Memorial Day may be for remembering those who have passed on, but it’s also a great time to enjoy life. The three day weekend always falls at the end of May and this year it’s May 26-28. Need some ideas for fun, frugal activities? Whether you want traditional celebrations that honor the dead or you’re looking for ways to kick off the unofficial start to summer, there is something to fill your Memorial Day weekend.
Free Concert in Washington DC PBS is sponsoring a free Memorial Day concert in Washington DC on the West Lawn of the Capitol on Sunday, May 27 at 8pm. Gates open at 5pm and performers include DAUGHTRY, Trace Adkins and Gary Sinise.
Hit the Beach
For most Americans, the temperature is definitely warm enough to pull on the swimsuit and hit the beach. In Chicago, the official beach season starts Friday, May 25. Admission is free and lifeguards will be on duty from 11am until 7pm daily.
Try a National Park
For a great holiday weekend getaway, enjoy a national park in your area. In Washington the Olympic National Park is ready for an influx of visitors. A $15 ticket is good for seven days of admission for a car. But if you spend $30, you can secure an annual pass.
Check Out Local Festivals
Communities all over the country hold festivals during Memorial Day weekend. Consider attending free events like the Taste of Cincinnati—the nation’s longest running culinary arts festival. The event is free and continues all weekend long.
Shop a Farmer’s Market
Say hello to summer with fresh fruits and vegetables. Pay your local farmer’s market a visit over the holiday weekend and stock up on some summer favorites. Continue the fun by taking your purchases home and whipping up some light and healthy summertime meals over the weekend.
Run for Charity
From Florida to Nebraska, there are charity events happening all weekend long across the country. Active.com offers a list of some of the best Memorial Day races for avid runners and beginners. You’ll have to pay an admission fee, but you can feel good knowing you’re helping out a worthwhile cause and doing something memorable during your holiday weekend.
By Alison Storm
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