Memorial Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to kick off the summer season with a bang! This patriotic holiday not only honors and remembers the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the armed forces but also marks the beginning of a fun-filled season of sunshine and outdoor adventures. So, get ready to celebrate Memorial Day in style, as we bring you the 10 best ways to make this holiday weekend unforgettable!

Host a Backyard BBQ Bash:

Fire up the grill, gather your loved ones, and celebrate Memorial Day with a fabulous backyard barbecue! From mouthwatering burgers and sizzling steaks to refreshing summer cocktails, this classic American tradition will set the perfect tone for a day of fun, food, and gratitude.

Attend a Memorial Day Parade:

Immerse yourself in the patriotic spirit by attending a Memorial Day parade in your city or town. Marvel at the vibrant floats, marching bands, and veterans proudly donning their uniforms. It’s a heartwarming experience that brings the community together to honor and remember those who served.

Plan a Beach Getaway:

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of beach season, so why not plan a seaside escape? Pack your sunscreen, beach towel, and favorite summer reads for a relaxing day under the sun. Whether you prefer building sandcastles, taking a dip in the ocean, or simply basking in the coastal breeze, the beach offers a perfect Memorial Day retreat.

Explore the Great Outdoors:

For nature enthusiasts, Memorial Day presents an ideal opportunity to venture into the great outdoors. Lace up your hiking boots, pack a picnic, and set off on a scenic trail. From national parks to local nature reserves, immerse yourself in the beauty of nature while paying homage to those who fought to protect it.

Volunteer at a Veteran’s Center:

Embrace the true spirit of Memorial Day by giving back to those who have served. Spend some time volunteering at a local veteran’s center, engaging in activities or simply lending a listening ear. Your support and appreciation will go a long way in brightening the day of our heroic servicemen and women.

Enjoy a Patriotic Movie Marathon:

Create a cozy movie night at home with a patriotic movie marathon. Curl up on the couch with classic films like “Saving Private Ryan,” “Top Gun,” or “Independence Day.” These cinematic masterpieces not only entertain but also pay homage to the bravery and sacrifice of our military heroes.  We have a list of all the movies you should watch here.

Attend a Memorial Day Concert:

Music has a powerful way of bringing people together, and what better way to celebrate Memorial Day than attending a concert dedicated to honoring our armed forces? Many cities host special concerts featuring live performances by local bands or renowned artists, creating a festive atmosphere filled with uplifting melodies and heartfelt tributes.

Decorate with Red, White, and Blue:

Show your patriotic spirit by decorating your home and backyard with vibrant red, white, and blue hues. Hang flags, create centerpieces using fresh flowers in patriotic colors, and set a festive table for your Memorial Day gathering. The vibrant colors will not only add a touch of elegance but also serve as a visual reminder of the significance of the day.

Visit a Military Museum or Memorial: 

Take a moment to delve into history and pay your respects by visiting a military museum or memorial. These sacred spaces are a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who fought for our freedom. Explore exhibits, learn about the nation’s military heritage, and leave with a profound appreciation for those who served.

Reflect and Remember:

Amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday celebrations, it’s crucial to take a moment to reflect and remember the true meaning of Memorial Day.

About the author

Alice Cash is the Marketing Manager for Jubilance by day and an award winning Theatre Director by night.  Leading the podcast Weekly Woman, she loves her candid conversations with women from all over the world about how they live and the amazing things they are doing to make a difference. Alice is also the editor of the bi-monthly newsletter the Jubilee, a blog dedicated to the power of female wellness especially concerning menstruation.  She’s worked in France creating theatre pieces and taught drama and filmmaking to women and children in Haiti.  She graduated from Georgetown University and holds two master degrees from NYU and The New School.  Alice has traveled to  40+ countries, including Tibet.  She is a New Yorker and can often be found in Central Park, searching out the best bubble tea, or directing a play, you never know where she’ll show up. @alicesadventuresinwonderworld
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