Red, white and blue colors are not just for July 4th. Memorial Day is an equally patriotic holiday.
Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.
Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War (1861 to 1865), which saw the largest loss of life of any American war. An estimated 620,000 soldiers died in the conflict—roughly 2% of the U.S. population, in addition to countless civilians.
By the late 1860s, Americans in various communities had begun holding springtime tributes to the fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.
In 1966 the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, the official birthplace of Memorial Day. It first celebrated Memorial Day on May 5, 1866, and was selected because it hosted an annual, community-wide event, during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.
Memorial Day became an official federal holiday in 1971. Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of silent remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m., local time. [source]
MEMORIAL DAY RECIPES
Even if you’re spending a quiet weekend at home, you can celebrate Memorial Day with a patriotic bite or two. Here’s a group of recipes to bite into.
Some are so easy that all you have to do is put the ingredients together: no cooking.
You can use the same red, white and blue recipes for Independence Day and Labor Day, which honors the contributions that American workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country.
Red Velvet Pancakes (recipe)
Red, White & Blueberry Muffins (recipe)
Poached Eggs or Egg White Omelet With A Side Of Red & Blue Berries
Yogurt Parfait With Star-Shaped Toast (recipe)
MEMORIAL DAY BREAKFAST RECIPES
Apple Ginger Cole Slaw (recipe)
Blue Cheese & Red Vegetables (recipes)
Chilled Raspberry Soup With Blueberries(recipe)
Firecracker Macaroni & Cheese (recipe)
Patriotic Cheeseburger (recipe)
Red, White & Blue Potato Salad (recipe 1 and recipe 2)
Star-Shaped Sandwich Skewers (recipe)
Tomato & Mozzarella Skewers (recipe)
MEMORIAL DAY SIDE & MAIN DISH RECIPES
American Flag Crudité Plate (recipe)
American Flag Fruit Skewers (photo)
Bacon Flag Pizza (recipe)
Cheese American Flag (recipe)
Marshmallow Pops (recipe)
Red, White & Blue Ice Pops (recipe)
Red, White & Blue Popcorn (recipe)
Stuffed Celery (recipe)
MEMORIAL DAY SNACK RECIPES
COULDN’T BE EASIER:  Yogurt plus berries. For fun, cut star-shaped toast with cookie cutters (photo courtesy Smuckers).  American Flag fruit skewers (photo courtesy [the former] Stix Mediterranean Grill | NYC).  Layer white sangria or pink lemonade in a pitcher with berries. You can find the recipe on the Svedka website).  Cocktails or mocktails, from Cosmos and Pomtinis to pomegranate juice mocktails (photo courtesy The Clean Dish).