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Top 5 Memorial Day Weekend Ideas to Start Your Summer Right

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, a time when the days lengthen, the sun shines brighter, and the promise of warmer weather lingers in the air. It's the perfect opportunity to kick off the season with memorable experiences and outdoor adventures.


Whether you're planning a relaxing retreat, a backyard barbecue with loved ones, or getting your game on outside, we've gathered a list of Memorial Day Weekend ideas to help you make the most of it and start your summer right.


Memorial Day Weekend Ideas: How Can You Make the Holiday Special for Your Family?


From memorable outings to meaningful moments at home, we’ve curated a list of ideas to help you create lasting memories this holiday weekend. Get ready to make this time unforgettable for your family with activities that everyone will cherish.


1. Organize a Memorial Day Backyard Pool Party


Friends playing basketball inside the pool


Get ready for a fun Memorial Day by throwing a backyard pool party! Gather your friends and family for a splashy good time with Laze floats, where everyone can chill and float around in the pool.


Decorate with red, white, and blue streamers, balloons, and tablecloths to create a festive, patriotic vibe. Play a mix of summer hits and classic American tunes to keep the party lively and entertaining.


Don't forget to add a bit of competitive spirit to the mix by setting up a Hoopstr in-pool basketball game. It’s a great way to get everyone moving and having fun. With these activities, your Memorial Day will be memorable and full of laughter and good vibes. Enjoy the sun, splash around, and make the most of this special day with loved ones.


2. Explore Outdoor Game Competitions for an Action-Packed Weekend


Outdoor game day, man tossing washer with corn hole in the background


Turn up the excitement this Memorial Day weekend by organizing outdoor game competitions that everyone can enjoy. Set up popular games like ping pong, cornhole, dominoes, and four in a row in your backyard.


To keep things organized, set up a tournament bracket and have a scoreboard visible to keep track of the scores. This way, everyone knows who's leading and what's coming next. Provide prizes or trophies for the winners to make the games more competitive and fun.


3. Attend a Memorial Day Parade or Ceremony with Friends and Family


Waving small American flag at a parade


Joining a Memorial Day parade or ceremony with your friends and family is a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday while honoring those who served. These events are often filled with marching bands, floats, and speeches that pay tribute to military members. It's a great opportunity for everyone to come together, show respect, and learn more about the history and importance of Memorial Day.


Attending these events can be a powerful way to show community support and teach kids about patriotism and service. Check your local listings for times and locations of parades or ceremonies happening near you.


4. Host a Great Memorial Day Backyard Barbecue Party


Outdoor dining table ready for a backyard barbecue


With a backyard barbecue, you can bring friends and family together to celebrate the start of summer with food and new memories. Before guests arrive, set up your space with a Mainstay Rectangular Dining Table and Mainstay Dining Benches to create a comfortable dining area perfect for a large group.


Grill up classic American favorites like burgers, hot dogs, and corn on the cob. For variety, try marinated chicken skewers or veggie burgers. Serve these with side dishes like potato salad, coleslaw, and watermelon slices for a complete feast. This setup not only makes it easy for everyone to enjoy their meal together but also adds a touch of style to your outdoor celebration.


5. Enjoy a Relaxing, Laid-Back Memorial Day


Women relaxing on Autograph Chaise by Ledge


Summer doesn’t have to start with a big celebration. Relaxing by the pool can be enough to make the most of the sunny days.


Use an Autograph Chaise or Autograph Chair for sunbathing or reading a good book, equipped with an Autograph Chaise Headrest Pillow for extra comfort and protection from the sun.


Place an Autograph Standard Side Table nearby to hold your beverages and snacks, making everything easily accessible as you relax. If you prefer a bit more shade, an Autograph Umbrella Stand Ice Bin can accommodate setting up shade for a cool spot on a sunny day. This setup will give you a perfectly tranquil day, surrounded by comfort and convenience.


Make the Most of Your Summer: Set Up Your Outdoor Space Today


With these Memorial Day weekend ideas, you'll be all set for a fantastic holiday celebration. But the fun doesn’t have to end here. By setting up your outdoor space now, you can make the most of the entire summer and enjoy memorable moments every single day of the year.


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