The leaves have bloomed, the sun is shining, and the air is warm and crisp. It must be the end of May! Summer may not start for nearly another month, but the three-day Memorial Day weekend is perfect for activities and hanging out with friends and family outdoors, playing games and making food. You could say Memorial Day Weekend is the official unofficial kick-off to summer!
Many different places, from music venues to state and national parks, will have some sort of activities planned for Memorial Day weekend. In cities around the country, countless musical groups will be performing American classics on Memorial Day in remembrance of military members who lost their lives in action. Now an American tradition, the National Memorial Day Concert is broadcast on PBS nationwide live from the U.S. Capitol. Headlined by the National Symphony Orchestra, the concert is filled with incredible talent. You cannot miss this great Memorial Day music performance!
The battlefields where the Revolutionary and Civil Wars took place have since been protected by the national park service. These battlefields often hold special events on Memorial Day remembering those who fought and died there. These events are incredibly special, powerful, and patriotic. Gettysburg, for example, holds the longest running Memorial Day parade every year. 2016 marks the 148th rendition of the parade. Washington DC hosts a parade of its own, the National Memorial Day Parade. The National Memorial Day Parade takes place at 2pm on Constitution Avenue in Washington DC.
On top of visiting memorials or attending concerts on Memorial Day weekend, the weekend is the perfect time to be outside enjoying the weather, great food, and good company. As far as food is concerned, it’s all about the grill on Memorial Day weekend.
Grilling up some summertime favorites is the best way to bring in the warm weather. We recommend some grilling staples such as grilled vegetable and sausage kabobs, racks of ribs, hot dogs, chicken sausages
, and chicken burgers
! These are sure to make your entire party happy. Other than grilling, outdoor games such as corn hole, Kan Jam, or Bocce ball are a must. Not a fan of yard games? Visit your neighborhood pool! Memorial day weekend is often the first weekend of operation for public pools as it’s just now warm enough.
So what’re you waiting for? Get out there and celebrate!