For some, it’s a day off of work; for the rest of us, Memorial Day is a whole lot more! It’s a chance for communities to recognize the many accomplishments of our nation and to gain a fuller appreciation of the freedom we currently enjoy. It’s a time to recognize the sacrifices made by so many members of our armed forces and to be reminded that the time we spend with our friends and loved ones is time well spent.
Of course, it’s much easier to appreciate a national holiday when you actually participate in it, so if you’re looking for an activity or two, here are a few quick suggestions:
Want to use your time wisely this Memorial Day? Find out what’s going on in your local community and join in. Take it from us, there’s always something! From parades and festivals to fundraisers and charities, there’s bound to be a wealth of activity to take part in. Do your coworkers or employers usually have an annual company outing? Why not swing by for an hour or two?! Is a local church or school having a fundraiser? Drop by and donate! Is there a festival going on? Check it out! While there’s certainly no harm in being a homebody on your day off, you may find that a little participation will help you make the most of the day.
Eager to give something back? Take your involvement a step further by volunteering to help out. Local shelters, community centers, charitable organizations, hospitals, nursing homes—most will be more than happy to have you on board for a few hours, and you’ll likely benefit from the sheer satisfaction of helping those in need. Contact your nearest local government office or consult an online directory to find out where and when you can offer to help out in your area. Again, you’re guaranteed to find something!
While community events and charitable work are ideal, there’s nothing at all wrong with spending some quality time with loved ones. Friends, family, spouses, lovers—take your pick and spend a pleasant, leisurely afternoon enjoying their company. Of course, you could always enjoy the day by yourself too. Take the opportunity to do something that you’ve been planning but haven’t had the time to accomplish. Hint: it’s a great day for finishing projects (or starting new ones, for that matter).
All in all, there’s really no wrong way to spend Memorial Day. These tips are simply meant to point you in the right direction. The important thing to remember is to enjoy the holiday for the sake of those who can’t.