As we gather with friends and family for Memorial Day celebrations (May 29th), it’s essential to remember the significance of this federal holiday. It was established by John A. Logan, the leader of the Organization of Union Veterans, in 1868 to honor the brave military service members who lost their lives during the Civil War. With American flags flying high, people across the nation have since decorated the graves of fallen heroes to pay their respects.
“The Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer, as families gather for barbecues, picnics, and other festivities”
Over time, Memorial Day has evolved into a time of remembrance for all who have served, with traditions such as the Memorial Day Parade in Washington DC and the laying of wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. At 3 PM local time, the National Moment of Remembrance is observed, allowing us to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who have served, from the Civil War to World War II and beyond.
While Congress passed legislation in 1966 to officially recognize Waterloo, New York, as the birthplace of Memorial Day, the holiday is now celebrated nationwide. It is distinct from Veterans Day, which honors all veterans, and Armed Forces Day, which celebrates those currently serving.
The Memorial Day weekend also marks the unofficial start of summer, as families gather for barbecues, picnics, and other festivities to honor the memory of fallen soldiers, both Union and Confederate.
So, as you raise your American flags and come together with loved ones this Memorial Day, take a moment to remember and honor the men and women who have given their lives in service to our nation.
When is Memorial Day 2023?
Initially known as “Decoration Day”, Memorial Day takes place on the last Monday of May and commemorates those who have lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military. In 2023, Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 29th. The holiday consistently occurs on the last Monday in May.
St Pierre’s Grilling Food Ideas for Your Memorial Day Celebrations
Whether you’re organizing a delightful family picnic or a backyard cookout to mark this occasion, St Pierre has got you covered with an array of magnifique recipe ideas to ensure your Memorial Day celebrations are truly memorable! Take a look at our ideas to impress your guests and create lasting memories on this special occasion.
Bring a Taste of France To Your Memorial Day All-American Grill Celebrations
As Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season, it’s the perfect opportunity to host a grand cookout and embrace the warm weather. Explore our mouthwatering grilling recipe ideas using America’s favorite brioche – St Pierre – to elevate your outdoor gathering and create a magnifique experience for friends and family.
Bacon Cheeseburger Bagel
For a unique twist on your classic American cheeseburger, opt for St Pierre Brioche Bagels as your base. With homemade burger patties, gooey melted cheese and crispy bacon nestled inside a lightly toasted Brioche Bagel, you’ll find it hard to imagine enjoying your burgers any other way.
Grilled Smokey Brisket Burger
We’ve reimagined the classic BBQ Texan brisket by combining it with a burger to craft the ultimate Smokey Brisket Burger. Served within our St Pierre Sesame Seed Brioche Burger Buns, this scrumptious creation is where the bold flavors of Texas barbecue meet the finesse of French bakery.
Top Tip: Toast To Perfection
We recommend toasting the brioche burger bun before adding in all your fillings. You can lightly toast our brioche either in a pan or under the broiler. Just note that brioche only needs lightly toasting, so keep an eye on it while it’s toasting.
Grilled Pulled Pork Burgers with Jalapeno Slaw
Delight in the perfect harmony of flavors – succulent grilled pulled pork and zesty slaw, beautifully enveloped in our pre-sliced and deliciously soft Brioche Burger Buns. This delightful fusion celebrates the best of both worlds for grilling season.
Must-Try Party Food Ideas for your Memorable Day Celebrations
Up your creativity this Memorial Day by making some magnifique party food that your loved ones won’t be able to resist! St Pierre’s ideas below include crafting your own custom sandwiches using our St Pierre Brioche Sub Rolls – visit our Recipes for some delectable ideas or invent your own unique combinations.
After assembling your sandwiches, simply slice the Sub Roll into four portions for effortless sharing. For those hosting a Memorial Day picnic, explore our collection of mouth-watering recipe ideas to impress your guests.
We’ve also come up with some other easy party food to make your Memorial Day celebrations delicious and memorable. Take a look below…
Loaded Deli Sandwich
Who can resist a sandwich piled high with your favorite sliced deli meats, along with sliced juicy tomato, lettuce leaves and some creamy sliced cheese.
There are no rules with this recipe as to which meats, cheeses or salad you should include – so whether you’re using up leftovers in the fridge, or you’re picking out your favorites from your local grocery store, make sure
Barbecued Hasselback Brioche Sub
If you’re planning on grilling this Memorial Day, give this delicious recipe a go. Stuff our St Pierre Brioche Sub Rolls with crispy bacon and creamy grated cheese, topped with chopped parsley and black pepper, for a hearty treat the whole family will love.
Pulled Pork and Slaw Sliders
These savory treats take only 30 minutes to make, so that you can get on with enjoying your Memorial Day celebrations with your loved ones. Filled with juicy BBQ pulled pork and creamy slaw, our Brioche Slider Rolls are great for serving up impressive bite-sized grilling treats with minimal effort.
