The unofficial start to #summer, Memorial Day is ideal for a family activity, even if it’s just a short road trip or staycation. Celebrate those who gave their lives for the country by paying your respects at a cemetery, flying the flag, and making red-white-and-blue treats for a picnic or cookout, Country Living suggests. Parades are another great option, as are quick jaunts to a beach, park or nature preserve. It was a long and likely stressful winter, so take advantage of the extended weekend and — as Grandma used to say — go get some air in your fur. #MemorialDay
If you wish to pay your respects to those who gave their lives in service this Memorial Day, remember to “display noble discipline” when visiting gravesites, says the Deseret News. Don’t allow children to run or play on markers, and leave the pets at home unless the pet has special significance to the deceased. Don’t play loud music, and phone ahead if you would like to include a quiet picnic as part of your observance or check any rules about what decorations can and can’t be displayed. “It can be a fine line between reverence and revelry,” the story says.