Memorial Day is an important day for all of us, serving as a reminder to remember those who have fought for and served this incredible country we call home.
With the holiday weekend 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 fantastic kick-off to summer.
ATTEND A MEMORIAL DAY EVENT
Many towns and cities across the US offer parades and events 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 just a handful of our favorite events happening near InTown Suites properties:
Denver, Colorado – Veterans Memorial Day Tribute
Phoenix, Arizona – Memorial Day Observance at Pioneer and Military Memorial Park
Atlanta, Georgia – Roswell Remembers
Tampa Bay, Florida – Honor Our Heroes Memorial Run
Richmond, Virginia – National Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery
PLAN 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.
Get everyone together! 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 bring the party there for more space.
Check out our 4 No-Cook Meal Ideas for Summer blog for simple dishes to compliment the main event: grilled goodies. The best part? Everything can be prepared without the oven or hours in the kitchen.
DECORATE WITH FLAGS
Memorial Day is an excellent time to wave 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 a friend who needs a hand, an elderly neighbor, or a 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.
For ideas on how you can volunteer or get involved with your local community, check out this blog post and get inspired to give back.
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.
TAKE A TRIP
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.
There are plenty of Exciting Memorial Day Trips Near InTown Suites—featuring everything from beaches to bluegrass.
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No matter how you decide to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend, we’re sure you’ll have a blast spending time with family and friends!