Forget the Cookout: Put a Fun Twist on Memorial Day Celebrations

There’s certainly no shortage of Memorial Day activities during the last weekend in May. The long weekend traditionally serves as the kick-off to the summer season, making it a popular time for hitting the lake and hosting a backyard barbecue.

Of course, Memorial Day is a special day to honor those members of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice, and the holiday is particularly special for anyone currently serving in the military. It’s fun to gather family and friends for a cookout, but it’s also a great day for creating new traditions. Put a fun twist on your Memorial Day celebration this year by trying one of the following fun ideas.

Host a Patriotic Picnic

Picnics are a terrific way to celebrate any occasion; they honor a sense of old-fashioned values and remind us of simpler times. Give your Memorial Day celebration a twist by adding a patriotic theme to your outing. Look for plates and napkins with a red, white, and blue motif, and visit your local party store to pick up small American flags to decorate your picnic area. As a finishing touch, break out your iPad and Bluetooth speaker and fire up a patriotic playlist.

Catch a Parade

Memorial Day parades are fun for the whole family, and they bring out your most patriotic tendencies. With marching bands, floats, and probably more than one or two vintage cars, a parade is a great way to start your day. Look for one near you, grab the lawn chairs, and go.

Try a Progressive Dinner

This is a great way to get to know your neighbors better. A progressive block party — where each home hosts a different part of the meal — can be a fun way to spend an afternoon and evening. Keep a Memorial Day theme going at each home with red, white, and blue decorations, and work together to create a menu that makes everyone happy.

Plan a Getaway

Memorial Day is a popular time for gathering at the home of friends or family, but it can also be the perfect time for a getaway. Look for a place that has enough accommodations for everyone and is near fun activities that all can enjoy, whether that means renting some cabins in the woods, a big house in the mountains, or a campsite by the lake. It’s a relaxing way to escape the norm while bringing together those you care about the most.

Get Chic

For something entirely different, throw an upscale cocktail party with a patriotic theme. While the rest of the country reaches for shorts and swimsuits, host a party in your home or garden with cocktail attire and sophisticated food and drinks.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Memorial Day, this is a time to remember fallen soldiers and pay tribute to the sacrifices they made to ensure every American enjoys freedom. As you plan your event, remember that CORT Furniture Rental can help you find the temporary furniture you need for every celebration as well as outfit your entire home.

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