Every year, the last Monday in May honors the sacrifice of the brave men and women who have died serving in the United State military. In 1971, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday. Observing the 3-day holiday weekend is different for everyone. Many families host gatherings, attend parades, or go on a road trips. If you are looking for ways to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, check out the following list for inspiration.
- Attend a Memorial Day Parade: Many communities honor Memorial Day with a parade.
- Moment of Silence or Prayer: Another community activity for Memorial Day focuses on a formal ceremony of raising the United States Flag. Depending on the sponsorship of the event, the activity may hold a moment of silence or prayer for the fallen military members.
- Attend a Community Concert: Many communities will sponsor free outdoor concerts for Memorial Day weekend. The concerts generally focus on a patriotic theme. Depending on the events, the concert may ask for donations to support other types of veteran-based events. Or the community may host vendors to make money for future endeavors.
- Watch Fireworks: Another popular community event for Memorial Day weekend is patriotic fireworks. Grab a blanket, pack a picnic basket, and enjoy the fireworks display with your family.
- Volunteer: Volunteering as a family is always a rewarding experience. For example, to honor Memorial Day, many organizations place flags on the headstones of military members. The activity is a simple way to give back. Getting your family involved is a great learning experience.
- Visit a Memorial Wall or National Cemetery: Visit a Memorial Wall or walk through a National Cemetery to show respect and honor the men and women who never made it home.
- Research Your Family’s Military History: Search your family’s history. Finding information about family members who served is a rewarding experience.
- Host a BBQ: Gather your family or friends for a Memorial Day BBQ at your home, the local park, or other areas of interest. When serving, take a moment to recognize the fallen heroes with a toast. The act of toasting is a simple gesture but can easily turn into a long-standing Memorial Day tradition.
- Be Thankful: Whether you and your family chose to travel, attend events, or stay home, for Memorial Day weekend, be thankful for your choice.
The Memorial Day weekend unofficially kicks off the summer season. Celebrate, remember, and appreciate the weekend with your family and friends. Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!