Last Minute Memorial Day Ideas

Summer starts this weekend with an extra day to play — not everyone is taking a trip out of town and for those of us who are staying around the neighborhood to hit a barbecue or two, we have some ideas to make your first weekend of summer awesome. Here are 6 last minute Memorial Day ideas.

concerts-in-the-parkOutdoor Concert Music aficionados can finally take their hobbies outside! Amphitheaters will be packed this weekend to start of summer concert series from coast to coast. The symphony, a country music review or a rock bands will take to the summer stage from now until September — you can make it part of your summer routine.

Shakespeare in the Park Across the nation thespians are getting into character for a summer on the park stage. Many communities hold Shakespeare in the Park series between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It’s fun way to enjoy the warm weather and take in a few “thees” and “thous.”

Backyard Movie You don’t have to go to the park to have an evening of entertainment outdoors! Set up a movie projector in your backyard to watch a family flick and eat popcorn under the stars. It’ll give the kids a taste of what’s to come for the next three months. fun-run

Race to Summer Walk, jog or sprint, there are Memorial Day races planned in most communities. You don’t have to be a serious runner to enjoy these kind of races — you can do a mile, 5k or 10k. Do it with the family or do it with a running partner — it’s a fun way to spend time outdoors and get some exercise. If you pick the right race, you might even be running for a good cause.

Botanic Gardens Flowers are at their finest at the botanic gardens in May. Some gardens hold special events and flower sales as a bonus to viewing the green landscapesand perfectly pruned plants. Even if you’re not into horticulture, seeing the blossoms gets just about everyone excited for the season to come. flea-market

Treasure Hunting Memorial Day weekend is the weekend when most outdoor flea markets and farmers markets start in earnest. Whether you’re looking for an antique dresser or you need fresh heirloom tomatoes for an impressive spread at your Memorial Day cookout, going to the market is more of an event than a chore.

Summer is finally here — take advantage of it while you can! Whether you’re headed to a barbecue or you want to spend the weekend surrounded by flowers, make sure to make the most of your outdoor time; we only get so much sunshine every year.

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