Memorial Day is coming up, and we all know what that means - SUMMER! Being that it honors those who have served our country, and also marks the beginning of summer, Memorial Day calls for a celebration. As a college student, I have a few favorite phrases, like “class is canceled” and “your lowest grade will be dropped” - my favorite one, however, has to be “free things.” Living on a budget doesn’t mean that you can’t have a great time, and if you look closely, you’ll find that there are lots of things to do without spending a dime. This Memorial Day, why not give your wallet a break and spend the day with some free activities? Here are five free ways for you to spend your Memorial Day this year:
1. Have a picnic
Food, good company, and a nice outdoor spot - what else could a person need? Picnics are fun, budget-friendly ways to spend a nice day with loved ones. Just make a couple sandwiches, or if you’re feeling extra fancy, make your own meat and cheese board.
2. Watch the fireworks
In many places around the country, there will be firework displays occurring on Memorial Day. Most of the time, these events are free, too! Bring a big blanket, some friends and family, snacks and drinks, and you’ve got yourself a perfect way to end the holiday.
Depending on where you’re living in the U.S., the end of the May can get pretty warm. Why not cool off by heading to the nearest beach, lake, or river? Spend the day on the water, or sun-tanning in a cute new swimsuit, all for free.
4. Take a hike
If you’re the outdoorsy type, then you’re probably always ready to go outside and explore. This Memorial Day, why not go hiking at your favorite spot, or try out a new trail with some friends? Enjoy that warm summer heat by spending the holiday in nature!
5. The classic BBQ
Did someone say summertime? The smell of a good barbecue always makes me think of sunshine, hanging out with friends, and not stressing out (too much) about school. For Memorial Day, hosting a barbecue at your place will be a great way to spend the day with your friends and family.