Memorial Day 2012

This weekend we’re celebrating Memorial Day, the Federal holiday that honors those men and women in our armed forces who have died in service to our country. Did you know that Memorial Day was first celebrated after the Civil War? The holiday was originally called Decoration Day, because the living would honor the dead by decorating their graves. This tradition is continued in present times, when we put American flags on the graves of deceased soldiers. We further honor the dead with a national moment of remembrance at 3pm local time.

Memorial Day weekend is also the unofficial beginning of the backyard season. The weather this weekend is looking a little troublesome, though- expect random thunderstorms and high humidity to go along with the heat and the sun.

This being said, there’s no way we want anyone to miss out on one of the first BBQs of the summer. That’s why we’ve come up with a few ways to bring the party inside- at least until the rain stops!

1. Grill on the Porch

Even if it looks like rain, there’s no way you should miss out on delicious grilled hamburgers, kabobs, and of course the traditional BBQ hot dog. If possible, do your grilling in a screened-in or covered porch. That way your food is safe in rain or shine.

If you don’t have a porch, consider purchasing a grill-top for your stove. It won’t be the same as an old-fashioned charcoal grill, but it will keep the spirit of the Memorial Day BBQ alive.

2. Plan a Back-Up Party Site

This is the perfect time to pull out that giant party tent you’ve got sitting in the back of your garage. Alternatively, you can use twine to tie tarp to trees and buildings, creating a makeshift tent. You can also open your garage up and use it as a second party location. This has the added benefit of giving you an incentive to do the post-winter garage clean that you’ve been putting off!

3. Indoor Party Games

If a sudden shower forces you indoors, make sure to have some great group party games ready. Update classics like charades with a fun theme.  Or, try ‘Celebrities,’ one of our favorite party games.  Follow this link to learn the rules- it’s pretty easy to learn, and tons of fun.

Good luck with planning your BBQs- and remember to take the time on Monday to think about our troops and the battles they’ve fought over the years. We hope you have a great Memorial Day, no matter what the weather.

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