memorial day travelMajor holidays are often full of standard outings and visiting family, but Memorial Day brings in the chance to change up your weekend plans. A few ideas for getting a day out at the Memorial Day time of year include visiting historic sites and cookouts. Now, as the weather is finally starting to improve after a long winter, you can spend the time outside enjoying with friends and family, while even bringing yourself closer to the community as well.


Whether cooking is a hobby, your hopefully-not-burning passion, or a skill you’ve picked up through years of use, a cookout is a great way to get out for the day. Memorial Day has become synonymous with backyard barbeques filled with outdoor décor, and often marks the beginning of summer festivities. A fun chili competition, hot dog bar, or best side for some outright American burgers can be a great way to enjoy the day.

Soldier Cemeteries

Visiting the graves of soldiers from any generation is an excellent way to mark the holiday. Laying down flowers, flags or pinwheels can bring color and a moment of happiness into the grounds. For ideas on which cemeteries to visit and what you can do, contact a local boy scout group. The boy scouts are well-known for leaving flags and other crafts on the graves of soldiers on a Memorial Day. Reaching out to a scoutmaster can help you plan your day.

Arrange an Indoor Party

April showers sometimes tend to take over May as well, and Memorial Day isn’t always sunny and warm. If you expect gloomy weather decorate a rec room, lobby, or living room and stage an indoor party. Cover tables with red, white, and blue table clothes will make for easy cleanup. You can also schedule a moment of silence for all those lost through war times. For food, set up an ice cream bar to indulge in some sweets. Then turn on the Indy 500, one of the many traditions for Memorial Day across America.

Watch or Take Part in a Parade

Memorial Day parades are meant to celebrate our soldiers. If your city or town hosts a parade, get in contact to see what you can do. Even if a project like a large float isn’t your idea of a good time, there are many other activities you can do to help through the day. Collect a group of interested individuals to put together the town’s flag raising or announcing the National Moment of Remembrance. You can even work with the planning committee to schedule entertainment and food vendors.

Go Out on the Water

If you are lucky enough to live near a lake, river, or right on the ocean take the day to head out onto the water. Spending a day with your family on a pontoon is relaxing. It’s a great option for anyone who doesn’t want the walking that comes with most of the Memorial Day activities. You can put together a weekend-long trip to enjoy more than just one day of fun and relaxation!

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