Memorial Day weekend has arrived! What're your plans? If that question just made you draw a blank, we understand. Thankfully, there are plenty of things you can do to turn the weekend into an event even at the very last minute--and not just this weekend, but any weekend!
1. Camping Trip
In a lot of places in the country, the weather is the perfect temperature for a great camping trip--not yet too hot from summer but warm enough to really enjoy your time outside. Especially if you have Monday off of work, this weekend is a great time to really get out in it.
2. Concert Time
It turns out that in a lot of cities all over the country, Memorial Day weekend is a great time to find a concert in any variety of genres. Classic Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass, Pop--you name it, it's out there this weekend.
Check your local venues for concerts this weekend--you might even be able to find some free outdoor concerts (bonus!).
3. Community Parties
Communities and towns are reaching out and creating public events, often free or very low-cost, and there's a good chance that there's a festival or party somewhere close to you! Local town websites will have these events listed (local radio stations are also likely to have regional events listed).
If you're feeling really motivated, you could even throw your own neighborhood block party and get to know your neighbors a little bit better over a grill and some drinks!
4. Visit a Military Monument
Memorial Day is a time for remembering the veterans who sacrificed for their country, and one great way to do that is to visit a military site. There are many memorials, graveyards, and monuments dedicated to remembering military service, and this weekend is a great time to visit and pay tribute to those who have gone before.
5. Take a Trip
Whether you like the beach, the mountains, the city, or something in between, Memorial Day weekend is a big travel time. If you start looking right away, you can likely find last-minute deals as hotels look to fill before the weekend begins.
Remember to search incognito--it prevents deal sites from saving your search information and changing the prices on you!
6. Find Some Fireworks
Just make sure you know your local laws considering fireworks--many cities and neighborhoods have strict fireworks rules.
7. Take in a Show
This time of year there seems to be a big swell of shows. Whatever you like best, you can probably find it--comedians, musicals, plays.
You might have to look into local venues to find some of the smaller productions, but often you might find the most entertaining shows are the local ones!
8. It's a Parade!
There will be a bunch of parades this weekend--talk about a free way to entertain the kids, enjoy the weather (if it holds out!), and remember the significance of the holiday: a parade hits all three of those points perfectly.
Don't forget to pack your favorite chair, snacks, and drinks!
9. Movie Day
Not wanting to get out or weather keeping you at home? Turn it into a movie day! Get some popcorn, theater candy, drinks, and maybe order a pizza, then pick out a few movies to watch.
Pick a theme or allow family members to each choose a movie, then settle in and enjoy the movie experience (minus the sticky floors or weird-smelling guy behind you).
10. Family BBQ
Sometimes, simple is still the best. If you want to just spend Memorial Day enjoying the company of those you care about most, then grab some of your favorite food to grill, get your family together (or your friends that might as well be family!) and have a barbecue. You can't go wrong spending your time with the people you like.
Take a moment, too; to remember the veterans who sacrificed everything in their desire to protect and serve the nation they loved. It's a great time to appreciate everything we have.