Memorial Day activities for groups and local communities

Memorial Day isn’t just a day off from work or school — it’s a time to remember and honor those who have served our country. It’s also a perfect occasion to bring people together. Whether you’re planning activities for a school group, local club, or your neighborhood, there are plenty of Memorial Day activities to make the weekend memorable and meaningful for everyone.

Memorial Day Activities

Here are five great Memorial Day activities that can foster community spirit and remembrance:

Memorial Day Parade

Organize a group to participate in a local Memorial Day parade. You could create a float, march with a banner, or simply support by watching as a group. This is a great way to visibly show appreciation and also a fun outing for all ages.

Community Picnic with a Historical Twist

Host a picnic in a local park and include a storytelling session about the history of Memorial Day. Perhaps invite veterans to speak or have group members prepare short talks on what Memorial Day means to them. Host traditional games like sack races or tug-of-war to keep the fun going.


Get your event planning started with this potluck collection to make sure you have enough food for everyone.

Memorial Garden Project

Create or refurbish a community garden as a tribute to fallen heroes. This can be an ongoing group project that not only beautifies the area but also serves as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made by military personnel.

Field Day of Reflection and Games

Organize a sports and activities day with a reflective opening ceremony. Start with a moment of silence and a reflection on the holiday’s purpose. Then kickoff the games and let the friendly competition begin. Activities can include everything from softball tournaments to three-legged races, catering to all age groups.


Take your game day to the next level with pre-sale or on-site concessions.

Art and Letter Writing Session

Set up a station where community members can write letters to soldiers currently serving or create art that thanks veterans and current military personnel. This can be both a creative and heartfelt way to engage people of all ages, especially children.

Planning Your Memorial Day Activities with Cheddar Up

Cheddar Up makes organizing and funding your Memorial Day activity a breeze. Here’s how you can use this handy tool to pull off a successful event:

Collect Contributions Effortlessly

Whether you’re gathering funds for Memorial Day parade materials, picnic supplies, or garden tools, Cheddar Up allows you to create a custom collection page where members can contribute financially. This way, you won’t have to handle cash or checks, and everyone can see how their contributions are being used.

Manage Sign Ups and Participant Information

Keep track of who’s attending and what everyone’s bringing with Cheddar Up’s sign up feature. You can easily organize a potluck style picnic or assign tasks for the event day without any hassle.

Sell Tickets or Merchandise

If your Memorial Day event includes paid entry or you’re offering commemorative t-shirts, Cheddar Up can handle sales seamlessly. Everyone can buy tickets or order merchandise ahead of the event, ensuring you don’t have to deal with last-minute financial surprises.

Communicate and Update

Send updates and reminders through Cheddar Up to keep everyone informed about the event. This fosters a stronger community bond and makes future events even more successful.

Using Cheddar Up, you can focus more on what truly matters — honoring our heroes and bringing your community closer together — without the stress of event logistics. Ready to start planning your Memorial Day activities? Dive into Cheddar Up to see how easy and impactful your event can be.

Before you go

Get started with Cheddar Up to effortlessly manage RSVPs, collect funds, and coordinate contributions for your Memorial Day activities. Everything is in one convenient place, ensuring your gathering is as memorable as it is meaningful.

Collect for FREE

Whether you’re collecting dues and fees, fundraising, managing an event, creating a sign up, or selling something online or in-person, you can do it with a Cheddar Up collection.

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