Posted: May 17, 2018
Across New Jersey, preparations are underway for summer’s official kickoff. Memorial Day weekend is traditionally filled with festivals, races and openings at the Jersey shore and other seasonal destinations. Closer to home, communities in Hunterdon and Somerset counties mark Memorial Day with flag raising, wreath laying ceremonies and parades. This year while remembering the sacrifices of the past, encourage your family to set aside devices and distractions for some quality togetherness. Check out these quick tips for putting a fresh, family-focused spin on early summer activities.
Before there were Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat, people collected memories in their favorite photo albums. Almost every family has a few of these memory books tucked away in an old hope chest or collecting dust in the attic. Browse through family albums to trigger forgotten memories of grandparents or introduce children to people and stories from their past. Many family albums also feature photos of relatives who served in wartime, lending a personal connection to Memorial Day ceremonies.
Set up a table with large, smooth river rocks, paintbrushes and dishes of colorful enamel paints. Allow each family member and guest to paint designs on the rocks. Once the stones are dry, use them to frame a flowerbed, tree or herb garden so your family has a colorful and practical reminder of your Memorial Day celebration. Add a coat of polyurethane to weatherproof the rocks and protect the designs.
Roast hotdogs, s’mores or marshmallows over a gas or wood-burning fire pit to end your Memorial Day celebration. Check out these campfire meals and fireside desserts for more creative outdoor cooking options that are perfect for home—or the campground.
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer activities in Central New Jersey. Before you fire up the grill or fill up the pool, Maglio Electric reminds you to safeguard your holiday with a pool and deck safety check. After this year’s late snows, it’s especially important to inspect electrical connections in spas, pools and outdoor kitchens for proper grounding and safe operation.
Maglio Electric is your family-owned NJ electrical contractor specializing in repairs, upgrades, home additions and outdoor lighting installation. Our summer schedule is filling fast—so call 908.735.6218 today to schedule your pool or spa inspection. For your convenience, you can also request an appointment using this convenient online form. We’re honored to help you celebrate safely this Memorial Day!
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