Memorial Day is a solemn American holiday, observed on the last Monday in May to honor the brave souls who have laid down their lives in service to our nation. Over time, the essence of this holiday has expanded, signaling the onset of summer, filled with parades, backyard barbecues, and beach outings.
Here’s how you can plan a meaningful and enjoyable Memorial Day gathering.
- Focus on a family-friendly cookout. Memorial Day is synonymous with the season’s first major barbeque. Be sure to include traditional favorites like hot dogs, burgers, and ribs. For the health-conscious, add a twist with grilled vegetables, lean proteins, and fresh summer salads. Children can help with simple recipes or tasks like setting the table, making it a truly family-centric activity.
- Pair your food with a range of beverages. Besides classic lemonade and iced tea, consider a selection of local craft beers for adults. Non-alcoholic versions of classic cocktails like a Virgin Mojito can be fun for all ages.
- Remember the desserts! These sweet treats are a delightful way to end your feast, from yummy cupcakes and cookies to refreshing fruit salads.
While enjoying good food and the company of loved ones, remember the true essence of Memorial Day – honoring those who’ve given their lives for our freedom. By celebrating with family, you imbibe the spirit of gratitude, making this day truly memorable.
From our Landform family to yours, Happy Memorial Day!