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Create An Unforgettable Memorial Day In Phoenix, Arizona

Memorial Day Phoenix Arizona

As we gather with friends and family this Memorial Day weekend, let’s not forget the true meaning behind this hallowed day. Memorial Day is a solemn remembrance of the brave men and women who made the ultimate and selfless sacrifice to our beloved country. You may wonder how best to pay tribute to our fallen heroes. One thing is certain: they would celebrate with friends and family if they were alive today, so that’s what we shall do. 

We believe there is no better way to honor those who have lost their lives in battle than to fill our loved one’s lives with meaning and joy. Therefore, we have compiled a list of things to do in Phoenix to create an unforgettable Memorial Day weekend. However you observe Memorial Day, let it be a meaningful tribute to those who have given all for our country. Be safe and hydrated, and wear plenty of sunscreen under the hot Arizona sun. 

Honor Fallen Veterans At Arizona Memorial Cemetery

Start your Memorial Day weekend memorializing our beloved veterans at the Arizona Memorial Cemetery in north Phoenix. This desert cemetery has over 78,00 buried veterans and is a humbling way to observe all of Memorial Day’s sentiments and remembrances. It’s important to recognize the sacrifice of veterans such as Pat Tillman and, equally, those fallen veterans who have given their lives to preserve our freedom. Aside from the raised memorial in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Arizona Memorial Cemetery remains the most significant WWII United States memorial. 

Spend Time Outdoors With These Nearby Activities

Whether you’re looking to bask in the warmth of the desert or embark on an exhilarating outdoor adventure, Phoenix offers a plethora of fantastic outdoor activities the whole family will love this Memorial Day. Here are several recommendations we think you and your family will enjoy:

  • Papago Park is a one-stop-fits-all, offering hikes (including the Hole in the Rock Trail), a golf course, a picnic area, and grilling sites galore. 


  • With just a quick jaunt away, you could find yourself enthralled at the Phoenix Zoo or the Desert Botanical Gardens. Both are fantastic outdoor options to spend the day in the desert sun. 


  • Perhaps there is a need for thrills in the mix. Six Flags at Hurricane Harbor is there for you if you have kids or a craving for the wild side. It is a great way to beat the heat by day, offering an exceptional number of intense waterslides. As a bonus, they will have a fireworks show to celebrate Memorial Day.

Cool Off At Canyon Lake

Arizona, landlocked as it is, is no stranger to the fun and excitement of boating and watersports. Canyon Lake is a sprawling adventure water garden just around an hour outside the city. This vast acreage of waterways, canyons, rock cliffs, and epic skylines offers something for the whole family. It is an outdoor paradise with countless hikes weaving almost endlessly through the area. Your passion may be finding a secluded hike into a divine fishing hole or traversing the many miles of inlets and epic sites in a canoe or Kayak. Settle down at a campsite or venture out on the Dolly Steamboat for a dinner cruise. Whatever your fancy, spending a day or a few in the Canyon Lake area is a great way to enjoy Memorial Day weekend outdoors.

You Can’t Say Memorial Day With Barbeque

After a full day of outdoor desert activities, you’ve most likely worked up a fierce appetite. This holiday weekend, why not host the ultimate Memorial Day BBQ? Start by firing the grill and showcasing your culinary skills with juicy burgers topped with creative condiments, tender ribs glazed in barbeque sauce, or crispy chicken wings. Don’t forget hotdogs and lemonade for the little ones. To elevate your Memorial Day barbeque, incorporate festive decorations like star-spangled tablecloths and American flag banners to capture the patriotic spirit. 

Perhaps you’ve had too much Arizona heat or no backyard space for a barbecue. You’re in luck because there are fantastic barbeque joints throughout Maricopa County. We recommend the following restaurants to take you to meat-lovers nirvana. 

Little Miss BBQ

Honey Bears BBQ

Frasher’s Smokehouse


Pick your pleasure this Memorial Day with many sights, foods, and excursions throughout the Phoenix area. Memorial Day is the perfect time to get out there and experience all there is to do in the area. Memorial Day holds a significant place in US history as a day of remembrance for our fallen veterans. Let’s ensure their legacy lives on in our hearts and minds, not just on this day but every day. 

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