Viewed by many as the unofficial opening salvo to summer, each year’s Memorial Day weekend sees Americans from coast to coast gather with friends and family to commemorate those who died protecting our nation’s freedoms. And in what just might be the ideal way to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by the United States’ military heroes, most Memorial Day revelers spend the long weekend enjoying their hard-fought freedoms to the fullest by relaxing and soaking in some of the best our nation has to offer.
In the United States’ southeastern region, of course, there aren’t many better places to observe Memorial Day and summer’s debut than along the Grand Strand, where 60-plus miles of Carolina coastline and a wide range of fun, family-friendly attractions keep beach-loving vacationers coming back year after year. If you’re looking to mark your holiday in Grand Strand style, consider these fun and relaxing ways to spend your long weekend in the Myrtle Beach area:
Salute our soldiers: A long-held tradition on the Grand Strand, Military Appreciation Days serves as a month-long salute to our nation’s veterans. And on Saturday, May 25, the Military Appreciation Days parade provides a great way for visiting families to honor those who served. Witness the pageantry as marching bands, floats, walking groups, decorated vehicles and more — not to mention country music star and former U.S. Army Ranger Keni Thomas, who is serving as this year’s grand marshal — wind their way through The Market Common in a patriotic salute to our soldiers.
Have a patriotic picnic: Outdoor feasting is among the most popular ways Americans celebrate our nation’s red, white and blue holidays, and for vacationers who make The Strand Resort on the Myrtle Beach oceanfront their vacation home away from home, it won’t be hard to put together the perfect picnic spread. With fully equipped kitchens on offer among the resort’s comfortable accommodations, guests can easily stock up the fridge and pantry with a trip to a nearby grocery store, then whip up their favorite holiday dishes for the big celebration. Of course, for those looking to simplify their meal prep, a range of popular restaurants are located within easy reach of the resort property for grab-and-go meals, and The Market Restaurant can be found right on-site.
Find some family time at the beach: Of course, when staying right on the Atlantic coast for Memorial Day weekend, you and your family will want to soak in some sunshine along the Atlantic Ocean’s sandy shores. And at The Strand Resort, our guest rooms are located just steps away from the resort’s backyard beach, where breathtaking views of the Atlantic punctuate the perfect spot to put up a beach umbrella, kick back in a beach chair, and enjoy the sound of the crashing waves while the warm sands tickle your toes. Bonus: The resort also offers an oceanfront pool deck featuring shady cabanas and lush landscaping — perfect for whiling away a day in the sun.
Find fun for everyone: Located just a 4-minute drive inland from The Strand Resort, shopping/dining/entertainment hot spot Broadway at the Beach offers a range of stores, restaurants and fun attractions worthy of a day full of exploration, and its lineup is diverse enough to provide something visitors of all ages and interests can enjoy. Here, more than 75 retail stores and shops can be found on the complex’s property, all complemented by nearly 50 restaurants, sweets shops, bakeries and nightlife destinations, plus a long list of fun activities and attractions. So no matter what members of your Memorial Day getaway crew you bring along — everyone’s sure to find some fun at Broadway.
After enjoying a Memorial Day for the history books on the Grand Strand, head back to your luxurious oceanfront accommodations and wide range of amenities at The Strand Resort to rest up for more fun in the Myrtle Beach area. Book your Memorial Day getaway today — and start planning a holiday celebration to remember on the Carolina coast!