by Sarah Shotwell

Memorial Day Movie Night_BlogMemorial Day, our nation’s tribute to those who gave their lives serving in the armed forces, is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends for a day of reflection and fun. The U.S. federal holiday is famously positioned on one of the best days of the year: on the brink of summer, everyone is feeling optimistic, and in most parts of the country, the weather is nearly guaranteed to be perfect.

This year, if you have a warm, dry evening on your hands, put a spin on the classic Memorial Day barbecue and break out grandma’s dusty old projector to take a jaunt into your family’s own cinematic history. Simply tack up a sheet to the side of the house, set up some lawn chairs, crack open the wine, grill up some dogs, and take a moment to remember. Retro home movies under the stars is a celebratory, heartfelt, and romantic way to reignite a respect for the past and those we wish to remember. Plus, your kids will love the chance to balk at the mullet you proudly sported in the 80s.

Ideal Barbecue Pairings: Pinot Noir with grilled franks / Syrah with bacon burgers