Memorial Day has long been a time for Americans to remember the military personnel who gave their lives in service to their country. Because it is a federal holiday, most employees are given a three day weekend. This has led to the holiday becoming the unofficial start of summer for most families.
People across the country have developed their own traditions for the holiday weekend. Whether they host parties, attend events, or take a vacation; the long weekend is often filled with activities.
We asked our Facebook fans what they have planned for the holiday weekend and this is what they had to say:
1. Many of our fans will be spending the weekend thinking about those who have and still serve in the military.
We have a BBQ in honor of our military families. Then visit the military cemetery.
Spending the day putting flowers on the graves of my fellow Veterans
Missing my brother ... Who is in the Marines ... Ooorah! God Bless Our Soldiers!!!!
2. Others will take to the road to support our troops.
Motorcycle clubs have a reputation in America as strong supporters of active and veteran military personnel. Many avid bikers will join rallys and rides to show their patriotism over the holiday weekend.
Going to DC for the rolling thunder
I did the ride of respect
Photo courtesy of Alan Kotok
3. Camping is a common theme for the weekend.
Though some die hard campers are willing to spend the winter outdoors; for many, the extended weekend and warmer weather are the perfect combination to pack their belongings and begin their summer adventures away from the crowds.
4. Along with camping, spending time on the water is also a popular trend.
Summer's arrival means many will break out their favorite swimsuit and head for the water.
Andrea kept it simple
Megan knows where to party
Redneck yacht club
And we all want to join Rachel
5. Music, Music, Music
Summer is also the start of festival season. Many will spend the holiday listening to their favorite musicians. No matter what your musical preference is, chances are, there will be a summer concert series to suit your style.
Ashley is excited to spend her weekend rocking out
Kelli's weekend is built around variety
River fest in Little Rock and crystal mining on Sunday the driving home on Monday! Can't wait!!
Photo courtesy of LoudWire
In this hectic world, most of our fans are just looking forward to staying home. The overwhelming majority plan to spend the holiday enjoying a cookout with loved ones.
Alisha plans to keep things EXTREMELY low key
I'll have no littles so I'm going to watch Jerry Springer and paint my nails black.
Darren is also a fan of enjoying the little things in life
Having a beer
Phil is more ambitious and hopes to enjoy the four B's this weekend
Baseball, bbq, beer, babes.
Photo courtesy of Vegan Crunk
We want to thank all our fans in the military for their service to their country. If you have any ideas or thoughts to add, leave your feedback in the comments below!