By Zohaib Qizilbash 

The land of the free and the home of the brave: That is the mantra that this country was built upon — and when it comes to giving thanks for those freedoms, there is no more important day than Memorial Day.

While it’s a day of remembrance, it’s also the start of summer for most Michiganders.

There are plenty of activities going on in metro Detroit this holiday weekend. We’ve got the full list for you, from festive drink recipes for your outdoor events to the list of Tigers baseball roaring in Detroit.

FRIDAY, May 24th, 2013:

Orchard Lake: Michigan’s largest country fair plays host to over 100,000 visitors. The 42nd annual Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair includes carnival rides and authentic Polish and All-American food favorites. General admission is free and parking runs at $10. The fair takes place at 3535 Indian Trial, Orchard Lake. It runs from Friday May 24th – Monday May 27th. Get more information HERE.

Auburn Hills: If you’re looking for where to take someone home tonight, look no further than The Palace of Auburn Hills. Eddie Money is performing a live show to kick off the Memorial Day weekend festivities. Go ahead and book yourself “Two Tickets to Paradise.”  Get more information HERE.

Ferndale: Looking for a laugh? Stop by the Improv Theater for Sketch and Improv comedy at Go Comedy! Get more information HERE.
Saturday, May 25th, 2013:

Northville: 26th Annual Plant and Flower Sale. Downtown Northville. May 24th 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. & May 25th 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Get more information HERE.

Windsor: Let’s cut our Canadian friends across the border a break. Their beloved Toronto Maple Leafs just suffered an embarrassing loss in the NHL playoffs. If you’re in the mood to cross the border, Caesars Windsor is the spot to be. The Colloseum is hosting Wayne Brady, the entertainment personality. The singer, actor, comedian and television host is a former participant on “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” and the current host of, “Let’s Make a Deal.” The show starts at 9 p.m. Get more information HERE.

Detroit: For the 14th year, the Detroit Electronic Music Festival will take center stage at Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit. The annual festival is a must-see for any electronic music lover. If you’ve got some family or friends visiting from overseas and looking to give them a taste of some international flavor, have at it. The Festival runs from Saturday May 25th – Monday May 27th. Weekend passes start at $80. Get more information HERE.

Sunday, May 26th, 2013:

Warren: Summer is as much about the sunshine as it is about garage sales. The 8th annual Greatest Garage Sale event takes places at Warren’s Parking Garage, next to City Hall. The event takes place on Sunday, May 26th & Monday 27th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call 586-258-2004. Get more information HERE.

Walled Lake: Splash Summer Fest Pre-Memorial Day. If you’re looking to start Memorial Day a little early, there’s a great spot to catch your Tigers and Wings in action. Bayside Sports Grille & Bar. Sundays 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Royal Oak: Acoustic Sundays Live. If you love the sound of live music, you need to head to downtown Royal Oak on Sunday evening. Fifth Avenue is the venue to head to for live acoustic music. If you arrive early enough to catch any Detroit sporting event, the location offers drinks and food specials during games. Sunday at 9 p.m. Get details HERE.

Frankenmuth: Bark, Bike & Balloons Fireworks. Tons of events including a Dog bowl that features all lots of canine activities. Tour De Frankenmuth which is a bicycle race and also Hot Air Balloons! Sounds like a busy time. Events take place May 25th – May 26th. Get details HERE.

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Memorial Day Services

1. Clinton Township: Resurrection Cemetery at 10 a.m. Refreshments and Veteran’s Event follows at 11:30 a.m. Call 586-286-9020
2. Detroit: Mt. Olivet Cemetery at 10 a.m. Call 313-365-5650
3. Waterford: All Saints & Preserve at 10 a.m. Call 248-623-9633
4. Rochester: Guardian Angel Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. Call 248-601-2900.
5. Troy: White Chapel Memorial Cemetery at 11 a.m. Call 248-362-7670.
6. Gross Pointe: Gross Pointe War Memorial at 10 a.m. Call 313-881-7511.
7. Birmingham: Memorial Day Ceremony at Shain Park at 10 a.m.

• Memorial Day Parades

1. Auburn Hills: Downtown Auburn Hills at Squirrel / Auburn. 11 a.m.
2. West Bloomfield: Abbott Middle School at 3380 Orchard Lake Rd. 10 a.m.
3. Royal Oak: Downtown Royal Oak at Main / 4th St. 9 a.m.
4. Dearborn: Downtown Dearborn at Schaefer / Michigan. 10 a.m.
5. Northville: Northville Downs at 301 South Center. 10 a.m.
6. Milford: (See video at top); Main Street, 11 a.m.

• Take yourself out to the ball game

The people of this town love their baseball. The Detroit Tigers have made a few appearances in the World Series the last few years and look primed for a big 2013. As fans enjoy some holiday fun, you can bet that the seats will be filled at Comerica Park. Tigers fans can catch their favorite team downtown for some afternoon fun.

Fri, 5/24 Twins
Sat, 5/25 Twins
Sun, 5/26 Twins
Mon, 5/27 Pirates

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