It’s the weekend we’ve all been waiting for! Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer in our house. Sure, there are still a few weeks left of school and the weather actually feels a little more like winter as I write this (finally) but the weekend is really dedicated to connecting with friends and family during backyard barbecues, picnics in the park or maybe your first camp out.
There is so much to do – and many activities are free – but before the weekend gets underway let’s remind ourselves and share why we are celebrating.
By definition, Memorial Day is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May. The day honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Learn more about the history of Memorial Day.
Residents of Waterloo, New York started celebrating Memorial Day in 1866 and the federal government established the city as the official birthplace. Nationally, people pause to observe a moment of silence at 3:00 p.m. There is a lot to be thankful for and while many have differing political opinions the simplest lesson for our children is the importance of self-dedication to helping others. This lesson is easy to teach when kids are young because most are naturally enthusiastic to help when they see someone in need. With thoughtful praise and encouragement in the moment you will help build a sense of mindfulness for others.
With good thoughts ready, let’s have some fun! There are a few things we are Chipper for and here are a few activities you can do to make your weekend more connected:
Write a Letter or Draw a Picture! A “Thank You for your service” is at the heart of appreciation and our service men and women feel the love and kindness. Send your letter through a local organization or upload it to your Facebook page, or reach out to Adopt A Soldier and continue the communication beyond the weekend.
The Backyard Barbecue! We are serving fried chicken, grilled veggies and potatoes, fresh fruit kebobs and lots of cookies. There is really no recipe needed but the menu is a hit. Our secret for Fried Chicken is using boneless strips and pounded to half inch thick. You only need a little oil and a quick fry. Choose seasonal fruit and the cookies are straight from our Chipper Cookie Company kitchen!
Camping! This weekend many national parks will offer FREE days but if you are packing up and heading into the great outdoors remember to help your kids prepare for the adventure. Whether it’s car camping or in a tent it’s important to be mindful of the rules and dress accordingly. Check out some of our Chipper Camping Tips!
Crafts that Connect! The weekend is meant for gathering with friends so help your kids think about ways they can connect to family, community, and the world around them. Even parks! This craft is one we know you CAN do so get ready to reuse materials you already have on hand in the home.
Visit a Memorial Park! Consider taking a trip to one of the many parks that specifically celebrates and honors the heroes of Memorial Day. Also be sure to check out national parks that may offer special events during the holiday weekend (there are many!). See a list of parks with tributes to our fallen comrades!
What is happening in your home and community? Will you participate in the local parade or host the family barbecue? Share with us on Facebook and we’ll send you a tin of Chipper’s best sugar cookies!