Top 6 ways to celebrate Memorial Day weekend


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One of the ways to celebrate Memorial Day weekend is to have a picnic outside.

By Kendyl Groisser, Online Managing Editor

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season and is a time when friends and families gather to celebrate, relax and remember the soldiers who have fought to protect the United States. As the long weekend approaches, it is the perfect opportunity to plan a variety of activities that cater to the upcoming warm weather. Regardless if someone prefers outdoor adventures, a simple getaway or simply unwinding with loved ones, there is an activity for everyone during this long weekend.

Attend a Memorial Day Parade or Ceremony
Memorial Day parades and ceremonies are a significant way to honor and remember the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces. Join the MCPS community in paying tribute to fallen heroes by attending a parade or ceremony in the area. Wave flags, applaud veterans and active-duty service members and observe moments of silence as a mark of respect. These events often include heartfelt speeches, patriotic music and the laying of wreaths. It is a meaningful opportunity to come together as a community and express gratitude for the bravery and selflessness of those who have served our country.

Plan a Beach Getaway
Memorial Day Weekend is the perfect time to kick-start the summer with a relaxing beach getaway. Whether someone prefers the bustling energy of popular beach towns or the tranquility of secluded shores, there’s a beach destination for everyone. Pack a beach bag with essentials like sunscreen, beach chairs, umbrellas and a cooler filled with refreshing beverages and yummy snacks. Spend the days building sandcastles, playing beach volleyball or simply enjoying a good book while listening to the soothing sound of crashing waves. Don’t forget to catch a breathtaking sunset over the water for a picture-perfect end to the day!

Explore Great Falls Park
Get out and explore nature in the local and beautiful Great Falls Park this Memorial Day Weekend. It offers a great opportunity to go on a hike, witness breathtaking waterfalls and reconnect with nature. Great Falls is a nearby and highly enjoyable tourist and locals attraction. Whether someone prefers a leisurely stroll or a challenging hike, Great Falls Park is open for everyone and is a great place to relax this long weekend.

Organize a Backyard Barbecue
Nothing says Memorial Day Weekend like a classic backyard barbecue with family and friends. Fire up the grill, invite some friends or family and have a good time in the comfort of one’s own backyard. Create a festive–yet celebratory– barbecue with patriotic decorations, set up outdoor games and play favorite summer tunes. Don’t forget to include a variety of side dishes, salads and refreshing beverages to complement the grilled delights. As the sun sets, gather around a cozy bonfire, share stories and indulge in the timeless delight of toasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

Take a Road Trip
Hit the road and embark on an exciting road trip adventure during Memorial Day Weekend. Choose a destination within driving distance and embrace the freedom of the open road. Discover new towns, visit historic landmarks and explore hidden gems along the way. Plan the route in advance, but also leave room for spontaneous and unexpected discoveries. Pack snacks, drinks and make a road trip playlist to keep the journey entertaining. Capture memories by taking scenic detours, visiting roadside attractions and documenting the adventure with photographs. Whether it is traveling solo, with friends or with family, a road trip creates lasting memories and bonds people over shared experiences.

Plan a Picnic in the Park
Enjoy the great outdoors by organizing a picnic in a nearby park. Pack a basket with an assortment of finger foods, sandwiches, salads and refreshing beverages. Don’t forget a comfortable blanket or portable chairs for lounging. Engage in leisurely activities with friends or family and relax in the almost-summer air. A picnic in the park is a simple yet delightful way to relax, connect with loved ones and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings.