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Memorial Day in Muskegon County: 2019

“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” sculpture. The statue represents Muskegon-born Clarence Zylman, the famed Boogie Woogie Bugler of World War II.

In 2018 the insurance company Insurify analyzed over 900,00 insurance applications looking for any individuals named on the policy who were active or former service members. The resulting data was analyzed to determine the percentage of local residents in each state, then the top-ranking city in each state was identified. Muskegon County was recognized as having the highest number of active and former service members in the state of Michigan, and we thank them. However…ALL deserve to be saluted for their contributions to the national defense.


This Memorial Day, visit one of our Military Museums or Memorial sites:


Memorial Day Parades to Attend:

  • Fruitport Old Fashioned Days Memorial Day Parade
    May 27 | 2:00 pm | Begins Fruitport Middle School and Ends at Fruitport High School
  • Greater Muskegon Memorial Day Parade| May 27 | 9:00 am | Downtown Muskegon
  • Lakeside Memorial Day Parade
    May 27 | 10:30 am | Begins at Denmark and Harrison in the Lakeside District Association
  • Ravenna Memorial Day Parade
    May 27 | 10:00 am | Begins on Corner of Stafford and Conklin


Memorial Day Events to Attend:


Memorial Day Crafts, Make & Take: Lakeshore Museum Center| May 25 | 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Families are invited to the Lakeshore Museum Center to commemorate Memorial Day by creating a patriotic craft you get to take home! The cost is $5 for this walk-in, open-house style event.

Armed Forces Appreciation Day: Michigan’s Adventure| May 26 – May 27

In an effort to honor this extraordinary brand of men and women who preserve our freedom, a cause greater than self, they have an offer for you.  Michigan’s Adventure celebrates America’s best by offering thrilling rides, super-fast water slides and ginormous waves, never-ending laughs and memories for a lifetime.  During the Tribute to the Armed Forces, they honor service members by providing free military tickets and exceptional military discounts.

May 26 – 27, they will waive the regular admission fee for active and retired members of the Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve. What’s more, this special military offers extend beyond service members to their families as well.  Military personnel can purchase up to six discounted tickets for immediate family members for only $27 each.  Just bring an active military ID, DD-214 papers or a veteran’s designated driver’s license to receive these tokens of their military appreciation.

32nd Annual Lost Boat Ceremony: USS Silversides Submarine Museum| May 26 @ 11:00 am

The event begins with a flyover of planes performing the Missing Man Formation.  It includes a musical celebration of those who serve in every branch of the military.  It also features a tribute to the 52 submarines lost in WWII taking the lives of over 3,500 brave young Americans who remain on eternal patrol to this day.  The event ends with the running of the engines of the USS Silversides Submarine and a complimentary picnic lunch. The guest speaker this year is Captain Paul J. Ryan (Ret) U.S. Navy. There is no charge to attend this event.

Note: For the month of May, USS Silversides Submarine Museum members can show their cards at the Lakeshore Museum Center and enjoy free general admission to their sites, including the Main Museum as well as the Hackley & Hume homes, the Firebarn Museum and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era.  Muskegon has so many wonderful things to offer and they are excited to partner with the Lakeshore Museum Center to showcase a few of them with their members.

Frauenthal Center Memorial Day Concert | May 27 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Annual Memorial Day Ceremony for Muskegon! Featuring patriotic music selections from the Mona Shores High School Band. Free – No Ticket Required. Doors Open at 9:30am

Keep the Boat Afloat: The Vikings Lodge | May 27 | 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This is the second annual fundraiser to benefit Operation Black Sheep and PBR 7331.  Operation Black Sheep is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to restoring and operating a Viet Nam era patrol boat (PBR 7331) on Muskegon Lake.  This fundraiser will help Operation Black Sheep to fulfill its mission to offer veterans a sense of belonging and healing while cruising together on Muskegon Lake. Other cruises are available to the general public to help tell this part of the story of our country’s military history.