The Best Family Fun Activities For Memorial Day

The Best Family Fun Activities for Memorial Day

Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the summer, is a holiday to honor people who have died in service of the country. Many people celebrate this special time of the year by spending time bonding with friends and family – hosting a barbeque, attending a parade, or heading to the beach.

Have a barbeque

Invite your family, mix and mingle with friends, and enjoy delicious foods – what's better than that? Set up some fun activities for the kids. They will love spending time outside playing water games, drawing with chalk and playing their favorite sports.

Make patriotic crafts

One of the best ways to bond together with your family over Memorial Day is to make crafts together. Get some beads and make patriotic necklaces and bracelets, create a banner to put up in your home, and make double sided star wands the kids can wave around at the parade.

Make an “American themed” dessert

What better way to celebrate the holiday than over a delicious desert? American themed desserts like red, white and blue inspired cookies, cakes, fruit pops, popsicles, and Jell-O are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Attend a parade

Honor the tradition and keep your kids excited about the national holiday by attending a Memorial Day parade. Eat fun foods, watch and listen to the bands as they march by, and educate them about our country's history.

Head to the beach

What better way to spend the unofficial kick off to summer than by hanging out with your family at the beach? Go swimming, build sand castles, toss a ball around, collect sea shells, and go boogie boarding.

Fly the American Flag

Honor and remember those who have served in the armed forces by creating and flying the American Flag with your kids. Have the kids draw their best American Flag on paper, and then staple the flags onto straws for flying.

Visit a Memorial or Local Cemetery

Gather your family together and visit your local cemetery or memorial. This is a great way to pay your respects to loved ones who served your country. Many communities also hold dedications and special commemorations.

Face painting

Before you head out to your community event or parade, spend some time face painting with your kids. Create a red, white and blue design on their face that resembles the American Flag. This can be anything from a face mask around the eyes to squiggly designs down their cheek.

Hold a sports gathering

Get the family together and invite over some friends for a sports gathering at your home. Keep things interesting and switch it up; play flag football, soccer, basketball or a game of Cornhole.

Go camping

If you're not interested in spending your holiday surrounded by crowds of people consider taking the family camping. Spend time in nature and bond with one another under the stars, over a campfire roasting marshmallows.