The holiday weekend is one of remembering the fallen and firing up the grill for Summer. Here are some unique ways you can mark Memorial Day this year in Southwest Michigan.

Climax Memorial/Founders Day Car & Motorcycle Show | Mon 9 am-2:30 pm

A holiday weekend tradition, classic car enthusiasts show off their hot rods at the Climax-Scott's Intermediary School with 50/50 raffles, door prizes, kids games and music adding to the fun.

Bloomingdale Memorial Day 5k | Mon 8:30 am

Before you devour all those dogs off the grill, burn off some calories in this 5k run. Collect your own medal and support the Bloomingdale Public Schools Athletic Department as the scenic course takes you on the Kal-Haven Trail.

Kissing Cousins Release Party | Fri | 11 am

Kick off the weekend in Three Oaks at Journeyman's Distillery's tasting room. Esquire magazine calls it "the best whiskey in Michigan." This local cross-town classic is eagerly awaited by fans of whiskey and summer. When it’s gone, you can kiss it good-bye until next year.

Sure, there are lots of parades around Southwest Michigan and that is an important way to honor the real meaning of Memorial Day weekend but why not add something new to your long-weekend kickoff to Summer?