12 Fun Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend With Friends and Family

Memorial Day is meant to honor military service members who are no longer with us. Honoring their sacrifice and service to our country. Families gather to spend time together and enjoy the freedoms this great country allows us.

What will you be doing this Memorial Day weekend? We’re sharing 12 fun things you can do with family and friends to honor the holiday’s history and unplug for an enjoyable three-day weekend.

1. Display the American Flag

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Put up a flag to commemorate the history of the holiday. If you have a flagpole and do this already, good for you! If you don’t, you can buy one that mounts on your house or porch railing.

2. BBQ With Family and Friends

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Memorial Day weekend is a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends. Plan a barbecue with all the trimmings and have the season’s first cookout. Have everyone pitch in and bring their favorite side dish or dessert. It makes it easier for you, and everyone is sure to have something they like to eat.

3. Pay Your Respects

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Visit the cemetery and put flowers and flags on the graves of those who served our country. It’s a great way to honor them and the holiday’s history.

4. Take a Road Trip

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It’s a three-day weekend for many people, so take off on a spur-of-the-moment road trip. Head to your favorite destination or visit somewhere new. Unplug, recharge, and enjoy time spent with family or friends. Here’s what you need to do to have a successful road trip.

5. Yard Games

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Are you having a get-together with family and friends? Don’t forget the yard games! Throw up a volleyball or badminton net or start a game of touch football. Cornhole is a popular backyard game for all ages, and you can make your own boards in time for the holiday weekend. See how to make them here.

6. Have a Backyard Movie Night

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Set up an outdoor screen and invite friends and family over for a backyard movie night. Everyone can bring their own chairs or blankets and make popcorn and have other snacks for a fun evening under the stars. Learn how to make an outdoor movie screen here.

7. Make S’Mores

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S’mores are the ultimate outdoor snack to make around the fire pit. All you need are graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. YUM! Everyone will have fun making their own, and don’t worry about the mess, that’s what makes it so fun. Learn how to make fire pit table here.

8. Have Brunch With Friends

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Memorial Day weekend can be busy, and you may not be able to get together with everyone you want to see. Plan a brunch with friends to catch up on what’s going on in their lives. Meet up at a favorite restaurant or host in your home for a more casual atmosphere.

9. Hit the Memorial Day Sales

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Retailers really put it on over the Memorial Day weekend, and you can pick up some great deals with all the sales going on. Head out to your favorite stores to pick up that must-have item or browse to see what you can get at a discount.

10. Go to the Beach

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Ah, the beach. There’s nothing else quite like sitting in the sand or swimming in the ocean. Plan a day at the beach over the Memorial Day weekend. Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks, and take your beach towels and an umbrella if you have one. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

11. Watch a Parade

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Growing up we all looked forward to watching holiday parades. The floats and the bands kept our attention, and it was a great place for people to enjoy time with their community. Head out to your local Memorial Day parade and honor the service members no longer with us.

12. Camp in the Backyard

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You may not be able to take a camping trip this Memorial Day weekend, but you can still enjoy the great outdoors right in your own backyard. Pitch a tent and camp out under the stars. Unplug and enjoy the time with family.

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Shopping yard sales and estate sales with friends over the weekend is fun, but have you ever wondered what’s worth purchasing at these pop-up sales? Here are 15 things you should buy at yard sales when you get the chance. See them here.

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