For many adults, Memorial Day means an extra day of relaxation away from the office. For several teachers and students, the holiday weekend marks the end of another school year, and the start of a summer filled with fun.
If you are looking for ways to occupy your holiday weekend while keeping the kids entertained, and need to stay within your budget, there’s no shortage of inexpensive activities the entire family can enjoy.
Budget-Friendly Memorial Weekend Ideas
Celebrate the holiday while avoiding taking a big chunk out of your paycheck with these budget-friendly ideas.
Host an outdoors potluck – hosting a Memorial Weekend barbeque for family and friends may be an exciting tradition, but providing food and drinks for your guests can be costly. Instead, have everyone contribute to side dishes and drinks. If you are planning to have a potluck in the park, remember to grab a spot early!
Go camping – rid the dust from all your camping gear and find a reasonably-priced spot to fish and camp for a few days. Gas prices are sure to be high with the holiday weekend, so look at camp grounds close to home.
Host a swim party – Have the kids invite a few friends and their parents over and put some hotdogs on the grill. You all can enjoy the pool and some fresh air in the comfort of your own backyard.
Enjoy a quiet picnic in the park- bring a book to read while relaxing and get some fresh air while the kids run off excess energy in the park. Pack their favorite lunch and snacks to enjoy outside and avoid spending money and time in restaurants crowded with all the holiday shoppers.
Spend the day at the beach- If you live reasonably close to a beach; pack up the towels, sand chairs, sunscreen and snacks, and go for a short road trip. Day trips can be the most rejuvenating.
As we all enjoy our long weekend with family and friends, let’s take some time to consider the true reason for the Memorial holiday as we remember those who lost their lives while making the ultimate sacrifice for our country.