Taking it back to 1865, the Civil War had just ended so to mark the moment each year on May 31st everybody celebrated Decoration Day. Fast forward to 1971 an official holiday with a new name, Memorial Day was born. Still celebrated every year on the 31st of May to honor those that have lost their lives fighting for our country.

S'more of This and S'more of That

Let's start by flexing camping vibes with an upgraded version of the classic s'more.

  • Dark Chocolate
  • Hot Cheetos
  • Peanut Butter Cups
  • Coconut
  • Kit Kats
  • Cinnamon Sugar Graham Crackers
  • Chocolate Caramels
  • Flavored or Filled Marshmallows
  • Skip the graham crackers and use split bananas instead, stuff them with all the yummy stuff

Watch Them Dishes

Nobody wants to be loading and unloading the dish washer, filling up the sink and more so grab biodegradable plates, bowls, cups, utensils and trash bags if you're out. If you're having a BBQ a cool hack is filling a cupcake tray with all the condiments and toppers. One spot shop and an easy clean-up.

Take it to the Backyard

If you're planning on staying at home, turn the backyard into your campground. Put up a tent and grab some flashlights. Scary stories optional but only the shadow knows...

Movie Night

Movie marathons are a great way to unwind and if the weather permits, you could put up a white sheet and turn your phone into a projector. I've seen awesome ideas where if you have kids you could turn boxes into little cars and every gets their drive-in movie kits with food and stuff. Turn normal movies nights into something extra special

Honor Our Veterans

Pick a spot to drop off some flowers or spend some time at one of the areas memorials

Create a New Meal and Support Local

The Farmer's Market in Downtown Yakima and Yakima's Farmer's Market are both open now each Sunday through the summer so it's a perfect time to head to check-out the local vendors. You could grab honey, or fancy balsamic for grilling and more. Fresh bread, cheeses, fruits and vegetables all grown right here.


Be present and enjoy this time off, whatever that may mean to you!

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