Memorial Day Activities & Destinations in Arizona

For many, Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer as it provides a time to relax and remember those who have served our country. With the three-day weekend quickly approaching, we’ve pulled together a list of activities and day-trip destinations in Arizona as well as how to utilize your apartment community amenities to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend. 

Memorial Day Weekend Activities

  • Visit a Museum
    • Choosing to visit a museum during Memorial Day weekend can be a great way to honor the holiday. Museums such as the Heard Museum in Phoenix will display special exhibitions to provide further education. In the past, the Heard Museum has hosted a Memorial Day dinner to honor Native American Vietnam warriors. Other museums for education surrounding the holiday include the Arizona Military Museum.
  • Camelback Mountain
    • If you’re in the mood for something more adventurous, try hiking the iconic Camelback Mountain. As temperatures are already beginning to rise, it’s important to get your hikes in during the early morning and before the extreme triple digits of the Summer hit. While the hike is steep, it can be done quickly and is a great opportunity to stay active with others.
  • Attend a Family Attraction

Best Day Trips in Arizona

  • Lake Havasu City
    • Marketed as “Arizona’s Playground,” Lake Havasu City is a great place to take a day trip. Visitors can immerse themselves in history at the world-famous London Bridge, or rent a boat and spend the day on the lake. Enjoy live entertainment from local bands and artists who put on shows throughout the weekend. The city is about a four-hour drive from Phoenix, and it is a popular destination so plan to leave early to make the most out of your visit. 
  • Flagstaff
    • Flagstaff’s high-temperature averages in the mid to high 60 degrees during the month of May, which makes it an excellent escape from the heat. Flagstaff is just a two-hour drive north from Phoenix, making it one of the best day trips in Arizona. As the home of Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff offers a college town vibe with many delicious local restaurants and breweries. After grabbing a bite to eat, visitors can adventure out in the mountains on one of many hikes in the area.
  • Page
    • Home to both Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, and Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona is a natural masterpiece. Page is about a five-hour drive from Phoenix, making it more suitable for a getaway that lasts the whole weekend. Visiting Page is a great Memorial Day Weekend activity because of all the natural wonders. The lakes provide a great place to cool off and take photos, as well as make memories that will last a lifetime.

Celebrate Within Your Community

  • Chill at the clubhouse
    • If going out of town is not the vibe for the weekend, then residents can easily enjoy amenities inside their own community. The clubhouse offers a great home base for gathering with friends and neighbors to socialize and celebrate Memorial Day. 
  • Party at the pool
    • There’s no better Memorial Day weekend activity than being poolside. A pool party is a perfect way for celebrating Memorial Day without having to leave home. Enjoy music, water games and activities, light refreshments, snacks, and more! 
  • Host a patriotic cookout
    • Whether it’s your community hosting or you’re utilizing the common area grills, you can enjoy a patriotic cookout during the long weekend. These cookouts can include patriotic-inspired dishes and drinks, as well as classic hot dogs and burgers. A barbecue is a classic Memorial Day Weekend activity, providing both food and fun for everyone to enjoy. 

Whether you pick from one of the best day trips in Arizona or stay at home, there are plenty of Memorial Day Weekend activities for people in Arizona to enjoy. If you participate in any of these activities, be sure to tag us on Instagram @pbbellapts so we can see!