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Memorial Day is less than two weeks away. This federal holiday commemorates U.S. men and women who have lost their lives during military service. It also marks the unofficial start to summer. Many will take advantage of the long weekend to travel to the nearest lake, beach or mountain getaway. For those staying local, it’s all about neighborhood barbecues and outings to newly-opened pools. My favorite way to spend Memorial Day? Grilling out with my friends and family as well as enjoying the traditional sensory pleasures of summer. Fresh cut grass, a smokey grill, the sun hitting my back, running around barefoot, etc.

Memorial Day Picnic Patriotic DecorPhotos (clockwise left to right): Fancy House Road; flickr.com/junkgarden; Note Card Cafe; Fancy House Road

In addition to displaying the “Stars and Stripes,” Memorial Day gatherings provide the perfect excuse for red, white and blue decorations. A dessert made with strawberries and blueberries is an easy and healthy way to incorporate a patriotic color scheme.

How do you plan on celebrating Memorial Day this year? Are you hosting a neighborhood cookout? Spending the day at the lake? Any special decor tips? We’d love to hear from you!

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Kayla KittsKayla Kitts is an editor for HGTV.com. You can find her doing at least one of the following: shopping for home decor at local vintique stores, picking out produce at...

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