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Community Events

Extended hours for grounds access beginning May 1 are through September 15, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Free public walking tours of Elmwood Cemetery are held every month from March to October. In May, we'll visit some of the many service members who are buried at Elmwood going back to the Revolutionary War and discuss the history of Memorial Day, once known as Decoration Day. Sunday, May 26 at 12 p.m. Learn more and register here.

Please stop outside the office and take a complementary carnation to adorn your loved one's grave.  Please only take one carnation per grave site. Supplies are limited. We hope our families will enjoy this meaningful sign of support and understanding.

Free public walking tours of Elmwood Cemetery are held every month from March to October. In June, we'll talk about maritime history at Elmwood — from shipbuilders and steamboat captains to the industrialists who shaped Detroit's riverfront and the people for whom the water was a road to freedom. Sunday, June 23 at 10 a.m. Learn more and register here.

Fall/Winter Hours begin. Grounds access from 8:30 – 4:00 daily.

Adorn your loved one’s grave with a wreath this winter. They are made from natural, freshly cut evergreen boughs decorated in seasonal colors. Wreaths are 18” in diameter with a beautiful all weather red bow and 5 pinecones, on a stand. Contact our office by calling 313/567-3453. Elmwood's grounds crew will place the wreath on your loved one's grave.

Join us for a tour of Detroit's first certified Arboretum in its autumn splendor! You'll learn more about the history of Elmwood Cemetery, its landscape (Frederick Law Olmsted was here), and the 90+ species of trees in this serene, green oasis in the heart of the city. Certified master arborist Todd Fleishans co-leads this tour to share information about Elmwood's notable trees and teach some tree ID basics. Sunday, October 6 at 10 a.m. Learn more and register here.Learn more and register here.

All are welcome to join the Elmwood community as Reverend Steven J. Kelly, Pastor of St. John’s Episcopal Church Detroit, leads a service to honor those who have passed away. A walking tour is available beginning at 9:00 a.m. at no charge for those who are interested. 

Elmwood's annual public Veterans Day celebration will be held in partnership with Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit Historic Civil War Society.

Join us as we honor those currently serving and those who have served our country. Special recognition is given to the members of the Civil War's USCT 102nd who was the first black troop to fight for the Union from Michigan.

More details to be confirmed in spring 2024.

Or perhaps, you would like to enjoy Elmwood on your own or with a group of friends. Each year, we are visited by those who choose to picnic alongside our restored pond, run or bicycle on our roads, watch for the migration of birds in Michigan, photograph our unique memorials, walk along our beautiful grounds appreciating our outdoor sculpture garden, the perennials, and majestic trees, or simply contemplate this quiet setting in the heart of Detroit.

Cemetery Hours
Grounds Access
May 1 – September 15         7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Daily
September 16 – April 30       8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Daily

Office Hours
Weekdays       9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Saturdays       9:00 a.m. – noon
The office is closed on Sundays but the grounds are open.