8 Thoughtful Activities for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the service and sacrifice of America’s fallen Service Members. No matter where you spend your time, here are eight ways to honor our heroes.

  1. Shop at a Veteran-owned business. Shopping or dining out on Memorial Day? Visit a business run by Veterans or Military Families. Click here to find Veteran-owned business in your community.
  2. Write letters to Soldiers and their Families. The little things can make the biggest difference. That’s why writing handwritten notes is a great idea for Memorial Day weekend. Once complete, A Million Thanks will help turn your letter into a smile.
  3. Make care packages for Soldiers. Speaking of little things, think of items that will bring joy to Active-Duty Service Members and put together a community or family care package. Operation Gratitude is a good place to start or finish this task.
  4. Attend a Memorial Day parade. When most Americans hear Memorial Day, their mind immediately goes to their town’s parade. Join your family and community in cheering on marching bands, Veterans, local organizations, and more at a parade near you.
  5. Dive into American history. Refresh your memory about why we celebrate Memorial Day. The National Park Service’s Memorial Day page is a good resource, or perhaps it’s time to dust off American history books sitting on your shelf to learn more.
  6. Craft red, white, and blue decorations. Want to honor Memorial Day while preparing for the 4th of July? Gather your family for these easy DIY Memorial Day crafts.
  7. Create patriotic sidewalk art. Kids of all ages will love this one! From a beautiful mural to simple thank you messages, spread your gratitude throughout the community this Memorial Day with colorful chalk.
  8. Watch the PBS Memorial Day Concert. PBS hosts a star-studded lineup every year to honor the sacrifice of American’s fallen Heroes and their Families. Find info for your local listing here to cap off your Memorial Day weekend.