May 28th is Memorial Day, which means a fun, long weekend under the sun for most families. However, it’s also important to remember why we celebrate this holiday. Memorial Day is an American holiday commemorating the men and women who died while serving in the US military. It is traditionally observed on the last Monday of May. While there are many ways to celebrate, here are a couple ideas and tips for a fun-filled Memorial Day:
No celebration would be complete without red, white, and blue decorations. One simple way to incorporate the holiday’s signature stars and stripes is with this easy DIY Memorial Day mason jar that utilizes tissue paper and electronic tea lights. Decorate entrances and ledges with these colorful DIY patriotic pinwheels. One creative idea that the kids will love are these painted lawn stars – just be sure to use construction marking paint, instead of regular spray paint.
Grilling Safety Tips
Nothing says Memorial Day party like an outdoor barbecue. Here are some helpful grill safety tips to keep your holiday celebration accident-free. Make sure to thoroughly clean your grill before using it because leftover grease and dust could start an unwanted fire. To safely extinguish flare-ups, carefully put the lid back onto the grill. Never use water to extinguish a flare-up fire or grease fire. Do not allow young children or pets to play near the grill. For more grilling and barbecue tips, check out our article on How to Host a Backyard BBQ.
Sun Safety Tips
Memorial Day weekend is traditionally filled with trips to the beach, barbecues, and spending quality time with friends and family. Protect your skin during the long weekend with these important sun safety tips. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Wear hats and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Remember to apply sunscreen before sun exposure and to re-apply in every two hours.
Remember to Give Thanks
Teach your kids the importance of Memorial Day by having them draw pictures or write letters for veterans and active military communities. Founded in 2003, Operation Gratitude sends individually addressed care packages to soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen deployed overseas. Their mission is to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Military and First Responder communities. Find letter-writing instructions here.