To all those out there that love to be "out there," it is finally the unofficial start of the summer season. Where I live within a few miles of the Jersey shore, Memorial Day weekend has always been a super big deal. The boardwalk and the beach have their "grand re-opening" every year at this time. All the local news teams descend on the shore to report on the crowds, weather and water temperature. Typically the water is a comfortable 53 degrees. Trust me, it feels MUCH colder than it sounds. However, no one really cares. (I do but no one else seems to.) The kids enjoy the beach playing in the sand, the sun worshippers get to soak up the rays without the dreadful humidity of July and those that love the water can walk in the surf and squish their toes in the wet sand. It is a glorious beginning to what always promises to be a summer of fun in the sun and surf.
How the weekend impacts the festival season is sort of a beginning of its own. Although the season has been going on for quite a while now, everyone can sense that it kicks into high gear starting now. That's one reason that I was overwhelmed with choices for the blog. I wasn't sure which way to go. Last year, I highlighted specifically Memorial Day events; the year before, I did holiday-specific parades. So this year I thought I would do some events that take place over Memorial Day weekend that are just not traditional "Memorial Day" celebrations. Are you confused? Well what I mean is that they are Memorial Day events simply based on the calendar and not necessarily on what takes place at the event. Did that clear it up?
There are art festivals, jazz/music festivals and food festivals. There is even a Horned Toad Festival and a Mud Bug Festival. A little something for everyone, I would say. But as always these are just a representation of some of the fabulous events taking place each week in the U.S. Depending on where you live, these may not be geographically possible for you to attend. However, there is no need to worry as there are always many options available right in your own backyard. Simply use the search box above or sign up for our free weekly email to find events in your area. And remember that I love hearing from my readers and I personally answer every email I receive.
An Important Note to All: Memorial Day is a holiday for a very special reason. It is a way to remember the sacrifices of all those who have died in service to our country. It is a sobering reminder of the ultimate price some have paid for our freedom. That freedom allows us to celebrate in any manner of theme, style, location, etc., that we desire. It is what makes us who we are and defines what we hold dear. Please be sure to attend a ceremony, parade or wreath laying, before you head out to one of the more non-traditional celebrations. It will be an excellent way of demonstrating how we will never forget the real cost of our "free" events.