Many look forward to Memorial Day weekend as a time to reflect, celebrate and usher in the Summer season. Kansas City is usually full of fun events to honor those who have served our country, but this year will look a little different. With social distancing measures still in effect for the 2020 holiday, many events have been cancelled or otherwise affected.
But just because the big events have been cancelled, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun celebrating with your family. I have listed some fun activities you can do to enjoy the kickoff to Summer and celebrate those who have served us while still maintaining social distancing parameters.
Pay tribute to those who served by visiting a nearby cemetery. Place flags and flowers on the graves and honor those who have fought for our country. It's a great way to spend quality time with family and honor the meaning and history of the holiday.
Have Dinner Outside
Gather for a casual dinner outside to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. Keep the dishes and decor simple and serve dishes that showcase in-season produce like berries, asparagus, and greens.
Pack a cooler, grab your fishing poles, and head out of town. Look for public parks or lakes that allow fishing, and be sure to purchase any necessary licenses before the weekend kicks off!
Play Yard Games
Get the family outside with a fun yard game competition. Set out the classics like bags, ring toss, and horseshoes. Plan a friendly competition and take turns rotating through the games.
Brush-up on History
If there was a time to do it, it's now. Before diving into your family's Memorial Day activities, teach your kids (and refresh your own memory!) about the reason we celebrate Memorial Day and how it differs from Veteran's Day.
Watch a Movie Outside
Gather the family and set up an outdoor movie screen. It's easier than you think and is a fun Memorial Day idea you can use all summer long. Don't forget the popcorn!
Sleeping under the stars is a fun Memorial Day activity for adults and older kids. Set up a tent with plenty of pillows and blankets for comfortable snoozing. Read books, stargaze, and enjoy each other's company.
Go for a Patriotic Bike Ride
May is National Bike Month. Dress up your bike with Memorial Day decorations like stars and streamers, then head out for a family ride. Add decorations to your helmets and wear red, white, and blue for a fun and patriotic ride around your neighborhood or local park.
Memorial Day Arts & Crafts
Tune Into the National Memorial Day Concert
Turn on your TV and watch a moving tribute that honors America's servicemen and women from the comfort of your home. This year's event, filmed in different locations across the country, airs Sunday, May 24, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST on PBS.