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2014 Guide to Memorial Day Weekend in Detroit

The Gateway to Summer


A three-day weekend and warm(er) weather means we'll be heading outside over Memorial-Day Weekend in Detroit. Whatever activities you choose to do from the list below, be sure to honor the holiday itself, which falls on Monday, May 26th in 2014. Several communities host special Parades, Ceremonies and Events in remembrance.

Attend Movement: Detroit's Electronic Music Festival

Detroit's Electronic Music Festival
Photo © The Beej
When: 5/24/14 through 5/26/14
Where: Hart Plaza, downtown Detroit

Detroit's Electronic Music Festival is now in its 15th year. Movement 2014 presents more than 100 artists from all over the world. The lineup includes AMP Fiddler, Asher Perkins, Christopher Jarvis, Exhale, Max Cooper, Nightwave, Shackleton, Shadowbox, and Timeline. Early Bird and Tier 1 tickets are sold out, so weekend passes start at $130.

Soak Up Some Warm Weather

Cloudy Detroit Sky
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com
Memorial Day Weekend in Metro Detroit typically has warm temperatures and mild weather -- we usually save those hot, humid days for later in the summer. Keep in mind, however, that it's Michigan, so anything is possible. While temperatures may be balmy and the sun is more likely than not over the weekend, cloudy and stormy days are a real possibility. In fact, June is the height of tornado season in the state.

Take in a Baseball Game

Tigers Baseball
Photo by Spike, © 2008 Radiospike Photography

Baseball is the name of the game over Memorial Day Weekend. Comerica hosts the Detroit Tigers vs. Texas Rangers on Thursday (5/22), Friday (5/23), Saturday (5/24), and Sunday (5/25).

Spend Some Time in Your Yard or Garden

One of several trails within Matthaei Botanical Gardens
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com
Finally, some time to spend doing yard work and spring planting. Of course, you can spend time in your garden or you can spend time in someone else's: one of the Detroit area's many public gardens.

Head to a Park or Beach

Metro Beach
Photo © Ri Pizza

As might be expected, the Great "Lakes" State has plenty of swimming and beach opportunity. Your Guide to Metro-Detroit Beaches and Parks includes crowd information, boat rental availability, general descriptions and other amenity information. For a calendar of park activities/events, check out the following:

  • State Parks in the Metro-Detroit area include Maybury State Park in Northville, Seven Lakes State Park in Fenton, Dodge #4 State Park in Waterford, and Proud Lake Recreation Area in Commerce Township.
  • Huron-Clinton MetroParks in and around Metro Detroit, including Metro Beach near Mt. Clemens and Kensington in Brighton.

Get Wet

Of course there is no guarantee, but temperatures just might get warm enough to take the plunge and brave the bathing suit. The Detroit area has several water parks and slides that open on or around Memorial Day Weekend.

Take a Boat Ride

Detroit Princess
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com
Educational, interesting, healthy and fun, touring in Detroit by boat will get you to places that are hard to access in a bus or car. There are several tours to choose from that vary in terms propulsion, theme, waterway and entertainment.

Get a Thrill

Once upon a time, Boblo Island provided the roller coaster fix for Metro Detroiters. Since the Island went condo, however, we've had to branch out. There are a fair amount of amusement and theme parks near Detroit.

Do Something Artsy

Prentis Court balconies at The Detroit Institute of Arts
Photo © The Detroit Institute of Arts

When: Any given time
Where: Over 100 galleries, museums and universities throughout Metro Detroit

Arts Alive!: After six and one-half years of renovations, the New Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) opened its doors in 2007 to show off its new design and galleries. The DIA is always brimming with events, including films, exhibits and music.

Art Detroit Now spotlights the special art events occurring at the galleries, museums and universities throughout the Metro-Detroit area, including the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Cranbrook Art Museum, MOCAD and the Russell Industrial Center.

Visit a Trade Show, Convention or Expo

Rock Financial Showplace
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com
Convention centers across the area are hosting several trade shows, expos, conventions and other events over Memorial Day Weekend, including Model Auditions, a Garage Sale Extravaganza, a Hot Tub & Spa Sale, and a Gun & Knife Show.
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