COVID-19 and Michigan's "stay home" order has thrown a wrench into a lot of people's Memorial Day traditions, but here's some things you still can do to celebrate.

Memorial Day is seen as "the unofficial" kickoff to summer and while many events that help facilitate that are cancelled, doesn't mean our fun has to be!

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Now, I know the Memorial Day parade in Jackson has been cancelled, but here is a list of some things you can still do in the area:

 

  • 1

    Falling Waters Trail

    According to Experience Jackson, the trail is 10.5 miles long and connects the city of Concord to Jackson. Along the trail there are places to pull off and take a break, including Lime Lake where you can fish, swim or just stop and admire the scenery. The trail has multiple locations where you can drop in and pop off so you don't have to commit to all 10+ miles.

  • 2

    Cascades Falls Park

    Every time I have driven by, I see tons of people enjoying a walk through the park. Though the playground equipment is blocked off, there is beautiful scenery and plenty of space to account for social distancing. You can also make a stop for some ice cream at Cascades Ice Cream Co.

  • 3

    Lakes on Lakes on Lakes

    According to MLive, "Jackson County is home to 125 lakes ranging from small, private lakes to those that are large and lively." While private lakes require stickers and access fees in order to put in any watercraft there are so many public lakes! CLICK HERE for MLive's guide to which lakes so you can decide which would be most perfect for your chosen activities.

  • 4

    Bright Walls Downtown

    Though the Bright Walls Festival is not scheduled until later this year, you can walk around downtown, pick up a coffee from Jackson Coffee Company and explore all of the murals from the past two iterations of the festival.

  • 5

    Nature? More Like NEATure!

    Jackson is also home to multiple places where you can stop and appreciate nature from various hiking trails, the Dahlem Environmental Education Center, and MacCready Nature Reserve. There are plenty of hiking trails to be hiked and nature to be nurtured!