Mini yet mighty, these Mini Cheeseburgers also use our Brioche Slider Rolls to create smaller versions of an all-American classic that will please everyone at your Memorial Day celebrations. Why not create a topping station so that your guests can add on their favorite condiments.
Top Tip: Try out our sweet options!
If you’re in search of a delightful sweet treat for your Memorial Day celebrations, consider trying one of our favorite dessert recipes. Our Rasberry Mascarpone Rolls are a great way to use up any leftover Brioche Hot Dog Rolls for a sweet way to end the day. And these Maple Pecan Sticky Buns are a delicious bite-sized sweet treat that your guests won’t be able to resist!
Memorable Memorial Day Desserts to Complete Your Feast
“Simple yet delightful Memorial Day dessert ideas to sweeten your Memorial Day celebrations.”
Discover a selection of easy-to-make, mouthwatering dessert ideas to add a touch of sweetness to your Memorial Day celebrations. Impress your guests with these delightful treats that are sure to leave lasting memories. Infuse your desserts with a hint of Parisian elegance and indulgence, all with minimal effort!
White Chocolate Cherry Almond Brioche
Our recipe for White Chocolate, Cherry and Almond Tear and Share is a stunning showstopper brimming with delightful flavors, using our Brioche To Share loaf – perfect for your Memorial Day celebrations and easy to create in less than 30 minutes.
Cookies and Cream Brioche Rolls
Our Cookies and Cream Brioche Rolls recipe blends the irresistible flavors of this classic combination with the delicate sweetness of our St Pierre Brioche Hot Dog Rolls. Perfect as a sweet treat or dessert, these delightful rolls are sure to become a quick favorite.
Easy Memorial Day Celebration Cake Rolls
If you’re in search of a simple yet delectable cake to include in your dessert line-up, consider trying our Memorial Day Celebration Cake Rolls, which are easy to prepare and sure to impress your guests.
To make these festive and patriotic treats, simply dip the rolls in demerara sugar, bake them until they caramelize, and fill them with a creamy whipped cream that’s colored with red, white, and blue food coloring. The result is a delicious and visually stunning dessert that will have your guests begging for more.
The St Pierre team has tested it for you and it’s wonderful. But don’t just take our words for it and try it by yourself!
Memorial Day Weekend Ideas: How to Celebrate and Honor the Occasion
“Besides displaying the American flag at your home, there are numerous Memorial Day activities you and your family can participate in together. Many of these events take place locally, no matter where you reside.”
Consider visiting your nearest history museum, hiking in a National Park, or attending the annual Memorial Day concert. You can also give back to veterans and the families of fallen soldiers through charitable donations. There are countless meaningful ways to spend Memorial Day.
Conclude the weekend by watching a movie or learning more about the day and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.
Take a look at St Pierre’s ideas of activities you can do with your family or friends as part of your Memorial Day celebrations…
Celebrate with sidewalk chalk murals
Assemble the neighborhood children and design a patriotic-themed mural, or simply write a heartfelt thank you to local veterans using sidewalk chalk.
🎸 Attend the Memorial Day concert
Annually, PBS presents a spectacular concert on the Sunday preceding Memorial Day. The 2023 event will showcase 90 minutes of live music, touching tributes, and other special moments. You can find out more about the National Memorial Day Concert here.
🌺 Create your own Memorial Day poppy
Red poppies serve as symbols of remembrance during Memorial Day, with the Friday before Memorial Day recognized as National Poppy Day. Instead of purchasing poppy pins from a store, you can craft your own using tissue paper and following online step-by-step guides.
✉️ Compose letters for soldiers and their families
For children, Memorial Day might seem like just another day off from school. To emphasize its deeper meaning, encourage them to write heartfelt notes to active American military personnel and veterans. After completing the letters, drop them off at any A Million Thanks collection point to ensure their secure and prompt delivery.
🥳 Participate in a Memorial Day parade
Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit by supporting your local marching band, veterans, and community organizations at a nearby parade. A quick Google search will help you locate the parade closest to your location.
Create your own St Pierre Memorial Day Decorations
“Add a special touch to your Memorial Day celebrations by downloading our exclusive, beautifully designed decorations!”
These eye-catching designs will help you create a patriotic atmosphere no matter where your Memorial Day celebrations are taking place to honor our fallen heroes.
Transform your backyard gathering or family picnic into a memorable event that pays tribute to the brave men and women who have served our nation. Our downloadable photo prop decorations are easy to use, can be printed out at home and suitable for any setting, ensuring your Memorial Day celebration is both stylish and meaningful. Print them out at home, cut them out and simply stick them to a wooden stick. This will give your guests the opportunity to have fun while celebrating Memorial Day in style.
Click the link below to access our collection of delightful Memorial Day decorations and bring a touch of patriotic pride to your festivities this year!