Memorial Day is a federal holiday that's for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. It is also the unofficial start to the summer. With Memorial Day weekend quickly approaching, you may be thinking about some ways to celebrate. Before you start planning, check out some of these inexpensive ways to celebrate.
1. Attend a Parade/Ceremony
Most cities and towns host parades to remember our nation's heroes. Many verterans' organizations host ceremonies to honor the fallen soldiers at local memorial parks and cemeteries.Here are a list of parades and ceremonies around York County, provided by the Journal Tribune.
Kennebunk: Parade on Main Street on Monday, May 28 at 2:00 pm.
Alfred/Waterboro: Parade from Milk Room to Pine Grove Cemetery South on Monday, May 28 at 9:00 am. The parade concludes with a wreath laying and gun volley salute at the cannon at the Pine Grove Cemetery.
Lyman: Parade from Waterhouse Road in Goodwins Mills to Lyman Town Hall on South Waterboro Road on Monday, May 28 at 1:00 pm.
Old Orchard Beach: Parade from the intersection of E. Emerson Cummings Blvd and Saco Avenue (S aco Ave > Old Orchard Street > First Street) to Veterans Memorial Park on Monday, May 28 at 1:00 pm. A Short service will be held after the parade. The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1044 and the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America will conduct a ceremony from 2:30-3:30 pm at the Veterans Memorial Park.
Saco/Biddeford: Parade from Eastman Park to Veterans Memorial Park on Pool Street in Biddeford on Monday, May 28 at 10:00 am.
Sanford: Parade from Sanford Armory (Gown Drive > Main Street) to the Rite Aid parking lot in Springvale on Monday, May 28 at 10:00 am. There will also be a ceremony at 1:00 pm at the Southern Maine Memorial Veterans Cemetary in Springvale.
2. Host a Barbecue
If you want an inexpensive way to get together with your family and friends, host a barbecue. Encourage your guests to BYOB and F(food) and all you have to do is supply the grill and the hangout spot. It's a great way for you to host a gathering without the assumption that you're going to feed your guests. If you don't want them to BYOF, you can always schedule the party for after the traditional meal times to ensure everyone eats before they come.
3. Get Ice Cream
Going out for ice cream is one of my favorite things to do when the weather gets warmer. It's a great way to cool off after a beach or pool day, and it's not very expensive. You can even opt to share an ice cream with someone if you're looking to save some money.
4. Go for a Hike
Living in Maine provides us with a vast amount of mountains and hiking trails around the state. Research a trail that fits your fitness level and go for a hike with your friend(s) or family. Some trails even have access for strollers so you can take your kids along too. Don't forget your bug spray to keep the ticks and mosquitoes away!
5. Drive Around
The state of Maine is riddled with mountains, oceans, lakes, and beautiful scenery that you can experience from the comfort of your car. You don't necessarily have to have an end destination in sight. Sometimes it's the best way to spend the day because you can enjoy the weather, the company, and the views. Who knows, you may even end up finding a place to stop without knowing it existed.
In the end, there are many things to do to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. You don't necessarily have to spend a lot of money to enjoy it. A little bit can go a long way when it comes to spending time with the ones you love the most. Whether it's going to get an ice cream at a local shop, driving to Acadia National Park to hike/enjoy the views, or walking along the shops in the Ogunquit, the options are endless.