Three {Fun} Things to Do at Memorial Day Parades

Memorial Day…the yearly holiday that signals that summer is (nearly) here! Many of us are enjoying a three-day weekend with family and friends. Swimming, baseball games, outdoor bar-b-ques, and day trips are the activities of choice.

One of my favorite things do to on Memorial Day is to attend a town parade. Here are three ways to enjoy a Memorial Day Parade:

Be a Spectator

The easiest thing to do is to show up and watch! Many don’t realize that their towns, or even neighboring towns, organize parades. Check your town’s web-site for start time and location. They are usually on Monday morning. If the parade ends in speeches given by veterans, please stay, and be respecful. I’ve been to a few ceremonies where people continued to talk and mill about while the veterans tried to be heard over the public address system.



March in One!

Little Leaguers, Scouts, and other local organizations are usually eligible to march in the town Memorial Day Parade. If you don’t hear from your coach or scout leader, be sure to ask if it’s something your team, troupe, or group can do. It’s great visibility and it encourages participation, not just spectating. Some of my best memories of Memorial Day are of my boys marching with their little league teams. Use it as an opportunity to discuss the meaning of the holiday and how it came about. You can find out more about the history of Memorial Day HERE.



Take Photographs

I consider myself to be utterly amateur when it comes to photography, but I always go to parades equipped with my zoom lens camera. I’ve gotten some great shots, in fact, some of my all-time favorites have been from the Memorial Day parades and ceremonies we have attended or marched in. If they turn out great, go out on a limb and share them with your local on-line newspaper. They might just appreciate the effort and post them for others to enjoy. Here are some of my favorites from over the years:




What are some of your favorite Memorial Day activities? Whatever you decide to do today — make it count. Life is fragile, fleeting, and precious.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day!


Angela (30 Posts)

Angela is co-founder of Mosaic Freeschool and a homeschooling mom to two never-been-to school kids. Born in Southern California and raised on the East Coast, Angela had a bit of an unconventional education, but did not consider homeschooling seriously until her first child was born. Believing that young children learn best from those that love them most, Angela and her husband John chose homeschooling for their two boys. She is dedicated to the advancement of alternative education choices, creating the web-site Raising Autodidacts in 2011 to further explore the idea of fostering the self-taught individual. In June of 2013, she started an instructional writing service called Gathering Ink .

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Top Ten Wednesday: Best Photos Blog 2013

Each week, until April, we will be highlighting the Top Ten Bloggers from each category of The 2013 Homeschool Blog Awards. We understand the hard work that is involved in running a successful blog. Kudos to all who were nominated, all who made the top ten and to our winners!

This week we are highlighting the 2013 Best Photos Blogs!

Best Photos Blog

This was your chance to nominate a blogger with photographic talent who makes their posts pop with eye-candy. We wanted to thank those of you who post pictures and graphics that inspire us! The winner of this category is one that takes their own photos – not someone who only uses stock images.

Winner 2013 Best Photos Blog

Just a Night Owl was our winner this year! It was no surprise to find she has her own photography business! The pics {love me some chicken pictures!} on her blog are beautiful! She’s a homeschooling mom of four who loves to live her days “with passion, purpose, and pizzazz.”

Top Ten 2013 Photos Blogs

In no particular order:

Winners and Top Ten Bloggers – don’t forget to grab your button!



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Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mother of Four, Homeschooler, Crafter, Designer (Graphics and CSS/HTML), Blogger. I share too much, laugh at the wrong things, and fall on my backside regularly. Thank goodness Jesus ignores all of that and loves me anyway.

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