Memorial Day may be the unofficial kick-off to summer, but it’s also more than just a long weekend and an extra day off — it serves as an annual reminder to honor those who have fought and continue to fight for our country. In addition to pool parties and backyard barbeques, here are 6 family-friendly ways to make sure your three-day weekend is as memorable as can be.
Watch the National Memorial Day Concert
Honor America’s servicemen and women from the comfort of your couch. Tune in on Sunday, May 30 at 6pm GMT on PBS.
Join Colorado Remembers
If in-person is more your thing, enjoy military displays and a pancake breakfast at Aurora’s ceremony. The event will be held on Saturday, May 29 from 8am–1pm at Colorado Freedom Memorial.
Visit the Colorado Freedom Memorial
We have our own Memorial dedicated to all branches of military right in Aurora.
Take some time to remind your loved ones what this day is really about. Consider taking a collective moment of silence, raising a flag, writing letters to soldiers as a family, or donating to related causes, like Homes for our Troops, Wounded Warrior, or K9s for Warriors.
Explore your neck of the woods
Is any weekend in Colorado complete without exploring the natural wonders we’re surrounded by? We didn’t think so. Whether you’re hiking or taking a scenic drive, there’s no better way to welcome summer than by soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the great outdoors.
Support a veteran-owned business
Check out this comprehensive list of businesses owned by veterans, service-disabled veterans (SDVOSBs/DVBEs), active-duty military, reservists and military spouses and shop from your favorite finds.
From blasting your favorite patriotic songs to making DIY decorations and baking Instagram-worthy, red, white and blue desserts (think: berry pies!), make sure you get in the spirit.
1. Tassel Drop Earrings—Claire’s—$8
2. Blue Raspberry Snow Cone 3-Wick Candle—Bath & Body Works—$25
3. Oversized Rolling Stones Graphic T-Shirt—American Eagle—$30
4. YOULY Star Flyer Rope Bone—Petco—$8
5. Hot Dog Pool Float—Five Below—$5
6. Rec League Stars & Stripes Cornhole Boards—Dick’s—$60
8. Patriotic Metal Utensil Caddy—Party City—$8
9. Dash My Pint Ice Cream Maker—Cost Plus World Market—$25