16 Ideas to Celebrate Memorial Day 2021 from your Home

Flags 1Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend at home and still honor those who have served and protected us with your own celebration. Here are 16 ideas to celebrate Memorial Day 2021 from your home:

  1. Plan an at-home BBQ or picnic. Food always smells and tastes best served from the grill!  If this is the first time to fire up your grill for the warmer season, go here for some grilling tips.
  2. Decorate your home with red, white and blue. Go to Pinterest for ideas.
  3. Write a letter to a soldier. Learn more on how to do that here or here.
  4. Send a care package to a soldier.
  5. Take a virtual memorial tour.
  6. Explain Memorial Day to your children.
  7. Learn how to fold the U.S. flag.
  8. Fly your flag!  (Flag etiquette here.)
  9. Listen to veterans’ stories.
  10. Make a red, white and blue dessert. See recipe ideas here and here.
  11. Decorate bicycles with red, white and blue – and ride them throughout your neighborhood
  12. Play yard games with your family. Here’s an idea on how to create a DIY ring toss. Play “Lawn Twister” in the grass. Try a bean bag ladder toss.  Here is a link to more outdoor game ideas.
  13. Host an outdoor movie. Learn how to create your own outdoor theater.
  14. Camp in your backyard. Set up a tent, add blankets or sleeping bags along with pillows. Tell stories and gaze at the stars!
  15. Roast s’mores from your fire pit! (No fire pit? Use a terracotta pot!)
  16. Walk/run! “Wear Blue” in a virtual Memorial Day walk/run.

Community Memorial Day Events:

Beavercreek Memorial Day Ceremony
May 31, 2021
Beavercreek Veterans Memorial Park, 1911 N Fairfield Road, Beavercreek, Ohio
Bring a lawn chair for this 2pm ceremony

Bellevue Memorial Day Parade
May 31, 2021
Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue, Kentucky
Parade begins at 10:30am

Blue Ash Memorial Day Ceremony
May 31, 2021
Bicentennial Veteran’s Memorial, Blue Ash, Ohio

Memorial Service
May 31, 2021 at 10am
Colerain Gateway Memorial, Springdale Rd/Colerain Ave.

May 31, 2021
VFW Post 6095 at 347 E. 47th Street, Covington, Kentucky
Salute of soldiers, 2pm parade and service at Linden Grove Cemetery and Arboretum
More info

Deer Park / Silverton / Sycamore Township Memorial Day Parade
May 31, 2021
10am parade: N. on Ohio Ave., E. on Webster Ave., N. on Blue Ash Rd., Chamberlin Park, Sycamore Rd. to Bechtold Park

Downtown Dayton, Ohio
May 31, 2021
Dayton National Cemetery at 4400 W. Third St., Dayton, Ohio
1pm ceremony with 100 flags on veterans’ gravestones

Edgewood Memorial Day Ceremony
May 31, 2021 at 10am
Freedom Park  at 550 Freedom Park Drive, Edgewood, Kentucky
Attend in person or watch live on Facebook

May 31, 2021 at 9am
VFW Post 6423, 4435v Dixie Highway, Elsmere, Kentucky
Parade and memorial at Forest Lawn Cemetery
More info

Fairfield Memorial Day
May 31, 2021
Drive-by parades in several locations in Fairfield, Ohio
Community Arts Center (10am); Veterans of Foreign Ways (Post 1069); Fairfield Youth Playfields; Waterworks Park; Thomas O. Marsh Park; Fairfield Aquatic Center; Point Pleasant Park and Veterans Memorial Park

Florence Memorial Day Shoebox Float Parade
May 31, 2021
Boone Co Veterans Memorial at 8020 Veterans Memorial Dr, Florence, Kentucky
Shoe-box style “floats” on display at the Boone Co Veterans Memorial
11am – Musical tribute ceremony

May 31, 2021
Sharon Avenue, Glendale, Ohio
10am memorial ceremony at the War Memorial

Green Township Memorial Day Ceremony
May 31, 2021
Green Township Veterans Park at 6239 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio
10am ceremony hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10380

Hamilton Memorial Day Flag Setting
May 26, 2201
Greenwood Cemetery at 1602 Greenwood Ave., Hamilton, Ohio
Flags are placed on known veterans’ graves

Harrison Memorial Day Parade
May 31, 2021
E Broadway Street, Harrison, Ohio
Parade begins at 10am and proceeds to Glen Haven Cemetery for a memorial service

Kettering Memorial Day Celebration
May 28, 2021
Kettering Rec Complex at 2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering, Ohio
Picnic, swing-style band and fun!

Lebanon Memorial Day Parade
May 31, 2021

Loveland Memorial Day Parade and Memorial
May 31, 2021
Veterans Memorial at 211 Riverside Drive, Loveland, Ohio
Parade at 9am at Loveland Elementary School followed by the memorial

Madeira Memorial Day Ceremony
May 31, 2021
10am at McDonald Commons at 7502 Dawson Rd., Madeira, Ohio

Middletown Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
May 31, 2021
Woodside Cemetery & Arboretum at 1401 Woodside Blvd., Middletown, Ohio
Smith Park at 400 Tytus Ave., Middletown, Ohio
Parade at 10am at Smith Park; Ceremony at 11:30am at Woodside Cemetery

Mt. Healthy
Memorial Celebration Field of Flags
Arlington Memorial Gardens at 2145 Compton Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio
May 27–31, 2021

May 31, 2021 at 9am
998 Monmouth St., Newport, Kentucky
Memorial service

VIRTUAL: Park Hills Memorial Day Parade
May 31, 2021
Park Hills, Kentucky
A video will be displaying the “parade”

Reading/ Arlington Heights/ Lockland Memorial Ceremony
Reading, Ohio
May 31, 2021
9am parade through Arlington Heights into Lockland and through Reading
Memorial Service at Reading Cemetery

Southgate Kentucky
Evergreen Cemetery Flag Placement
May 29, 2021
25 Alexandria Pike, Southgate, Kentucky
Flags placed on Civil War veterans as well as other soldiers

Springboro Memorial Day Parade
May 31, 2021
South Main Street, Springboro, Ohio
2pm parade with a picnic afterwards

Spring Grove Village
May 31, 2021 at 11am
Memorial Celebration
Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum at 4521 Spring Grove Ave., CIncinnati, Ohio

West Chester
Memorial Celebration
May 31, 2021 at 10am
Olde West Chester Business District, West Chester, Ohio
Parade and memorial service

Updated: May 28, 2021

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