Between the family barbecues, beach trips, and blockbuster movie releases, many think of Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer. But it's also important to take a time to honor the military men and women who have died while serving our country. Here are some of our favorite ways to spend the last weekend in May.
There's nothing more exciting than turning on the grill for the first time for the summer. Want to add something new to your grilling repertoire? Try out a few of these classic barbecue dishes that even picky eaters will devour.
Most small towns and cities mark the day with an annual Memorial Day parade to honor those who have died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. Check your local papers for a parade near you.
Venture outside of your own backyard to a nearby park where your kids can play with other children their own age, jump around in water fountains, and soak in all the Vitamin D possible — just don't forget to apply sunscreen first.
Pay tribute to those who have lost their lives fighting for our country by visiting a nearby , where you can place flags and flowers on the graves.
Help your kids get in touch with their creative side by setting up a patriotic craft session. Check out these red, white, and blue DIYs to get inspired.
It just so happens that May is . Dust off your wheels and pick out a route you've never tried before. You won't mind getting in some exercise on your day off if you're surrounded by beautiful views.
With the weather warming up, eating in the grass and under the sun is a foolproof afternoon. Plan a lunch outdoors with these delicious picnic food ideas.
Memorial Day weekend often marks the official start of swimming pool season. Grab your flip-flops and your swimsuit, then enjoy a splash in the water. Try these .
Organize an activity with the neighborhood kids to write thank you cards to veterans across the country — or better yet, .
Show off your American pride with some patriotic red, white, and blue desserts. Round up the kids to help you make them, then let them enjoy the fruits of their labor afterward.
With Monday off, gather up the family and take a road trip to that nearby small town you've been meaning to check out.
With summer so close you can taste it, finish off that last-minute spring cleaning and get ready for fun. Pull your beach chairs out of storage and put your summer clothes front and center in your closet.