Wayland Memorial Day Events Announced All are invited to Wayland’s annual Memorial Day events scheduled for Monday, May 29th. Veterans are needed for cemetery honors and parade participation. The bus for the cemetery honors will depart at 7:45 am from the Wayland VFW. The cemetery schedule is: 8:30am Hooker, 9:00am Native American, 9:25am Germond, 9:45am St. Cyril’s, 10:00am Hill, 10:20am Elmwood.
Beginning at 11:00am is the Annual Memorial Day Parade beginning at the MI State Police Post and concluding at the Wayland VFW Post 7581. Out of respect for the Veterans, Wayland VFW Post Commander Floyd Hitchcock is requesting that any trucks, big rigs, etc please refrain from using sirens and horns. City resident and business owner Mike Salisbury stated, “I thought it was a huge improvement when the sirens and horns stopped blaring.” Always remembering those who served is a vital aspect of the Wayland Memorial Day Parade, with the mood more somber and reflective. While marching bands do play patriotic music, there are no sirens blaring and horns honking (which are common in celebratory parades—including Wayland’s annual Christmas Parade). All parade participants are asked to please refrain from using sirens and horns.
For parade details and City Police parade rules, please view www.waylandchamber.org/eventscommunity. At the parade conclusion, the public is invited to the VFW to enjoy the pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, and Mayor Bala’s Famous Cole Slaw. The cost is $6.00 per person (cash or checks only). If you are able to participate for the cemetery honors, would like to volunteer at the luncheon, or have any questions, please contact the Wayland VFW Post #7581 at 269-792-2975.
Parade Line Up: 10:00am Floats and vehicles (line up on Dahlia Ave, facing Main St). Please DO NOT expect to take Main Street to line up as you will be UNABLE to turn onto Dahlia. You MUST take the side roads (Park St is recommended) to line up. Please do NOT block driveways on Dahlia during line-up. Questions? Look for Parade Volunteers wearing the neon safety vests that will be near the MI State Police Dept.
Memorial Day Parade
Held annually on Memorial Day beginning at 11:00am at the MI State Police Post and concluding at the Wayland VFW Post #7581. Parade line up begins at 10:00am. BBQ Lunch served at the VFW at the conclusion of the parade. City Police parade rules are enforced and should be reviewed prior to participation. Parade rules can be viewed at the bottom of this page.
Held on the first Saturday (immediately following the first Friday in December) is the Annual Christmas Parade beginning at 11:00am. Parade line up begins at 10:00am at the Wayland VFW Post #7581 and concludes at the Wayland Fire Department. Visits with Santa will take place at the WFD immediately following the parade. Non-profits are eligible to win a cash prize for decorating according to the parade theme (announced in October). City Police parade rules are enforced and should be reviewed prior to participation. Parade rules can be viewed at the bottom of this page.
City Police Parade Rules are as follows:
– Nothing shall be thrown from any moving vehicle. Handing out candy or other objects is permitted by walkers only.
– All dogs in the parade must be kept on leashes and held by someone strong enough to handle them.
– All animals participating in the parade must be kept under control.
– Four wheelers, all-terrain vehicles, and mini-racers are prohibited except in certain conditions that are approved by the Wayland City Police Department.
– A parade entrant which operates a vehicle or other equipment in such a way that can be dangerous (burn outs, careless/reckless driving) to spectators or other parade participants will be removed from the parade and possibly cited.
– The parade route is one-way. No parade entrant may reverse direction.
– Participants on bikes, scooters, skateboards, skates, etc. must wear a helmet and proper safety equipment.
– No one may step off a vehicle, float, or any other moving piece of equipment during the parade except in an emergency. Float riders must be completely on the float with no legs or other parts of the body hanging over the sides of the float.