This Memorial Day weekend is bookended with poignant reminders of what the holiday is all about, and the small town parades make for a simple way to introduce the topic to young children. There's also the Lost Boat Ceremony at USS Silversides in Muskegon, which honors the dozens lost in World War II.
Aside from the holiday processions and ceremonies, the weekend is filled with maritime merriment in the form of the weekend-long, jam-packed Mermaid MegaFest in South Haven, as well as the Michigan Maritime Museum's Blessing of the Fleet, the Grand Haven Musical Fountain's Star Wars Night and zip lining across the river in Allegan.
Or just grab a towel and head to your nearest beach. The weather promises to be spectacularly summer-like.
Wishing you all a safe, happy Memorial Weekend.
Celebrate all things mermaid with a parade, music, art, Guinness Book of World Records attempt and more during South Haven's Mermaid MegaFest (through Sunday)
Kick off Memorial Day with a parade through downtown St Joe
Commemorate the arrival of summer at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven with a special ceremony, picnic and live music
Stretch and bend during Benton Harbor Public Library's free family fun yoga class
Head to charming Glenn for a summer concert and chicken bbq dinner in the square
Grab a blanket and head up to Grand Haven for the Star Wars edition of its beloved Musical Fountain performance
Experience the thrill of ziplining across the Kalamazoo River in downtown Allegan on opening day
Head to one of the many small town parades in Zeeland, South Haven, Grand Junction and elsewhere
Get the scoop on all the holiday fun and more on the Southwest Michigan Kids calendar.