Whether you think of Memorial Day as the official summer kickoff, the beginning of picnics and BBQ season, or just time well spent with family and friends, it’s important to remember the true meaning of this day – remembering those that served in the United States Military!
President Richard Nixon officially declared Memorial Day a federal holiday in 1967, to be celebrated on the last Monday in May across the U.S. Cities across the country began to hold their own celebrations to pay respect for men & women who lost their lives while serving in the military.
Memorial Day is a great opportunity to spend quality time with your family and friends, while also honoring those who served in the military! We gathered some of our favorite ways to celebrate, that are great for everyone in the family.
5 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day:
1 – Attend a parade!
Pay tribute to those who have served by attending a parade! This traditional Memorial Day activity is one that the whole family will love. Check out your local town hall and community centers for local parades near you!
2 – Gather family and friends for a Memorial Day celebration.
Memorial Day BBQs are the perfect opportunity for you to gather with friends and family! Get patriotic by decorating with festive red, white & blue accessories. Don’t forget to tie the Patriotic theme into your menu, too! During your celebration, take a moment to honor the National Moment of Remembrance. The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3:00pm on Memorial Day. This is an awesome way to incorporate celebrating the true meaning of Memorial Day while spending quality time with your friends and family.
3 – Donate your time.
Volunteering your time is one of the best ways to give back for Memorial Day AND all year-round! Prior to this weekend, contact your local Veterans Service Center to see if they need volunteers. You and your family can bring some sweet treats to share while enjoying some of your favorite books, movies, and games. Just spending time with you is sure to make their day!
4 – Design care packages for military members.
Through programs such as Operation Gratitude, you and your family can design care packages and send them to active members of the military who are deployed overseas. Some great things to include are supplies, personal care products, homemade cards, and crafts. This Memorial Day activity is a great way for you to thank our country’s service members and make memories with every member of your family!
5 – Surprise the active members of the military and veterans in your community.
Do you know those who have served or are currently serving in your neighborhood? Pay them a visit and surprise them with a thoughtful gift and a hand-made card! This will put a smile on their face while you thank them for their service.