Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, as well as attend events and parades hosted by local communities and organizations. This Memorial Day, six communities in Macomb County will host parades to honor and remember those who have served our country.
City of St. Clair Shores
Sunday, May 28 marks the 65th annual St. Clair Shores Memorial Day Parade featuring over 150 entries with 50 military groups, marching bands, local dignitaries, celebrities and this year’s grand marshal Brig. Gen. John D. Slocum. Join the city of St. Clair Shores from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday as they pay tribute to our veterans and their families, those who have served, those who continue to serve and the many who paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom.
Eastpointe marching bands, floats and military veterans will be among the participants in this year’s annual Memorial Day Parade in Eastpointe Monday, May 29. The parade begins at 11 a.m. on northbound Gratiot Avenue in front of city hall and heads north to Stephens (9 ½ Mile), where it will then head east on Stephens to Kennedy Park. A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at noon at Kennedy Park, followed by a community picnic open to residents of Eastpointe. The parade is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Leo XIII Council in Eastpointe.
Each year, the City of New Baltimore Memorial Day Parade remembers and honors those who have valiantly served our country. The parade is held on Memorial Day at 10 a.m. New Baltimore invites members of the community to join them in paying tribute to those who have served our country by finding a spot along the parade route and/or attending the ceremony on the front lawn of city hall. Children are welcome to join in the parade by decorating a bike in a Memorial Day theme. The parade marches through historic downtown New Baltimore and ends at city hall. Following the ceremony, a more intimate display happens at St. Mary’s Cemetery and Oakwood Cemetery.
The city of Sterling Heights and its Art Commission are proud to present the 38th Annual Sterling Heights Memorial Day Parade to be held Monday, May 29. This parade is one of the city’s great events for residents and visitors to experience. Tens of thousands of spectators line the parade route each year. Marching bands, scout troops, civic groups and individuals are all welcome to march in the parade. Memorial Day activities begin promptly at 9 a.m. in the City Center Courtyard as hundreds gather for a solemn tribute to all veterans who died in the line of duty. At 10 a.m., the parade kicks off and proceeds south on Dodge Park Road to Metropolitan Parkway.
Village of New Haven
The annual New Haven AMVETS Memorial Day Parade will take place on Memorial Day with the parade line-up starting at 9:30 a.m. on Division and Havenridge Street. The parade will begin promptly at 10 a.m. The route will run up Havenridge to Clark Street to the cemetery where a service will follow.
Amanda Minaudo is a senior planner in the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development. She often contributes to the Make Macomb Your Home Blog, writing about the many fun and exciting things to see and do around Macomb County.