Ultimate Memorial Day To-Do List

May 25, 2013    |    By +
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Memorial_thumb3Happy Memorial Day from the Gift Gurus at Gifts.com. Memorial Day conjures visions of firing up the grill, backyard games, beach days, and families spending time together enjoying the hot weather that we missed all winter. The heat also makes it the official kick off to summer, even if summer doesn’t start for a few more weeks (June 21st to be exact) according to the solstice.

But, we can’t forget that Memorial Day is a day for remembering the soldiers who have fought and died for freedom and democracy in the armed forces of the United States. Without them, our lives would no doubt be much, much different.

The unique combination of honoring a somber past and celebrating family fun means there are a lot of options as to how to make this holiday memorable. Before you fire up the grill tell us…

…what are you doing to celebrate Memorial Day?

Here’s what we’re up to: 

Dana Holmes, Editor in Chief:

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 “I’ll be at the wedding of two of my favorite people in New Orleans the day before Memorial Day, so I’ll most likely be at my hotel pool and searching out the best BBQ in town come Monday. Any suggestions?”

 

Dan tower, Men’s Gift Editor:

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I’ll be headed upstate to do some fishing, running and grilling…unless it’s crumby weather, in which case, I’ll be doing some fishing, running and grilling!”

 Gillian Joseph, VP Merchandising:

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“I will be attending my traditional BBQ marathon – 5 barbeques in 3 states in 3 days.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and I will get to swim in a few pools along the way as well. (Don’t worry, I will wait 30 minutes after eating before jumping in the deep end!)”

 

Michelle Dilk, Teen, Eco and Beauty Editor:

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“I’ll be with friends in Piney Point, Maryland. We are staying at a house on the water, so I can expect lots of swimming, barbecuing and other debauchery.”

 

Liz Thearle, Kids and Baby Editor:

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“I will be at my summer home in the Catskills with close friends. I will most likely spend my day in the sun sipping prosecco, followed by an evening of barbecuing and enjoying a nice warm fire with friends.”

 

Felicia Wong, Pets, Flowers and Food Editor:

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“I will be celebrating with my friends and family on Staten Island, enjoying the weather and my aunt’s famous honey glazed grilled chicken wings on the barbeque grill!  What is your favorite barbeque food?”

 

Donna Kramer, Editorial and Social Media Assistant:

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“I’ll be in Miami visiting family and friends for the Memorial Day weekend. You’ll find me lounging poolside, absorbing as much Vitamin D as my body can handle, sipping an ice cold cocktail and hopefully munching on some homemade BBQ!”

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at Gifts.com. She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

Gwen P.
Gwen is the Editorial Curator at Gifts.com. In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.