It is Memorial Day Weekend -- the unofficial kick-off of summer for most people. There are several activities planned for the holiday weekend -- carnivals, food trucks, baseball, amusement parks, a flea market, and of course several Memorial Day events for Monday including parades, runs, and a train ride.

Fruitport Old Fashioned Days

Fruitport Old Fashioned Days
Photo: Fruitport Lions Club Official via Facebook

Wednesday, May 25-Monday, May 30, 2022
Fruitport, MI
This is a week-long family fun festival and Midway Carnival held in Fruitport. Some of the events scheduled include an Ox Roast, the Whispering Pines Animal Kingdom and Petting Zoo, Pixie’s Pony Rides, Music, Fireworks, a 5K Race/Walk, a Motorcycle Run, a Parade, a Horseshoe Tournament, and a Car Show. For more information, here is the Fruitport Lions Club Facebook page.

Food Truck Fridays

Food Truck Fridays at Riverside Park
Photo: Sean Quashnie via Facebook

Fridays - 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Riverside Park, 2001 Monroe Ave., NE, Grand Rapids, MI
It’s the 6th season of Food Truck Fridays at Riverside Park. The food trucks will be located by the Guild St. entrance to the park. There will be a variety of fan favorites along with plenty of new food trucks for everyone to try. There are many new features this year including a Frequent Fridays Card that will offer you the chance to win prizes based on how many Food Truck Fridays you attend. More information is available on the Food Truck Fridays at Riverside Park Facebook page.

West Michigan Whitecaps Baseball

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Friday, May 27th, 2022 - 6:35 pm
Saturday, May 28th, 2022 - 6:35 pm
Sunday, May 29th, 2022 - 6:00 pm
LMCU Ballpark, 4500 West River Drive, Comstock Park, MI
The West Michigan Whitecaps will be taking on the Dayton Dragons this weekend, beginning on Thursday. Friday night will be Princess Night. Saturday will be Prospect Series Bobblehead: Dillion Dingler night. After Sunday's game there will be the Family Fare Fireworks. Find out more on the West Michigan Whitecaps website.

Buses by the Beach

Buses by the Beach
Photo: Buses by the via Facebook

Friday, May 27-Monday, May 30, 2002
Camp Blodgett, West Olive, MI
Buses By The Beach, is a non-profit organization that holds events to raise money for The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. This benefit will feature Volkswagon style rustic wooded camping, live music, huge raffle and silent auction of VW related items. In addition, there will be family fun activities like tie dying, a rock climbing wall, a high ropes course, a kids talent show, a community breakfast Monday morning and more! Spend Memorial Day weekend enjoying the sandy beaches and crystal clear blue water, nature trails, and paved bike trails at Camp Blodgett. All VW's and VW lovers are welcome. No need to have a bus! More information can be found here.

Michigan's Adventure

Michigan's Adventure
Photo: Michigan's Adventure via Facebook

Friday, May 27th-Monday, May 30th, 2022 - Hours Vary
Michigan's Adventure, 1198 W Riley-Thompson Road., Muskegon, MI
It's opening weekend for Michigan's Adventure! Check out the over 60 rides, slides and attractions. They have seven roller coasters for you to ride. They also have a Camp Snoopy for the younger kids. (WildWater Adventure opens on June 11.) For more information, check out the Michigan's Adventure website or Facebook page.

Berlin Flea Market

Berlin Flea + Farm Market
Photo: Berlin Flea + Farm Market via Facebook

Saturday, May 28th, 2022 - 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Berlin Fairgrounds, 2008 Berlin Fair Dr., Marne, MI
They are celebrating their 5th year! It's a Flea market, along with food, music, free admission and parking. It all takes place at the Berlin Fairgrounds in Marne. More information is available on the Berlin Fair + Farm Market Facebook page.

Berlin Raceway

Berlin Raceway
Photo: Berlin Raceway via Facebook

Saturday, May 28, 2022 - 6:30 pm
Check out the Super Late Models, the Limited Late Models, the Sportsman, and Mini Wedges races. After the races, there will be fireworks. Gates open at 4 pm and races start at 6:30 pm. For more information, check out the Berlin Raceway website.

Memorial Day Parades & Ceremonies

Memorial Day Parade
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There are several area Memorial Day Parades on Monday, May 30th.

Ottawa County Memorial Day Parade & Breakfast
8:00 am-10:00 am
Tripleroot Brewery, 146 E. Main Ave., Zeeland, MI

Holland Memorial Day Parade
9:00 am
Parade begins Eighth Street and Central Avenue and ends at Pilgrim Home Cemetery.

Jenison Memorial Day Parade
9:00 am
The parade travels along Baldwin Street from the corner of 20th Avenue to Cottonwood Drive.

Muskegon Memorial Day Parade and Music Ceremony
9:00 am
Muskegon Downtown Development Authority, 380 W. Western Ave., Muskegon, MI
The parade begins at 9 am. Immediately following the parade there will be a Musical Memorial Day Ceremony at the Frauenthal Center.

Zeeland Memorial Day Parade
9:00 am-10:00 am
The parade starts at Cityside Middle School and ends at Zeeland Cemetery at Lincoln and Church Street.

Cascade Township Memorial Day Ceremony
10:00 am
Kent District Library, 2870 Jacksmith Ave, SE, Cascade Township, MI

Ionia Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
10:00 am
Ionia County Courthouse, 100 W. Main St., Lowell, MI
The parade begins at 10 am in downtown Ionia with a ceremony following on the Ionia County Courthouse lawn.

Grand Rapids Memorial Day Parade
10:00 am
The parade begins under I-196 at Division Street and ends at Veterans Memorial Park.

Walker Memorial Day Parade
12:00 Noon
4243 Remembrance Road NW, Walker, MI
The parade route is Remembrance Road to Walker Village Drive.

Fruitport Township Memorial Day Parade
2:00 pm
Fruitport Township, MI

Fremont Memorial Day Parade
6:30 pm
Fremont, MI
The parade runs down Main Street from the Fire Department to Veterans Memorial Park with a service at the park starting at 6:45 pm.


Thrive! 5K
Photo: Kent ISD via Facebook

Memorial Day MURPH
Monday, May 30th, 2022 - 9:00 am
Spring Lake CrossFit, 17369 Taft Rd., Suite F, Spring Lake, MI
This is a combination of a 1 Mile Run, 100 Pull-Ups, 200 Push-Ups, 300 Squats, and a 1 Mile Run. It is in honor of Lt. Michael Murphy, Navy SEAL. You can find out more here.

Kenowa AMBUCS Memorial Day 5K
Monday, May 30th, 2022 - 12 Noon
1965 Baldwin St., Jenison, MI
Come and run the 37th Annual Jenison Ambucs 5K. For more information, visit their website.

Thrive! 5K
Monday, May 30th - 12:30 pm
2930 Knapp St. NE, Grand Rapids MI
Presented by Kent ISD, THRIVE! is their first annual 5K. It is the culmination of a month-long tribute to educators. Get additional information on their website.

Veterans Troop Train

Coopersville and Marne Railway
Photo: Friends of the Coopersville and Marne-Railway via Facebook

Monday, May 30th, 2022 - 11:00 am
Coopersville and Marne Railway, 306 East Main St., Coopersville, MI
Veterans of all military branches are invited to a free 90-minute vintage train ride. You will ride in rail cars similar to those used for troop trains during WW II. In fact one of our century old coaches appeared in the movie "Biloxi Blues" as part of a troop train. More information can be found here.

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