Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember the brave people who have served our country. It’s also the unofficial start of summer, which means it’s the perfect time to get together with the people we are closest to and gather together for tailgates, picnics, barbecues, or just to go out and explore all that this great country has to offer. Here are just some of the best Memorial Day activities to help you make the most of this long weekend.
Visit a National Cemetery: Pay your respects to our fallen heroes by visiting a national cemetery. Visiting a national cemetery on Memorial Day is a meaningful and poignant way to honor and remember the sacrifices made by our fallen heroes. National cemeteries are the final resting place for many veterans, and thus they offer a solemn and peaceful environment to pay your respects. Many national cemeteries even hold Memorial Day ceremonies. The ceremonies usually include music, speeches, and a wreath-laying ceremony. They are a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by veterans, and they provide us an opportunity to reflect on their service and show appreciation for their sacrifice.
Attend a Memorial Day Parade: Many cities and towns across the country also hold Memorial Day parades. Attending a Memorial Day parade is a great way to show support for our veterans and active military members especially if cemeteries don’t suit you, or maybe you have children. The parades typically feature veterans, active military members, marching bands, floats, and other community organizations. They provide a great opportunity to come together as a community to honor veterans and active military members and to show appreciation for their service. It’s a great way to get into the patriotic spirit of the holiday and to show your appreciation for the sacrifices made by veterans and active military members. The parades are also a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Memorial Day and the importance of remembering and honoring our veterans.
Go on a Road Trip: With the extra day off, going on a road trip over Memorial Day weekend is a great way to make the most of the long weekend. It’s an opportunity to explore new places, create lasting memories and enjoy the freedom of the open road. There are many amazing road trip destinations in the US, from the mountains to the beach, from the city to the countryside, the options are endless. You could explore the beautiful national parks, such as Yosemite or Yellowstone, or visit only one of the interesting places that we have written about on this blog.
Have a picnic: Memorial Day is one of the first weekends of the year that it’s warm enough to have a picnic, making it the perfect way to burn off all those lingering winter blues. You can pack a basket with your favorite foods, and head to a local park, beach, or even your own backyard! Bring along a few games and you have the makings of a fun-filled day for everyone. Remember to pack some sunscreen and bug spray to protect yourself, and make sure to enjoy!
Take a hike: Taking a hike on Memorial Day is a fantastic way to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful spring weather. Hiking is a great way to get some exercise, get some fresh air, and enjoy the beauty of nature. Hiking also holds an excellent opportunity to disconnect from our digital world and really enjoy each moment. Remember to respect nature and leave it better than you found it, that means taking your trash and any other waste you bring or find with you.
Go to a beach: If you are lucky enough to live near the coast, going to the beach on Memorial Day weekend is a great way to enjoy the warm weather and the beautiful scenery. The beach makes a perfect place to relax and unwind, not to mention all of the activities to enjoy. For example, if you’re looking to soak up some sun, grab a towel and find a spot on the sand to lay out and catch some rays. If you’re feeling more active, take a swim in the ocean or try your hand at a water sport like surfing and paddleboarding. The beach is also great for games like volleyball, frisbee, or building sandcastles with the kids.
No matter how you choose to spend your Memorial Day, be sure to take a moment to honor and remember the brave people who have served our country. Their sacrifice and dedication to protecting our freedom should never be forgotten.