Most of us will get an extra day off work and school this upcoming Memorial Day Weekend. The weather is getting warmer and summer is just around the corner, meaning lots of fun outdoor activity opportunities. With that said, spending quality time with close family and friends and acknowledging those in our military is a great way to show your appreciation for the fallen soldiers on this federal holiday. We can take advantage of this extra time off, all while paying tribute.
Attend a Parade
Most towns will throw a Memorial Day Parade honoring the brave men and women in our military. It also brings the community together and a fun way to introduce younger children to what this holiday is all about. If crowds are something you’re not comfortable experiencing just yet, put on your own parade in your backyard with musical instruments and candy.
Grab some weatherproof fabric, fabric paint, and an old broom stick at your craft store. Have the kids decorate it using some sort of American theme. They could also host a bike decorating contest with the other neighborhood kids using these fun ideas. Or, keep things simple and have them draw the American flag on the driveway using sidewalk chalk.
Bake Cookies for Veterans
Ask your local veterans’ hospital or VFW post if they accept baked goods or crafts that the kids can make to show their respect for veterans. Additionally, if you know someone who has served, ask them to join you for a neighborhood barbecue.
Virtual Tour of the Whitehouse
If the weather is keeping you inside and you’ve exhausted every Netflix movie, this virtual tour of the White House is a simple and fun learning activity. The site also displays other historical figures, events, and art.
Host an Outdoor Movie
Select a patriotic movie and invite the neighbors over for a screening outside. Here is a fairly easy tutorial on how to make an outdoor movie screen. This is something you’ll use all summer long.
Write a Letter to a Service Member
Whether it’s an active, reserve, or veteran service member, writing a letter is a simple yet thoughtful way to show your appreciation. A Million Thanks is a company that you can send your letter to who will then mail it to someone who is serving or has served in the military.
Visit a National Park
America has beautiful national parks where you and your family can hike, picnic, bike, or simply take in some magnificent views. We may not live down the street from one, but the longer weekend allows time for a road trip and possibly even camping. Besides, what better way to show your appreciation for this country than to spend it outdoors?
Celebrating Memorial Day doesn’t have to be costly. We encourage you to soak up this time with your family and give thanks to the brave men and women who have served in the military.