Happy Memorial Day: Things I Hate About Summer Holidays


You heard me! I’m gonna write about things I DON’T like! Everyone writes about things they love, right?! Well damn it, I’m gonna be different. It’s Memorial Day weekend and (as usual) the Hubs and I are working. That honestly doesn’t bother me, because Memorial Day was never a huge holiday for me growing up and the Hubs is Canadian. So there. But there are several things I have always disliked about summer holidays (they all seem the same sometimes, don’t they) and I will list them here:


Shore Traffic

I live in southern New Jersey about 15 minutes east of Philadelphia, so more than an hour from the ocean. New Jerseyans lovingly call the beach areas “the shore”, and we’ve got some of the best in the country. People come from other COUNTRIES to roast themselves on our white sand beaches. It’s flippin’ NICE here, haters! Even so, I’m very glad I don’t work in Philadelphia, because it’d probably be faster to walk than to drive home with all the shore traffic.


Go home, New Yorkers! Source.

Mayonnaise-y Salads


You can have mine, thanks. Mayonnaise on cold starches in 90 degree heat? (Okay, to be fair, I won’t eat macaroni salad, potato salad or coleslaw pretty much ever. Not a fan.) Is there a quicker route to a sour stomach than these foods? Plus not terribly healthy, are they? Now if you look at my Instagram you will see I made a potato salad just the other day. A WARM potato salad dressed in BALSAMIC and MUSTARD. But cold potatoes? Keep em! And don’t even ASK if I would like some cole slaw. I don’t. But thanks anyway.


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I’m not talking about amazingly beautiful fireworks displays. I have incredibly fond memories of lying in the back of a Datsun Z with another kid while my dad and his girlfriend sat in the only two seats of the car as we watched a stunning fireworks display perfectly timed to the 1812 Overture. I’m talking about those little crappy firecrackers that aren’t pretty but everyone loves because they’re illegal and make loud noises. Firecrackers keep me from falling asleep and scare the crap out of my dog. They cause people to blow off fingers and cause house fires.

Image Credit: Saad Faruque

I’m not trying to diminish the importance of any of the summer holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day), trust me. These are important holidays for a lot of Americans. I’d just like to get back to the heart of the matter here, and maybe ask that we skip the mayo.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day!



6 thoughts on “Happy Memorial Day: Things I Hate About Summer Holidays”

  1. And rain. You forgot rain. It seems to frequently rain on one of these outdoor holidays, making deciding
    where to set the table a last minute thing. But then, even for those not having to work, a day tucked in with
    a book listening to the rain can be a good thing. (I’ll just remember to hold the mayo on your sandwich!)

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  2. My absolute favorite thing to do on Independence Day (July 4th), is to stay inside and watch all of the fireworks on tv in the air conditioned comfort of my living room with a cold glass of wine in hand! Best ever fireworks was a Macy’s on the East River from a penthouse patio (friend of a friend). You could smell the sulfur, and the fireworks were so close it felt like you could reach out and touch them!! Amazing! Can’t be replicated though, so content with the tv!

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  3. Fireworks BLOW! I thought I was the only ones that hated those damn firecrackers and rinky popp-y things, ugh~! I do like the pretty displays in the sky that the city puts on, like you do. I do love mayo salads though. I don’t know why? I was pretty much raised on them, but if you think about the cold, creamy, concept, I “get” that it’s kinda gross!

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