Memorial Day weekend is just a moments away. First observed as Decoration Day in 1868 as 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.
At 9 on that morning, Harbor Beach will hold military honors at Rock Falls Cemetery. The parade starts at 10am at the American Legion Hall on Trescott Street the goes through downtown ending at Veteran’s Park, Marine City honors the veterans with their parade at 10am, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Lexington invite you to join them at to remember those who help keep the country safe at 11am. Port Huron's Parade, which will be honoring Dave Bellaire who was active in veterans organizations and many other organizations in the city, starts at 11am. Port Austin pays tribute to the men and woman who've served at 11:30am. At noon, Port Sanilac blesses the fleet with a 21 gun salute and echo taps from their area chapter of the VFW.
Along with honoring the nation's vets lots will be celebrating what is considered the start of the summer season with many events around the area.
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 our periods of early Michigan history are brought to life with reenactors living in historic-style camps demonstrating daily life of these eras.
On Saturday many artisan of the Blue Water Area will be showing their work at the Thumb Arts Guild Spring Exhibit in Port Austin.
While in the Port Austin area this weekend, don't forget to stop in for some fun, food and music at Lady's Slipper Festival being held at the Huron County Nature Center on Saturday and Sunday.
On stage this weekend in the Blue Water Area there are both laughs and good ol' Michigan Rock-n-Roll. The Snug Theater in Marine City presents "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" this weekend and Rare Earth plays their hits "Get Ready", "I Just Want To Celebrate", "I Know I'm Losing You" and much more at the Lexington Village Theatre for two big shows on Sunday.
To find out more about these shows and plenty of other happening in our area Discover The Blue at our events page.
What are your plans for this long weekend?