Memorial Day is a national holiday of course, but it is designated as a time to remember those servicemen and women who have sacrificed their time, and sometimes their lives, to preserve the freedom of our country's inhabitants. Memorial Day is a wonderful occasion to blend in fun with history and also reflection and a healthy dose of gratitude. The focus on having fun dovetails perfectly with felt and expressed gratitude for the freedom to gather safely with friends and family to celebrate together. Consider these creative Memorial Day party ideas to both express the significance of the holiday and give guests a fun, memorable party to remember.
Designate a special line for veterans and active duty military who are attending the party, and make a special point of inviting them to go through the buffet line first, or for sit down dinners, invite the young persons or family members of military who are present to serve those attendees first. In this way, all guests can make special recognition of veterans and active military and express their gratitude.
Make sure that music played has a patriotic theme. Some great classic songs partygoers can enjoy are "Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen, Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA," any rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner," and "American Pie" by Don McLean, among many more. Also, for a nominal fee you can rent a karaoke machine and have a "Star Spangled Banner" karaoke contest.
When dusk rolls around, gather guests together in a cul-de-sac or open space and set off sparklers. Designate each sparkler in honor of a serviceperson known to each of the attendees, and have the guest share a memory or story about them before the sparkler is released.