15 Fun Things to Do for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial day decoration lantern15 Fun Things to Do for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is the official kick off holiday for summer and there are many fun things to do for Memorial Day weekend.  This list of 15  Memorial Day weekend activities will spark some ideas to help you plan the three day weekend. 

First of all, I think it is important to recognize why the United States honors this day with a federal holiday of the last Monday in May. Regardless of the plans you may for Memorial Day weekend, take time to observe the reason for it. 

Originally known as Decoration Day, in 1971, the US made it the federal holiday we celebrate today and know as Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a time to take a break to honor the men and women who died while serving the armed services. 

15 Things to do for Memorial Day Weekend

1. Honor tradition by visiting a national cemetery to pay respects to the fallen soldiers buried there; or a local cemetery to help clean and decorate the graves of  family members. Search for National cemeteries in your area: National Cemetery Administration 

memorial day national cemetery

2. Attend a local parade and memorial service in your area. Search your local news sources or contact a local veterans agency for information. THe 

3. Deck out your house in red, white, and blue and have a backyard cookout with hamburgers, hot dogs, and apple pie. I love this antiqued red, white & blue bunting for an old fashioned traditional look. 

patriotic memorial day decorations

4. Spend time at a National Park or a State Park in your area. 

5. Take a hike (my personal favorite!)

6. Kayak, canoe, or tube a river. 

7. Most swimming pools open during the Memorial Day weekend, so spend a day at the pool, lake, or beach. 

memorial day swim

8. Go camping – even if it’s a campout in your backyard! Don’t forget the essentials. 

9. Take a road trip on a scenic highway. Here is a search tool to find one in your state. 

10. Attend a concert; or watch the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS on Sunday night.

11. Find a food festival and enjoy trying something new to eat

12. Go fishingfamily fishing holiday

13. Pop some popcorn and watch patriotic movies.

Here are some recommendations:

  • Top Gun and Top Gun: Maverick
  • Glory
  • Black Hawk Down
  • American Sniper
  • Crimson Tide
  • The Great Escape 
  • Megan Leavey – It’s about a Female Marine and a Dog – You can’t go wrong!

14. Drag out the Nostalgic ice cream maker and make homemade ice cream

15. Even though Memorial Day is a day to honor men and women who have died in service, we can still show support to our local veterans’ groups through monetary support. Wear a poppy on Poppy Day (the Friday before Memorial Day). Poppy Day was brought to the US by the American Legion to honors the fallen as well as the living who have worn a uniform. Buy your poppy from your local American Legion or purchase through their Poppy Store or a Buddy Poppy from VFW. 

buddy poppy

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is a great way to kick off the summer months by spending time outside a family trip, or relaxing and catching Memorial Day sales. Personally, it’s one of my favorite three day weekends to enjoy. It’s also a time to reflect on why we honor this holiday. 

Try on of these 15 Fun Ideas to Do For Memorial Day Weekend this year. 

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3 thoughts on “15 Fun Things to Do for Memorial Day Weekend

  1. Great post — I especially love the movie suggestions. Keeping two teen-boys in movies is tough!

    Thank you!!


  2. Thanks for the suggestions! I love to spend time outside and we plan on having my sister and neice for a cookout on Memorial Day. I am ready for kayaking or enjoying Lake Norman. We typically will go to a parade when we are visiting relatives.
    Have a great week!
    jess xx

  3. I can see why you are happy Kim as you have offered so many wonderful ideas on what to do. Thank you for also sharing why this holiday is celebrated it’s important to keep the memories of our fallen soldiers alive ❤️💙🇺🇸

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