On Memorial Day, people will gather with family and friends to acknowledge the men and women who have died while serving our country. While Memorial Day is considered to be the unofficial start of the summer season for many, you can spend some time with your kids sharing the meaning of the holiday while you treasure the memory of those who aren't here to celebrate it anymore.
Many communities have annual Memorial Day parades. Search for one nearby, or watch the National Memorial Day Parade online or on your television. It's an amazing way to not only have a great time but to see the impact those in the military have in our daily lives.
There are a ton of amazing Memorial Day or flag-themed crafts you and your kids can do. Block out a bit of your time to have some really awesome hands-on fun with your kids of all ages. Some crafts you can take along with you to picnics or parades, which adds to the fun.
Locate a nearby national veterans cemetery, and plan a visit. Many locations have specific Memorial Day activities planned and can feature speeches, parades, wreath-laying and musical performances, among others. Cemeteries are absolutely appropriate places to bring children, and it can add a layer of reality to your Memorial Day discussions.
Baking is an excellent way to combine family fun with the meaning of Memorial Day. Be inspired by red, white and blue as you plan an amazing dessert. An easy, go-to dish involves cake decorated with whipped cream and berries — blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are easy to handle for even your smallest kitchen helpers, and you can easily create an edible flag this way.
Incorporate several or all of these suggestions with a picnic, either at home or in a park. Memorial Day is often about gathering with your loved ones and eating delicious food, but there's no reason you can't keep the meaning behind the day front and center as you go about your festivities. Grill out, make crafts, decorate a USA-themed cake, and attend a parade to get the most from the day.
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