With Memorial Day just around the corner, it’s time for all of us working folks to start planning just how we’re going to spend our three day weekend. While typical activities include going to the beach or barbequing in the park with family and friends, here is a list of some activities you may have overlooked or forgotten about.
Canoeing – If your local geography and weather permit, canoeing is a great way to spend a day outdoors. Paddling down a river on a sunny afternoon can be almost anything you want it to be: relaxing, adventurous, even competitive. This is the perfect day trip for either a family, a group of friends or even to do solo. Most canoe rental facilities offer day rates and group discounts and usually round out to about $20 a person. Just be sure to bring extra dry clothes, a bathing suit and towel, sneakers or river shoes and your camera. Oh yeah, don’t forget the map!!
Museums – Your city or town is sure to be home to a museum you haven’t been to yet and as most museums are open just about every day of the year, this three day weekend is your perfect opportunity. Admission prices can range from about $5 -$20 but some amazing museums (like the Smithsonian) are free and open to the public. Additionally, many museums have discounts or free admission for members of the armed forces. A museum can provide an entire day of fun and entertainment for just about anyone and who knows, you might even learn something.
Sporting Events – Many cities host sporting events and tournaments for locals to participate in. Softball and basketball tournaments are especially popular during this season. Even if you hung up your cleats in high school, this could be a fun way to engage with the community, make some friends and even exercise your competitive spirit. Oftentimes, tournaments are just as fun to watch as to participate in. Check your local listing for what’s going on in your area or organize an event of your own with friends, family and co-workers. If amateurs aren’t your thing, remember that major league baseball teams are all playing this weekend and even if your team isn’t in town, why not gather your friends around the TV and cheer on your home team? Also, the Indianapolis 500 is traditionally raced on Memorial Weekend. This year, it’s on Sunday May 30 on ABC at 1:11 PM ET.
Memorial Day Concerts – Memorial Day weekend is a huge opportunity for local artists. Festivals, parties and concerts abound. Take this opportunity to support your local art and find an exhibition or a concert to attend. Most festivals take place outside so you can still take advantage of the promising summer weather. Additionally, the traditional Memorial Day Concert will take place on the West Lawn of the U.S Capitol. It will be broadcast on PBS on Sunday May 30 from 8-9:30 pm ET.
Travel/Camping – While travelling may be the last thing you want to do in this budget conscious economy, there are still a variety of trips to be had on a budget. Airlines are known to drop prices tremendously in the days preceding the weekend, just to fill up seats. Virginia, Washington and Florida are all beautiful this time of year – shaking off the last remnants of winter before the summer heat and humidity set in. These destinations also have great camping features and opportunities for outdoor adventure. Campsites are generally very affordable for a group of four; just make sure you get there early to pick out that perfect spot.
With all these options, perhaps three days won’t be enough to take advantage of all the opportunities presented by this great holiday. Though however adventurous or relaxed you plan to be, remember that this holiday was originally intended to honor our countrymen who have fallen in the name of the United States. Take some time out of your weekend to remember them and their families. Happy Memorial Day!