6 Events in Metro Detroit for Memorial Day Weekend 2021

Modified: July 08, 2022 | Story by Sarah Bence

Memorial weekend 2021 in metro Detroit is going to look a little different this year. Many of the historically popular Memorial weekend events are canceled due to the pandemic. This includes the Movement Electronic Music Festival and Civil War reenactment, that in past years have drawn large crowds to the city.

Instead, there are some smaller events across Detroit and the metro area that are taking their place, as well as more low-key, alternative ways to keep the spirit alive from the canceled larger events. Here is your complete guide to celebrating Memorial weekend 2021 in Detroit.


1. Celebrating 20 Years of the Electronic Music Festival in Detroit

The Movement Electronic Music Festival, which usually takes over Detroit on Memorial weekend, is officially canceled this year due to the pandemic. However, people can still visit the Detroit Historical Museum for this photography exhibit honoring the festival and Detroit’s electronic music history.

On May 30, from 6pm-10pm, there will be a special closing event for the exhibit. Electronic music lovers will still have the opportunity to safely celebrate techno music, with music from DJ Stacey “Hotwaxx” Hale, a panel discussion with electronic music greats, and a film screening.


2. Henny & Hamburgers

The first annual Henny & Hamburgers festival will be held May 29 from 1pm-8pm at the Ford District festival grounds. The event is for adults age 21 and up only, and will include some of the best food trucks from across the state, live music performances, bounce houses, and more.


3. Memorial Weekend Psychic Fair

For a mystical spin on Memorial weekend, head over to Livonia for the Memorial Weekend Psychic Fair. The event has free admission, and includes everything from psychic readings, mediums, energy healers, and a market of holistic products.

The Henry Ford Museum Greenfield Village Train

Photo courtesy of The Henry Ford


4. Family Fun at The Henry Ford

The Civil War Reenactment at The Henry Ford is unfortunately canceled for 2021. However, families can still head to the Ford Museum, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and Greenfield Village for some history and Americana over Memorial weekend. Due to the popularity of Memorial weekend, ticket reservations must be made in advance through the website.


5. Jeezy’s Memorial Day Bash

The Corner Ballpark on Michigan Ave is home to one of the biggest events happening in Detroit over the 2021 Memorial weekend. On May 29th they will host a night of live music with Jeezy’s Memorial Day Bash.


6. Eastpointe Memorial Day Parade

On Memorial Day, Monday May 31st, Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce in Macomb County is hosting the Eastpointe Memorial Day Parade. The parade will start at 11am from the Military Museum and end at Spindler Park. Because 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of Desert Storm, the parade will honor the nine service members from Michigan who died in that conflict.


Belle Isle

Belle Isle photo courtesy of: Vito P


7. Enjoy Detroit’s Atmosphere

With many larger organized events canceled in 2021, you may prefer to design your own Memorial weekend in Detroit. There are so many fun things for adults or the entire family to do. Enjoy Eastern Market, Belle Isle, and other outdoor areas of the city that are fully in bloom this time of year. You may also prefer to experience Detroit’s amazing art scene, restaurants, shopping, and more.




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Mentioned Attractions And Venues

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    Movement Electronic Music Festival
    Hart Plaza, Detroit, MI 48226
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    Detroit Historical Museum
    5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
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    The Henry Ford
    20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
  4. 4
    Eastern Market
    Russell Street between Mack Avenue and Gratiot Avenue, 2934 Russell St., Detroit, MI 48207
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    Belle Isle State Park
    99 Pleasure Drive, Detroit, MI 48207
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    Ford District Festival Grounds
    2640 Vernor Highway, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
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    Laurel Park Mall
    37700 Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152, USA
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    Corner Ballpark
    1680 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216, USA
    (313) 833-1600
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    Eastpointe-Roseville Chamber of Commerce
    16600 Stephens Road, Eastpointe, MI 48021, United States