15 Cheap and Fun Things to Do on Memorial Day

Things to do on Memorial Day
Things to do on Memorial Day

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Does Memorial Day bring thoughts of a fun day at the beach or perhaps a happy picnic in a nearby park?  Maybe Memorial Day is a more solemn day for your family, a time to remember those we have loved in this life but have since lost from this earth.

Sometimes it is just nice to remember how much God has blessed us with in this country we live in!

No matter how your family celebrates the day, there are things to do on Memorial Day which can make your family’s day a little more special.

Here are 15 of them, all pretty cheap and all lots of fun.


These are great things to do on Labor Day and the 4th of July as well, by the way!

1.  Have a Memorial Day picnic in a state park you have never been to before.

2.  Go camping in a national forest.

3.  Go hiking in the mountains or take a walk along a nearby lake or river.

4.  Enjoy the day at a city park sprayground.  Yes, I said “spray” ground.  Got one in your neck of the woods yet?  Many cities now have them, and many cities have free admission to them as well!  Take a packed lunch with you, and you’re set for the day!

5.   Rent a paddle boat, canoe, or kayak at a nearby lake.

6.  Plan a shopping trip to an unusual store you love but don’t get too very often.  Ikea or Bass Pro Shop seems to come to my mind!  Do you have a store like that too?

7.  Go to a dollar movie theater, and stay for at least two movies, maybe three or four if your kids are old enough.

8.  Go to a free, local museum of art or science.

9.  Visit the closest National Cemetery, and put flags on those grave sites which indicate a veteran is buried there.  If you don’t live near a National Cemetery, go to the nearest historical landmark, battleground, or living museum.

10.  When you get home after a visit to a National Cemetery or historical area, collect clothing and household items you no longer use, or even loose change around the house, and go together as a family to make a donation at the nearest thrift shop benefiting veterans, active duty military, or military families, or give your donation to another good cause related to your day’s visit.  Be creative to match your trip with your donation, and it will mean even more to your children!

11.  Install a new American Flag pole (big or small) at your home, and purchase a new American flag for it.  If you’ve already done that, work as a family to do some patriotic landscaping at the base of the pole, or do some kind of patriotic landscaping somewhere else around your home.   Did someone say red, white, and blue work gloves?

11.  Make some American flag tee shirts like the ones you see here pinned by Teka Boshell on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/pin/430164201878463250/  American Flag Tee Shirts

Aren’t they cute!

12.  Speaking of Pinterest, take some time before Memorial Day comes to find some cute red, white, and blue food, and then have a patriotic meal on Memorial Day, inside or out!

13.  Plan a family study to learn about one of the family’s ancestors, and then go see where that person used to live, or learn a skill that ancestor may have done when they were alive.

14.  Get a place where you have a good view of your nearby city, and pray for it!  Ask the Lord to watch over the leaders, whomever they might be, the people, its churches and businesses, and everything God has provided to your community.

15.  Take a lunch, dessert, or casserole to someone you know who could use some food, a hug, or just someone to show they care.

An Extra Thought:

You can also invite someone over to your home for some homemade lemonade on your porch or homemade ice cream in your backyard, or even just take them to McDonalds for an ice cream cone or coffee and a chat.

It’s OK to remember those who have left this world, those we have loved and those who have loved us enough to lay down their lives, but let’s be mindful of those God still has in our lives for us to STILL love and care for.   You never know when you might never have the chance again to show that person they are loved by God, even in their time here on this earth.

We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.   We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

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