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5 Memorial Day Ideas for a Great Weekend

by Andrea Updyke

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Observing Memorial Day is a great way to remember our men and women in the US Military and for many of us, the kickoff to summer. Check out our Memorial Day ideas for a great weekend with friends or family. 

I hope you have lots of fun planned for Memorial Day weekend, but just in case you need a few ideas, I thought I would round up some of my favorites.

For us, Memorial Day is the official start of summer and we love a reason to celebrate. 

Y’all know I love my holidays, but we don’t go crazy. I love these ideas for a fun and patriotic celebration or just as an excuse to do something outside the norm like making some cute red, white, and blue desserts

Enjoy and while you’re at it, be sure to grab these Memorial Day recipes and Memorial Day craft ideas while you’re at it!

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5 Memorial Day Ideas

I gathered a few ideas from crafts to food to planning some weekend fun. We don’t usually travel on Memorial Day, so I love finding ways to make our weekend feel a little bit like a vacation at home.

Make a Patriotic Craft

If you are looking for a fun way to decorate your porch, try these adorable red, white & blue wind-catchers from Multiples & More. They are really inexpensive and easy to make with the kids!

Plan a fun and relaxing Memorial Day weekend with these red, white, and blue recipes, crafts and weekend plans. And don't forget to thank your hometown heroes for their service!


Make a Memorial Day Feast

I hope you will see a grill at least once this weekend. If you plan to cook out, don’t forget the appetizers! This easy bacon avocado bruschetta from Mom Endeavors looks positively amazing!

We love grilling season and these summer grilling recipes are so good! We’ve already fired up the grill this month and I can’t wait to do it again. Marinated Pork Kabobs with Sesame Pineapple Rice Recipe

Make a Patriotic Dessert 

This no bake flag cake is perfect any time, but it’s especially patriotic! Bonus points for not having to use the oven. See how easy it is to make and you’ll have it in rotation all summer!

No Bake Mixed Berry Pound Cake Recipe

Plan a fun and relaxing Memorial Day weekend with these red, white, and blue recipes, crafts and weekend plans. And don't forget to thank your hometown heroes for their service!


Of course I couldn’t leave out this amazing Rhubarb Strawberry Brita Cake with Cardamon Whipped Cream from Skimbaco Lifestyle. I mean are you kidding me!? I want to devour it right now.

Get Some Memorial Day Downtime with a Something Wordy

Looking for a good read this weekend? Check out my reading list or grab a few books for the kids!

Great American Firecrackers Book Cover

And if you’re looking for a great piece of Americana, you won’t want to miss my post on the history of American firecrackers and make some patriotic crafts with the kids. 

Get Outside for Memorial Day Country Cascades Waterpark Resort Pool Swimming

Enjoy your pool or a public one nearby. If you are a Raleigh local, many pools open on Memorial Day weekend. Head over to the City of Raleigh website for a full list of hours and locations.

This year, we decided to buy season passes to Wet’N’Wild Emerald Pointe and we’re counting down the days til they open!

Something Restful

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, I hope you have a fantastic time spent with the people you love, lots of rest, and happy hearts.

And don’t forget to thank and remember the Military heroes in your life who serve and have served this country to give us the freedom to enjoy this long weekend.

A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself. – Joseph Campbell

Happy Memorial Day!

Check out these recipes and craft ideas for more Memorial Day fun!

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Plan a fun and relaxing Memorial Day weekend with these red, white, and blue recipes, crafts and weekend plans. We're loving these Memorial Day ideas.And don't forget to thank your hometown heroes for their service!

Post updated from 5/2012

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Katja of Skimbaco May 26, 2012 - 1:44 am

Thank you for including my recipe! It is AMAZING, like really, the best dessert I’ve ever made, and I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true, I even surprised myself 🙂

rajean May 26, 2012 - 11:51 am

Great variety, thank you!

ConnieFoggles May 26, 2012 - 9:33 pm

Just perfect! You included so much fun for Memorial Day. I’m ready for it now.

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