10 fun and unique ways to celebrate Memorial Day 2021 with the whole family


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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)- West Michigan, it’s time to get in the patriotic spirit and bring out the red, white and blue! We’re only a few days shy of Memorial Day, and there are plenty of unique ways to ring in the holiday. 

If you need some fresh ideas, check out some fun events happening around town or see ways to celebrate right at home. 

Attend a parade

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You don’t have to travel far to feel the essence of Memorial Day. With the return of a few outdoor events, you can hit the town and catch some parades, ceremonies and live events.

Enjoy a National Memorial Day concert at home

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Every year, PBS honors our Servicemen and Women by hosting a “National Memorial Day Concert”. The televised celebration features star-studded performances, documentary footage, and heartfelt readings that honor military personnel and their families at home. 

You can tune in to this year’s event on Sunday, May 30th at 8:00 pm (EST). Learn more information on PBS’s website.

Pay respect to a hero 

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Although Memorial Day is a usually a time to gather with your family or friends, don’t forget to take a moment to remember the purpose of the holiday.

Be sure to honor a soldier by making a social media post, flying a flag, calling a family member or a friend who is military personnel, or even stopping by your local cemetery to drop off/donate flowers to fallen heroes. 

Support local Veteran-owned businesses

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The past year has taught us the imperativeness of supporting local. Why not take it up a notch by supporting West Michigan heroes who have made countless sacrifices to protect our loved ones, community and nation? Consider taking a trip to any of these Veteran-owned businesses to purchase products and services, or to simply thank a Vet in person.

Wear red, white & blue and decorate your home with patriotic items!

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Show your pride by wearing your favorite red, white and blue outfit! You can also stop by your local grocery or crafts store to purchase cool Memorial Day themed décor for your home!

Get creative with Memorial Day Chalk Art 

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There’s no such thing as spreading too much positivity or encouragement. Share sweet messages to your neighbors by writing/drawing kind images or phrases. Grab some chalk and unleash your inner artist.

Memorial Day themed drawings can include stars, the American flag and hearts for soldiers.

Sayings/phrases can include, “Thank you Veterans”, “Honoring those who served”, “We love our country’s heroes”.

Grab some fresh air with your family 

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Memorial Day is typically referred to as the unofficial start to summer. And, with nice weather on the horizon, the holiday may be the perfect time to grab some fresh air with your family. West Michigan has an array of walking paths and hiking trails that you can explore! Check out these list of options.

Have a moment of silence

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It may be a simple gesture, but it’s one that holds great impact. Honor those who have lost their lives by participating in the National Moment of Remembrance. At 3 p.m. on Memorial Day, take one minute to pause and pay respect to fallen soldiers no matter where you are.

Have a patriotic singalong with your family

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Feel like having a patriotic concert right in your living room? Warm-up those vocal cords and get ready to sing along to some of our nation’s most popular songs. Check out this curated Memorial Day playlist on Spotify.

Fire up the grill

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Nothing screams Memorial Day like a good ole barbeque! And, if you have yet to gather with a group of family or friends, then now’s the time! Step outside, fire up the grill and relish in good vibes and great food with your loved ones!

Have a fantastic holiday!

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