Monday, May 22, 2017

The First Long Weekend Of A Michigan Summer

Memorial Day weekend is just a moments away. First observed as Decoration Day in 1868 as a day of remembrance of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during wartime, the name of the day gradually shifted to Memorial Day throughout the years and was officially changed to that name in 1967.

In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend. The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. The law took effect at the federal level in 1971.

Many Blue Water Area communities will be having Memorial Day parades, observances and ceremonies on Monday the 30th.

At 10 on that morning, Harbor Beach will hold military honors at Rock Falls Cemetery. The parade starts at the American Legion Hall on Trescott Street then goes through downtown ending at Veteran’s Park.

Marine City honor the veterans with their parade at 10 AM. Port Huron has their Memorial Day parade at 11 AM.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Lexington invite you to join them at to remember those who help keep the country safe at 11 AM.

Port Austin pays tribute to the men and woman who've served at 11:30 AM.

At noon, Port Sanilac blesses the fleet with a 21 gun salute and echo taps from their area chapter of the VFW.

St. Clair's American Legion post will have their parade at 1 PM and a ceremony following at Memorial Park.

Along with honoring those who've served and kept us safe, there are quite a few other events happening over the upcoming long weekend too.

Harbor Beach will be a treasure hunt this Thursday through Sunday as it is time for their annual city wide garage sale. You never know what you'll find!

This Saturday and Sunday you can take a step back in time at the Feast of the Ste Claire. Held at Port Huron's Pine Grove Park, this event has been a long running tradition in the city with periods of early Michigan history brought to life by reenactors living in historic-style camps and demonstrating daily life of that era.

Also in Port Huron, Saturday you can meet the artists, instructors and students of Studio 1219 and participate in free art demonstrations and art projects at the annual Hands on Art event.

On Saturday, many artisans of the Blue Water Area will be showing their work at the Thumb Arts Guild Spring Exhibit in Port Austin.

Don't forget that the Lady's Slippers are in full bloom if you visit Port Austin this weekend too. The Lady’s Slipper Festival at Huron County Nature Center welcome you to join them for food, fun, crafts, music and activities for all ages this Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, enjoy the greatest American and British hits from the 1960s through today when Your Generation rock the Lexington Village Theatre.

Another sure sign that summer is just around the corner is that plenty of the Farmers Markets will be open. Port Sanilac and Harbor Beach are on Friday. Port Huron and Port Austin have them happening on Saturday.

To find out more about these shows and plenty of other happenings in our area Discover The Blue at our events page.

What are your plans for this long weekend?

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