As small as the city of Jackson, Michigan, is, the community has always been keen on scheduling community activities and getting the community involved throughout the year in events. Memorial Day marks the beginning of summertime fun in Jackson. The summer fun kicks off at Cascades Falls Park on Memorial Day and continues all year, summer until winter.
1. Cascades Fall Park
Visitors come from near and far to witness the amazing dancing lights in the Cascades Falls. Memorial Day Weekend kicks off in Jackson, Michigan with a fireworks display at the top of the Cascades Falls, in Cascades Falls Park on May 24, 2014. At 7 PM marks the beginning of the annual Rose Pageant Talent Show. In June, Jackson celebrates the Rose Parade and the Rose Queen leads the way for summer fun. This Rose Queen automatically goes to the state level of competition to enter for a chance of becoming Miss Michigan
2. Memorial Day Parade
Jackson kicks off the summer with Memorial Day on May 26. Many residents of Jackson spend Memorial Day activities in their own tradition, whatever residents want to do always start with a Memorial Day parade. Resident’s of Jackson strongly believe in paying homage to veterans living and lost in combat. The parade ends at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery with a tribute to the men who gave their lives so we can live in freedom.
On this day, most of Jackson residents are enjoying picnics at Cascades Falls Park. There are a variety of picnic tables, grills, two children’s playgrounds, The Ice Cream Company, and paddleboats where visitors paddle around the waters of the park.
3. Michigan State Prison Tour
On May 26th Jackson is planning, a Historic Prison Tour, which will be open to the public.This tour, begins at The Michigan Theatre in downtown Jackson. Jackson’s history hails the Two Largest Walled Prisons in the World. In 1839, Michigan built the Michigan State Prison in Jackson on Cooper Street, which lies just blocks from downtown Jackson. This prison still has two large walls standing and the buildings left standing donated as an art institute. This prison is now a historical site. Parts of this prison are now home to The Armory Arts Village. This tour includes a lunch break at Jackson’s renowned, Steve’s Ranch Restaurant.
4. Ella Sharp Museum and Jackson Civic Art Association
Portrait sessions are scheduled with open studio. Painters are encouraged to attend and set up and enjoy an afternoon of peaceful art drop-in sessions.