11 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day with Your Family
From making patriotic-themed crafts to attending local Memorial Day parades, there are lots of ways to honor the holiday this year
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Head to the beach!
Get your sunscreen, beach towel and swimsuits ready—it's finally beach season again in New York City! NYC-run beaches will open Friday, May 27. Families who prefer poolside fun will have to wait just a bit, as NYC public pools aren’t scheduled to open until June 28.
Head to a local Memorial Day parade
Memorial Day parades are scheduled throughout the metro area this weekend. Towns holding parades include Maspeth, Levittown, Whitestone, Mamaroneck and so many more to get New Yorkers in a patriotic state of mind!
Enjoy a Memorial Day Weekend Air Show Cruise
See the airshow in Freeport, NY, on a public 28-passenger tour boat.
Play patriotic music
Have a guitar somewhere around the house? Maybe even a ukulele? This weekend is a great time for kids to embrace their musical side by learning the Star-Spangled Banner or other beautiful tributes to America. There are many YouTube tutorials on how to play America's national anthem on instruments, as well as online tab music for guitar.
Have a barbecue!
After playing and listening to some patriotic tunes, head outside for a traditional Memorial Day activity: barbecuing! Grill up veggies and corn, and dish out the deli salads as you take in the fresh warm-whether air in your backyard. In need of summer-time food ideas? Check out these healthy Memorial Day recipes that will help you achieve an awesome holiday meal!
Pause for a moment of silence
Whatever you decide to do on the holiday, pause for a moment of silence on Memorial Day at 3pm for the National Moment of Remembrance to honor the service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom and their country.
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