The Unofficial Start of Summer: Fun Ideas to Celebrate Memorial Day on a Budget


Memorial Day is considered the unofficial start to summer and with it brings fresh opportunities for your family to be active, not busy. Below you’ll find some ideas to enjoy the warmer temperatures without breaking your wallet.


Enjoy the Parades

Since Memorial Day honors service members who lost their lives serving their country, many communities hold parades to celebrate the courage of those men and women. Find a parade in your area, pack up some snacks, and cheer on the floats and marching bands.


Museums Are a "Cool" Option

If the sunscreen has run out or you just need a little air conditioning, take the family to a museum. Many museums are free or offer discounts for families. This is a great chance for everyone in the family to learn something new as school is winding down.


Make a Splash at the Pool

The weekend of Memorial Day is also known as the opening of pool season. Many community pools open on that long weekend to offer relief from the summer heat. If you don’t have a free pool nearby, many shopping centers have splash pads that are completely free and help your littles cool off.


Hike or Picnic? Why Not Both!

Of course, around here we love a good hike. Many national and local parks have free entry and hikes of varying skill levels. Or, you can find a shady spot and have a picnic. Have the kids pack up their sling packs and head out on an adventure!


Movie Night With a Twist 

A great way to wind down after a day of fun in the sun is to watch a movie. But on a nice summer evening, who wants to be inside? A lot of neighborhoods now offer free outdoor movies for families. Bring a blanket and some popcorn and enjoy the unique experience of watching a movie under the stars.

Summer is here and we can’t wait to see how you enjoy the start of this new season.


As a thank you to all veterans, active service members, and their families, we are launching a military discount of 15% for Memorial Day Weekend!