Make Your Memorial Day Weekend More Memorable With These Fun Ideas

Father and son play camp in the backyard. Young father and his little toddler boy are playing together in an orange tent outdoors. Folding chair, guitar are near on the lawn
Backyard camping. Take the kids and camping gear on a trial run close to home!  Maybe you’re not ready to take the kids to a campground or maybe you just like the comfort of your morning coffee close by. Create a fun staycation in your own yard!

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Pause for the National Moment of Remembrance. Memorial Day is often packed with activities, but 3 p.m. your local time is the National Moment of Remembrance where we can take a minute to pause, reflect and remember.

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Backyard scavenger hunt. Think you know your yard like the back of your hand? You’d probably be surprised at what you haven’t noticed before. Make a list of scavenger hunt items in your yard or a nearby park and send the kids (or adults!) on a hunt.

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Create an outdoor cinema or find one locally. Many of us missed the movie theater experience over the past year, but the best thing to come out of it was outdoor theaters! Whether it’s a projector in your backyard or a professional set up at a local park, the entire family is sure to enjoy the fresh air and big screen.

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Pay respects at a local cemetery. Bring flowers and flags to a local cemetery to honor those who have served. If you can’t make it to a military cemetery in person, maybe consider donating to organizations that will place them for you.

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Host a BBQ. A classic holiday weekend tradition that never gets old. Get the kids involved and have them get the toppings ready!

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Head for the beach. Memorial Day usually means the beginning of warm weather. Celebrate the beginning of the season at the beach!

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Organize a neighborhood bike parade. Decorate the bikes and ride around the neighborhood in celebration. This is a great opportunity to celebrate socially at a distance, either with neighbors on the ride or simply waving hello as you pass by.

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Father and son play camp in the backyard. Young father and his little toddler boy are playing together in an orange tent outdoors. Folding chair, guitar are near on the lawn
Young boy salutes flags of Memorial Day display in a small townOther images:
Asian Chinese little girl looking at flower through a magnifying glass in outdoor garden
couple sitting in camp-chairs in city park looking movie outdoors at open air cinema lifestyle
White headstones in a cemetery decorated with American flags
Portrait of multigeneration family outdoors on garden barbecue, grilling and talking.
Playful kids while parents watch
Bike decorated for July 4th parade

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Don’t have any plans this Memorial Day weekend? Or, are you looking for something fresh to do over the first warm holiday? Celebrate the red, white and blue with these fun, family-friendly activities.

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