5 Ways to Go Local for Memorial Day

Memorial Day (May 30, 2016) is a day of remembrance for those who dedicated their lives to the American military. As a thank you and out of respect for our service men and women many businesses give their employees a day off. Often, people take the three day weekend as an opportunity to relax, recharge, or get out of town. Make the most of your Memorial Day by keeping your dollars in the local economy to support local businesses and your community! When you choose a local business over a national chain, up to 4 times more money stays in the local economy to support strong, vibrant communities across the state.

Here are 5 quick tips to go local for your Memorial Day weekend:

1. Make it a Staycation

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Planning to get out of town during the long weekend? Arizona is home to many wondrous towns, monuments, and experiences stretching to every corner of this state. Check out our WeekendZona page for some unique day and weekend trip ideas to Bisbee, Tucson, Globe/Miami, Prescott, and the Verde Valley. You can also visit our online directory for a list of local B&Bs, hotels, and travel destinations.

2. Support Local Outside of Arizona

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If your Memorial Day plans do take you outside of Arizona's borders, do some research and support the independent businesses where you're visiting. Seek out locally owned hotels, restaurants, attractions, and more.

3. Go Local at the Grill

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Hosting a BBQ for Memorial Day? Head to your local farmers market or grocery store to pick up your burger ingredients! Good Food Finder AZ, the largest directory of agriculture and food producers in Arizona, can help you locate specific ingredients.

4. Drink Local

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SanTan Brewing Company's Mr. Pineapple, Photo via SanTan Brewing Company

Picking up a beverage for the Memorial Day picnic? Choose a local brew, many local breweries have great summer seasonals right now! If you're not a beer drinker, there's always Arizona wine!

5. Skip the Corporate Sale

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Memorial Day weekend is a popular time for big box sales. Most of the money you spend at these stores will end up leaving Arizona. Make your money work for you by skipping the sales and visiting a local business instead!