30 a.m. – The 97th Annual Dearborn Parade – known as the oldest Memorial Day Parade in Michigan – will run along Michigan Avenue, though this year’s route will be slightly different due to road construction. The parade will begin with a military funeral procession, followed by the grand marshal and parade groups. A remembrance ceremony will take place on the lawn of the Dearborn Historical Museum at noon. More details available here.

Farmington and Farmington Hills Memorial Day Parade, 10 a.m. – Dating back to 1970, the Farmington parade will begin Monday morning near Grand River Avenue and Orchard Lake Road, heading west on Grand River to Oakland Street. A ceremony will take place at the Farmington War Memorial Monument in Memorial Park, followed by a free community luncheon at the American Legion Hall, located at 31775 Grand River Avenue. More details available here.

Ferndale Memorial Day Parade, 10 a.m. – The Ferndale parade will feature a new route this year: Livernois at Maplehurst to W. Oakridge, west to Pinecrest, south to 9 Mile, East to Livernois. Festivities will conclude, as usual, with a ceremony at Veteran’s Memorial Mall. More details available here.

Grosse Pointe Memorial Day Ceremony, 10 a.m. – The ceremony will be held at the base of Les Brave II: At Water’s Edge sculpture at the Alger House on Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms. It will include musical tributes, remarks of remembrance and honor, and a recitation of the names of Grosse Pointe residents who lost their lives in service.

Northville Memorial Day Parade, 10 a.m. – The Parade will begin at the corner of Griswold and Cady Street and head west, with a brief stop at Oakwood Cemetery before continuing to the veteran's portion of Rural Hill Cemetery for the Memorial Day service. More details available here.

Novi Memorial Day Parade, 10 a.m. – Festivities will begin before the parade with the Memorial Day Run at 7:30 a.m. and the parade will step off at 10 a.m. from Meadowbrook Commons, heading west on 10 Mile to the Civic Center. More details available here.

Roseville Memorial Day Parade, 10 a.m. – The parade will begin near Common and Normal, and head east, ending at the Roseville Fire Department's Headquarters. The Parade will be followed by an in-person ceremony on the steps of City Hall. More details available here.

Waterford Memorial Day Parade, 10 a.m. – The parade runs on Dixie Highway, beginning at Sashabaw Road and traveling North to Williams Lake Road. Parade goers are encouraged to bring a bag to clean up trash after the parade.

Beverly Hills Memorial Day Parade, 10:30 a.m. – The parade has long been hosted by Beverly Hills Little League. All players and family members are invited to wear their jerseys and hats and walk in the parade, which leaves from Birmingham Groves High School. A carnival will follow from noon-2 p.m. at Beverly Park. More details available here.

Salute to Veterans at Eden Park in Southwest Detroit, 11 a.m. – Eden Park will also host an hour-long salute on Memorial Day. More details available here.

92nd Annual WWI Polar Bear Memorial Service, 11:00 a.m – White Chapel Memorial Park in Troy will also host a service on Monday in front of the Polar Bear Monument, honoring a group of Michigan soldiers known as the “Polar Bears.” The group made history more than 100 years ago as the first U.S. soldiers to fight Russians in battle. This spring marks the 104th anniversary of the Polar Bears returning home. Throughout the weekend the park will also display 500 American flags leading to the Memorials in honor of WWI, WWII, Korean, Vietnam and Persian Gulf War Veterans, as well as a POW/MIA memorial. More details available here.

Milford Memorial Day Parade, 11 a.m. – More than 1,000 veterans and active military are expected to be on-hand. The parade will leave the American Legion Post 216 and head east on Commerce Road and south on Main Street, rain or shine. The parade will end in Milford’s Central Park with a brief ceremony and remembrance event. Military vehicles will be on display on Main Street earlier in the morning, with flyovers planned, weather permitting. More details available here.

Memorial Day Parade of Heroes in Oakland Twp., 11 a.m. – The parade will step off on Adams near Dutton and conclude at the Veteran's Tribute of Oakland Township near Silverbell. Adams Road will be closed between Dutton and Silverbell from 10:45 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

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