Michigan Memorial Day Events In The Thumb

Memorial Day
Memorial Day – Image by Jennifer Ditscheit from Pixabay

Commemorate our Veterans – Memorial Day Services

Port Hope

The eastern Thumb town of Port Hope is hosting a Memorial Day parade and Open House at the Port Hope Depot.


The annual Blessing of the Fleet occurs today at the marina. Caseville American Legion Post #543 is commemorating our veterans with a Memorial Service at Caseville Cemetery.

Port Austin

Port Austin American Legion Post #499 will be hosting a memorial service at noon at Waterfront Park.

Harbor Beach

Harbor Beach is holding a Memorial Day Parade starting at 10 am. Starting in downtown Harbor Beach, and ending at Memorial Park.

Other Things to Do on Memorial Day in Michigan

Lady’s Slipper Festival – Join the Huron County Nature Center for their opening Thumb Memorial Weekend festivities. Enjoy two days of crafts, art, music, food, and wildflowers for the whole family! The center sits on 280 acres with a 1.8-mile Boardwalk March Loop trial. Hike the loop and see if you can spot the elusive flowers of the Lady Slipper and Trillium. Birders are attracted to the preserve for its Spring Warbler migration. The Huron County Nature Center is open all year round, from dawn to dusk, and admission is always free.

Philp County Park Beach

Remember to put the rake down for a couple of hours and relax. Take a stroll down to the beach and enjoy the sunshine, if we are lucky, and get some sand in between your toes. Grab a blanket, climb in a hammock, and read a book by Michigan Thumb authors. These include Jackie Howard, who wrote about the murders of Sparling men in “The Thumb Pointed Fingers” and David Collins, who penned “Nightmare,” about what would happen if freshwater tolerant Bull Sharks somehow were released in Saginaw Bay.

  • The Lightship Huron – At the extreme southern end of Michigan’s Thumb lays the town of Port Huron. This lakeside town has close ties to the boating and shipping industry. It’s the starting point of the famous Port Huron to Mackinac sailboat race and was the first large-scale boatyards in the Great Lakes. One interesting little site, located in a county park, is the Lightship Huron.
  • Caseville’s Union Memorial Statue – Caseville’s Union Army Memorial Statue From The Civil War
  • Grindstone City- White Church Gallery – We came across White Church Gallery while exploring Grindstone City’s two popular ice cream shops; the Grindstone General Store and Rybak’s Ice Cream Store. The gallery is across the street from Rybak’s. The gallery opened in July 2015 and has made its mark in the Port Austin art community.
  • 12 Quirky Things to See in Michigan’s Upper Thumb – Michigan’s Upper Thumb has interesting sites and things to do beyond our great beaches and water.
  • The Best of the Upper Thumb – For well over five decades, the Upper Thumb has been deemed the “Closer Up North” for Southeast Michigan and Detroit. Sandy beaches, great fishing, parks, and some of the friendliest proprietors around. Huron County is a great place to steal a weekend away from the “burbs” of Detroit without busting your wallet.

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