Memorial Day is an important day to all of us, serving as a prompt to think about and remember those who have fought and served for this incredible country we call home.
So with Memorial Day quickly approaching, we’ve decided to put together a few ideas on how you and your family can recognize this special day together.
This Memorial Day, make it all about spending time with loved ones as you remember those who have fought for your freedom, and enjoy a kick-off to the beautiful summer season.
Attend a Memorial Day Parade.
Many towns and cities across the US offer parades to recognize Memorial Day – often concluding with a moment of silence or a memorial service. These are excellent community events and are perfect for the whole family, combining excitement, education, and the outdoors.
Here are some parade listings, to name just a few:
- Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade
- National Memorial Day Parade
- Brooklyn’s 148th Memorial Day Parade
- Massachusetts Memorial Day Parades
Host a Family BBQ.
Traditionally seen as the unofficial kick-off to summer, Memorial Day is an excellent time to get family and friends together to share stories of the past, exchange gratitude, and enjoy a delicious meal together.
Invite everyone in for a gathering – it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with the friends and relatives you’ve been meaning to see. You can even find a local park or beach with BBQ facilities, and share your meal with others you run into.
Decorate with Flags.
Memorial Day is an excellent time to boast our red, white, and blue with true pride! Let the kids join in the fun and hang flags from the house and on the lawn. There’s never been a better time to embrace your patriotism (and your yard will look fabulous in stripes and stars!).
If you have a flagpole, consider joining others in the country by lowering the flag half-mast from dawn until noon (local time) as a sign of respect.
Whether it’s for a friend who is moving, or for the community soup kitchen, volunteering is a great way to pay it forward in a positive way that echoes the spirit of Memorial Day. Take it upon yourself to do something selfless, just as the many men and women we celebrate on Memorial Day did.
Enjoy a Concert.
There are plenty of shows and concerts to choose from this Memorial Day weekend, but one of our longstanding favorites is of course the National Memorial Day Concert. If you can’t be in Washington to celebrate in person, be sure to tune into the televised event on PBS. It’s a truly fantastic event year after year.
Book a Getaway.
Get away as a family and enjoy a change of scenery this Memorial Day weekend. Whether it be out of state or a simple staycation, the long weekend is the perfect time to reconnect. Take advantage of some (hopefully) fine weather and enjoy a weekend at the cottage, on a hiking trip, or a road trip to visit family – it’s the perfect opportunity.
Looking for affordable accommodations? Check out our list of extended stay locations – they make the perfect home base.
However you decide to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend, we’re sure you’ll have a blast!