If a fun Memorial Day to you does not necessarily involve drinking and partying, then this is the article for you!! There are so many fun ways to spend the day, giving you that much more of a reason to want to remember it! Here’s a list of then of these Memorial Day activities!
1. Hit the Beach
Memorial Day arrives just when the weather starts to warm up, so it is the perfect day to hit the beach. Whether you are looking to lay out and relax with a good book or play some beach volleyball with friends, the beach is the place to spend the day. Just make sure to plan ahead and claim a spot on the sand early enough in the morning before it gets too crowded!
2. Bake Fun Desserts with Friends
Nothing is more exciting than trying out new recipes. With endless options of fun Memorial Day themed dessert recipes available on websites like Pinterest, you and your friends will have plenty of choices in terms of fun new recipes to try. Whether you are baking to contribute to a potluck or just you and your close friends, baking fun desserts is a great activity for Memorial Day, giving you a reason to proudly show off your work on your Instagram story.
3. Picnic at the Park
Sometimes the park can be an underrated location. While the beach is such a fun place to spend Memorial Day, it can often be incredibly crowded. If you are more inclined to spend your time having a peaceful picnic with friends and family than joining in the overwhelming crowd of a Southern California beach, then going to a local park is the right choice for you this weekend.
4. Host a Barbecue
Hosting a barbecue is a great activity that does not require a lot of planning or preparation. You can easily host a potluck barbecue where you encourage guests to bring their dish or dessert of choice, making hosting the even even easier. Barbecues are a fun way to bring together friends and family, bringing a heartfelt spirit to your Memorial Day weekend.
5. Watch a Parade
Memorial Day is the prime holiday in terms of different parades being held. Most cities and small towns hold a parade to bring attention to and honor the veterans who lost their lives serving our country. All this requires is a bit of planning to find the time and location of the nearest parade, but you’ll be so glad that you did.
6. End the Night with a Bonfire
Bonfires are fun on any occasion, but they are the prime way to end your Memorial Day. Whether you live near the beach and can head there for a bonfire, or have a fire pit in your backyard, this is the perfect way to end the day with great conversation, good music, and amazing friends. Plus, it gives you the perfect excuse to indulge in some late night s’mores!
7. Go on a Bike Ride
Going on a bike ride can often be overlooked as a fun way to spend the day. However, I think that it is a great way to get some fresh air and enjoy the nice weather on your Memorial Day weekend. Whether you live in a small town or near the beach, going on a bike ride will allow you to get a bit of exercise while admiring the beautiful day. Also, May also happens to be National Bike Month, so going on a bike ride is basically mandatory at some point in the month, so why not enjoy a nice ride on Memorial Day?
8. Plan a Hike
Hikes are a great way to get some exercise while enjoying beautiful views. If you gather a group of friends to join you on a hike on Memorial Day, you definitely will be seizing the day in a way that does not require any partying or alcohol. A great way to end the hike would be to have a picnic at the top of whatever location you chose to hike at.
9. Visit a Veterans’ Cemetery
While the other activities on this list allow for celebration and fun with friends and family, this is a great way to commemorate the real meaning of the holiday. By something as simple as bringing flowers to the nearest veterans’ cemetery or just visiting to show your love and appreciation for the individuals who lost their lives fighting for our country, this is an activity that is so worth your time on your Memorial Day weekend.
10. Spend Quality Time with Friends/Family
The overall most important thing to do on Memorial Day is to spend quality time with your friends and family. Whether you choose to do that by entertaining any of the nine other activities on this list, or have your own idea of how to spend the day, being surrounded by your loved ones is the most important thing to do this Memorial Day.