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Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious barbecue that honors our fallen heroes? Living at Upper Ivy puts you in a prime position to throw a gathering that’s both festive and meaningful. This guide offers tips and tricks to ensure your Memorial Day BBQ is a memorable tribute to those who served.

Grilling Greatness At Upper Ivy

  • Balcony Bites: If your Upper Ivy apartment boasts a balcony, you can create your own mini-BBQ haven! Use a portable grill or get creative with an electric griddle to cook up burgers, hot dogs, or kebabs. Don’t forget the safety guidelines when using any grilling equipment on a balcony.

  • Indoor Alternatives: No balcony or communal grilling area available? No problem! Get creative with crockpots, Instant Pots, or even your oven to prepare delicious BBQ dishes. Pulled pork, baked beans, and mac and cheese can all be prepared indoors for a hassle-free feast that still captures the spirit of the occasion.


A Menu Honoring Heroes

  • Classic BBQ Fare with a Twist: Burgers, hot dogs, and grilled chicken are all crowd-pleasing options. Elevate them with a patriotic touch! Try red, white, and blue kabobs with chicken, steak, and veggies, or top your burgers with star-shaped cheese.

  • Memorial Day Must-Haves: Potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, and potato chips are essential for a well-rounded BBQ spread. Consider adding a fresh summer fruit salad or grilled corn on the cob for a touch of seasonal flair.

  • Don’t Forget the Drinks: Stock up on refreshing beverages like iced tea, lemonade, and sparkling water for a non-alcoholic option. For the adults, offer a selection of beers, wines, and red, white, and blue cocktails (responsibly, of course!).

Festive Touches for a Meaningful Gathering

  • Patriotic Decorations: Set the mood with festive red, white, and blue decorations. String up some lights, add some star-spangled tablecloths, and create a welcoming atmosphere that honors the spirit of the holiday.

  • Outdoor Fun (Weather Permitting): Make the most of the beautiful weather with outdoor games like cornhole, frisbee, or badminton. This is a great way to keep guests entertained while the food cooks.

  • A Moment of Remembrance: As you gather with friends and family, take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day. Perhaps share stories of fallen heroes, have a moment of silence, or play patriotic music.

Upper Ivy’s Memorial Day Advantage

Living at Upper Ivy offers convenient access to grocery stores for stocking up on supplies. Additionally, with parks and green spaces nearby, you might find the perfect spot for a picnic-style Memorial Day celebration that allows for ample space and a connection to nature.

Celebrate, Remember, and Savor

Memorial Day is a time to celebrate the unofficial start of summer, remember those who have served our country, and enjoy delicious food with loved ones. With a little planning and these helpful tips, your Upper Ivy apartment can be the setting for a heartfelt and memorable Memorial Day BBQ. So fire up the grill (or get creative indoors!), gather your loved ones, and celebrate the heroes who have given so much.