What's Memorial Day without a good old-fashioned parade? What about some other great, family-friendly events? Whether you’re firing up the grill at home or want to head out for some entertainment, there’s plenty to do. Check out our list of family-friendly events for the weekend below.
WHAT: Put-In-Bay Memorial Day Bash at the Bay
WHEN: 12 p.m. May 27-30
WHERE: Downtown Put-In-Bay
Celebrate Memorial weekend at Put-in-Bay, with three days of live music, sightseeing, shopping, the Boardwalk's famous lobster bisque and tons to do at night for fun loving adults. There will also be a Memorial Day parade featuring antique and classic cars and Memorial Day services honoring our past and present service men and women at the Perry Victory and International Peace Memorial visitors center.
WHAT: Norwalk Memorial Planting
WHEN: 3 p.m. May 27 and 9 a.m. May 28
WHERE: Downtown Norwalk
COST: Free to plant; $20 donation for an engraved plaque
Main Street Norwalk is once again partnering with the Huron County Master Gardeners to plant the flowers beds in the district and offer local residents a chance to honor a loved one. On Friday, May 27, the planting will take place in the afternoon around 3 p.m. With a $20 donation, an engraved plaque will be placed in one of the flower beds with your loved ones name on it. A short memorial prayer service will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 9 a.m. For more details on how you can sponsor a flower bed for a loved one, or information on how you can volunteer to help, please contact Kristie Wert at the Main Street Norwalk office at 419-660-8696.
WHAT: Veteran's Memorial Run
WHEN: 10 a.m. May 28
WHERE: Mad River Harley-Davidson, 5316 Milan Road, Sandusky
Mad River HD will have the Veteran's Memorial Poker Run and military card game on Saturday, May 28 to benefit the Fisher House in Cleveland. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with a National Guard Vehicle display and your help fill the Mad River Trailer for the Troops. Cost for the poker run is $20 per rider and $10 for every passenger.
WHAT: Sandusky Memorial Day Services
WHEN: 2 p.m. May 29
WHERE: Downtown Sandusky
The city of Sandusky will have Memorial Day services on Sunday, May 29 at 2 p.m. in the Veteran's Memorial Park and First Presbyterian Church.
WHAT: Vermilion Memorial Day Services & Parade
WHEN: 2 p.m. May 29
WHERE: Victory Park, Vermilion
The Vermilion Veterans Council will host Memorial Day Services on Sunday, May 29 at 2 p.m. starting at Volunteer Bay. Services will take place at Chappel Creek at 3 p.m. and Old Lake Road Cemetery at 3:45 p.m. Services will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Vermilion High School for the 22 servicemen from Vermilion who gave their lives for their country. On Monday, May 30, veterans will meet at the American Legion at 7 a.m., followed by services at Exchange Park at 8 a.m. where Veterans will form at Maple Grove to lower the flag to half staff and to place the wreath. The Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 a.m. on Ferry Street. At 11 a.m. a Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at Victory Park. Parade lineup begins at 1:30 p.m. at the corner of North Ridge and South Claus Roads. Parade begins at 1:45 p.m., marching to Brownhelm Cemetery at Sunnyside and North Ridge Roads. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on.
WHAT: Sandusky Memorial Day Parade
WHEN: 9 a.m. May 30
WHERE: Ohio Veteran’s Home, 3416 Columbus Ave, Sandusky
One of the biggest Memorial Day parades will be in Sandusky, starting at the Ohio Veteran's Home with local groups, organizations, school bands and more. The line-up will begin in front of the I.F. Mack Building with opening ceremonies to begin at 9 a.m. and the parade to follow.
WHAT: Castalia Memorial Day Parade
WHEN: 9:15 a.m. May 30
WHERE: Downtown Castalia
Parade lines up at 9:15 a.m. at the fire station on South Street. Decorated bicycles and vehicles are welcome to participate. Parade stops at the Lions Club Veterans Memorial and the duck pond for laying of wreaths and prayer. Services will be at at Castalia Cemetery at 10 a.m. include a reading of the “What Memorial Day Means to Me” by Thomas Neill Women’s Relief Corps 275 scholarship winners. Guest speaker is James Barnard, Curator of Ohio Veterans’ Home Museum.
WHAT: New London Memorial Day Parade
WHEN: 10 a.m. May 30
WHERE: Memorial Park, New London
The town of New London will have a Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. with a ceremony at Memorial Park afterwards. The parade will start at the American Legion.
WHAT: Clyde Memorial Day Parade
WHEN: 10 a.m. May 30
WHERE: Downtown Clyde
The city of Clyde will have a Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. through the downtown area.
WHAT: Lakeside Memorial Day Parade
WHEN: 10:30 a.m. May 30
WHERE: Pavilion Circle, Lakeside
Lakeside will have a Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 30 beginning at 10:30 a.m. that will travel east to west on Second Street. After the parade, guests are invited to the Pavilion Circle to take part in the Memorial Day ceremony.