Memorial Day (not to be mistaken for Veterans Day) is celebrated on the last Monday of May as an homage to the military men and women died while fulfilling their duty. Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971 and many people also know it as Decoration Day. Americans usually celebrate this day by visiting military museum, holding family reunions or going out to see the parades.
However, most Americans looks at this holiday as the unofficial beginning of summer. If that is the case and you are making plans to celebrate Memorial Day 2015 but don’t have any ideas, we might be able to help. Also, there are a few deals, offers and discounts to take advantage of, so keep reading.
Family Activities – How to Spend Memorial Day 2015
1. Organize a Picnic
Bring your whole family with you, prepare delicious meals and desserts, don’t forget the refreshing drinks, a nice blanket or more and take a moment to really appreciate the ones that gave their lives for this country. This should not be a sad moment, but a true celebration of our great history. If the little ones don’t know much about this holiday, now would be a good time to bring them up to speed. For more tips on how to organize the perfect picnic, read this article.
2. Visit a Museum In Your Area
All military museum have a free-entry policy on Memorial Day, so you may want to check them out. You don’t have to be a kid to learn more about the military service, the past, wars and battles. This would truly make you feel more appreciative for what you have. If you want to avoid the crowd, however, you may want to wake up earlier.
Also, try not to be too loud while inside the museum, don’t make a mess and be respectful. Usually, if the entrance is free, people tend to go inside but forget to behave themselves, which is a shame. Here’s a list of military and war museums for every state, in case you’re really interested in doing this.
3. Read a History Book
Yes, we all need to learn our history before making assumptions about our past. For those of you looking for a good read, we have 4 titles in mind:
- American History the Easy Way, by William O. Kellogg
- The New American History, by Eric Foner, American Historical Association
- American Heroes: Stories of Faith, Courage and Sacrifice, by Stephen Mansfield
- Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism, by John. C. Cooley
You don’t have to buy these books if you have a Google Books account set up for you.
4. Watch a Patriotic Movie
There are so many movies you can watch, starting with Mel Gibson’s Patriot, and moving on to Pearl Harbor, American Sniper, Inglorious Basterds, Camp X-Ray, Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, The Hurt Locker, Lincoln, We Were Soldiers and the list goes on. Don’t forget the popcorn, pretzels, nachos and drinks!
5. Watch the parade
The greatest parade on Memorial Day 2015 is going to be on May 25, 2 PM EST, live from Washington D.C. We are talking about 1.500.000 national television broadcast viewers, live TV coverage, 400 unique media outlets and radio coverage by Washington D.C.’s official station, WTOP 103.5 FM. Among the participants, you’ll see Gary Sinise, chef Robert Irvine, Joe Mantegna, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, The Smashing Pumpkins and American Idol winner Caleb Johnson. All eyes will probably be on the Grand Marshals (The Veterans Of World War II), and not on the celebrities.
Online Shopping on Memorial Day 2015
Although many companies have discounts on Memorial Day, you will probably be surprised to find out that most of them are for…military people.
However, we mortals have a few things to take advantage of, so check out our propositions before doing your online shopping. Also, you may want to keep an eye on the big retailers these days:
Walmart – up to 55% off on TVs, inflatable pools, garden sheds and household items right here.
Sears – free shipping and up to 45% discount on camping gear. Get it here.
Home Depot – best deals in town on grills and barbecue gear. Get the deal!
Lowe’s– early Memorial Day and discounts of up to 50% on household items right here.
Old Navy – up to 50% off on summer clothing, get the offer here.
American Eagle – 40% off clearance (here).
Nordstrom – summer kickoff sale on clothing and shoe wear.
Overstock – up to 70% off on living room furniture that you can get right here.
Ashley Furniture – price reductions store-wide and no interest until January 2021 right here.
Carters – 50% off or more in store and online on all the items (check here).
Back Country – e-mail only sales (entry your e-mail address here).
Amazon – see the Memorial Day 2015 campaign and offers from amazon right here.
Lord and Taylor – big sale on Memorial Day weekend on everything you need for summer. Get the deal here!
How do you normally celebrate Memorial Day? Is there something you and your family like to do in particular?