Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have served our country, but it's also the unofficial start of summer. Whether you're honoring a loved one, or having a get together, we have patriotic decorations, picnic ideas, and hosting tips that cover everything from barbecues to beach bonfires.
Patriotic Party Ideas and Decorations for Memorial Day
Go subtly festive without overdosing on red, white, and blue. These ideas will enliven every corner of your fete.AdvertisementAdvertisementArticle
America's Party-Perfect Pattern
Brilliant inspirations from that old-fashioned icon, the bandanna.
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Stars-and-Stripes Gazebo TrimBox-pleated bunting adds a crowning touch to a gazebo or other outdoor structure. We trimmed the traditional flag design to highlight the blue-and-white part of the pattern. For crisper folds, iron the pleats as you make them.
Memorial Day & Beyond: Our Editors' Favorite Summer Potluck Recipes
Cookout Food Classics For All Summer LongThe most memorable meals of the summer often take place outdoors and the foods are as messy as they are delicious. Make any of these classics -- from meaty to fruity with plenty of sides for good measure -- for a cookout worth reliving all summer long.
60 Summer Side Dishes
Our summertime side dishes are sure to steal the show at your next warm-weather meal.
Stars and Stripes Clip-Art Paper ConesFilled with a mix of beet and blue-potato chips, this easy-to-make container is something to cheer for.
Starry Tabletop Runner
Impress your guests with one of our fresh ideas for outdoor centerpieces.
Get Your Grill Ready for SummerFor some of us, Memorial Day means the start of grilling season. Before you can start flipping burgers, though, you'll need to make sure your grill is ready for business. We asked Kevin Kolman, Weber’s grilling expert (and a man who has 30 grills in his backyard), how to get your grill in tip-top shape.
Stars and Stripes Bunting Craft
Cloth Decoupage TrayTransform affordable wooden plates with cotton in patriotic colors.
Stamped Paper Tablecloth for SummerBrighten a paper-topped table with garden-inspired rubber stamps: a hydrangea blossom (blue ink) and a pair of butterflies (red and pink).
Surefire Grilling TechniquesSince all meats (and vegetables) are not created equal, here are basic instructions for cooking all the classics to perfection.Recipe
Flag CakeThis homage to Old Glory is a moist, sour-cream pound cake flavored with a little lemon zest, and lots of cream-cheese frosting -- all topped with an abundance of fresh summer berries.Recipe
Hake BurgersCutting the fish by hand keeps the texture of the patties light and fluffy.Recipe
Turkey-Meatloaf BurgersUsing dark meat makes these burgers extra-juicy and flavorful.Recipe
Aged-Cheddar-and-Swiss CheeseburgersFor these burgers, Martha loves Milton Creamery's Prairie Breeze cheddar and Challerhocker Swiss, both available at Murray's Cheese. Grate the horseradish and add it to the cheeses right before grilling; it quickly loses its potency once grated.Recipe
Potato Salad with Quick-Pickled Onions and CeleryA nod to cool, pure Nordic flavors, this is great with salmon or steak.Recipe
Tartlets with Yogurt Pastry Cream and StrawberriesYogurt puts a new spin on French pastry cream, which is typically made with milk. Much to our delight, the result is brighter in flavor and still delivers that same silky richness. Layer it into a flaky, buttery shell, and then top it with strawberries.Recipe
Red-Jam and Cheese DanishThe dough can be made through step 1 the night before baking and left to rise in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours. The chilled dough will need about two hours in the baking dish to come to room temperature and double in bulk before baking.Article
Cool PastasTote one of these tasty pasta salads to a Memorial Day party.Article
Best Burgers, on the Grill
Before you fire up the grill, let us help you brush up on how to shape them (with a light touch), season them (generously), cook them (no pressing), and top them (almost anything goes!).Video
Macaroni Salad Perfect for Memorial DayMartha Stewart and friends Steve and Jane Heller barbeque and cook macaroni salad for Memorial Day.Gallery
Martha Stewart Fans' Most #PatrioticPets
Oh, say, can you tell how much fun we had looking through your #PatrioticPets submissions on Instagram? Thanks to all the Instagrammers who participated by posting photos of their adorably decked-out pets in anticipation of Labor Day. Click through to see which red, white, and blue critters we couldn't get enough of -- and be sure to follow @MarthaStewart on Instagram for your own chance to be featured!Gallery
New Americana: Bandanna Decor, Crafts, and Party Ideas
Give retro-chic bandannas new life with these decor and entertaining projects.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
New Classic BurgerYou can grind as much or as little meat together as you'd like, using equal parts of each type. Martha made this recipe on Cooking School episode 407.Recipe
Grilled Marinated Chicken ThighsServe these chicken thighs on their own, sandwich them like a burger, slice or shred them for use as a taco filling, or chop them and add to salads or pasta dishes.