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For many families, a Memorial Day celebration typically includes a three-day weekend packed with picnics, backyard barbecues, and a red, white, andblue dessertto top it all off. This year's activities might be smaller in scale, but it's still important to keep in mind what this national holiday is truly about: remembering and honoring those who have made the greatest sacrifice for our countryssafety andfreedom.

Weve rounded up a list of family-friendly ideas for a safe and memorable Memorial Day weekend.

Decorate your home.

Twirl up your house with patriotic decor and other red, white, and blue decorations that are cute and inexpensive to show your appreciation for the women and men who have served our country. Embrace your patriotic spirit by making your Memorial day celebration more stylish with these easy DIY ideas.

Run a virtual race.

If running a race is how you celebrate special occasions, you can compete in one on your own. Take, for instance, the Virtual Run Challenge, which is hosting a 21-K race over the weekend. The approximately 13-mile race can be completed wherever you like, and is between $27 and $60 to register. Or, follow these tips to make a course thats right for you.

Camp in your backyard.

Look no further than your backyard for the ultimate camping destination. Set up a tent, have a bonfire, roast marshmallows, and tell campfire stories. Try leaving cell phones and other electronics in the house for a truly authentic camping experience. These ideas will make your summer staycation a favorite family memory for years to come.

Bake Patriotic treats.

Everyone loves a sweet treat to kick off summer. From cupcakes and cookies to brownies and berry pies, these red, white, and blue desserts are a delicious ending to your backyard barbecue.

Go for a hike.

Some trails and parks are beginning to reopen their gates, which means you and your family can lace up your hiking boots and get back into nature. From hidden gems rich in wildlife to hills with views of the Boston skyline, these great outdoor adventures await. The National Recreationand Park Association offers guidance like warning other trail users of your presence, allowing proper space or stepping off trails as you pass others, and keeping the recommended distance at all times.

First and foremost, take care of yourself and the members of your household. While some of the heavier restrictions are being lifted, its still important to make sure that you stay up-to-date with CDC guidelines and ensure that youre washing your hands frequently and wearing a face covering when in public spaces.

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