37 Instagram pictures that show Memorial Day Weekend has brought Summer to Maine

When I was a kid, Memorial Day Weekend was the one that unofficially brought with it Summer. I was a Cub Scout when I was in elementary school and my Pack would adorn our Huffys with crepe paper streamers and ride in the local Memorial Day parade. After it’s arrival, every school day felt like a technicalityand Summer Vacation seemed as though it were in sight. Until, of course, I got to high school and anxieties about finals killed that youthful buzz.

Despite its somber originsit’s a day set aside for remembering people who died while serving in the armed forcesit is often the first weekend that gives the feeling that Summer is officially upon us. As such, I offer the following without trivializing the holiday. It is meant to be a day on which to reflect upon sacrifice. Every year you hear at least one person awkwardly trip over “Happy Memorial Day,” realizing midway through delivery that this is not an appropriate salutation. Memorial Day is about more than cookouts, ice cream, and salesit is a heavy concept—and it is somewhat awkwardly and ironically contrasted against the joy that accompanies the arrival of Summer.

And Maine-based Instagram accounts reflected the open arms with which we have welcomed this emergence. Pictures posted over the past 48 hours appear to illustrate the joy that Winter is beyond us and Summer is here. In somewhat typical New England fashion, it will soon be time to begin complaining about the heat rather than the cold.

We absorbed rays.

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We cheered indiscriminately. Or stretched? Or tried to catch a baseball? Or did the wave?

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We marveled at Munjoy Hill’s phallic skyline.

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We got matching tattoos.

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We [adorably] went to the prom!

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We laid about.

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We got soaked.

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We honored Maine’s state berry while taking the edge off.

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We took selfies on the water.

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We took selfies after piloting a plane.

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We took selfies on the beach.

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We posed on the beach.

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We proposed on the beach.

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We searched for the perfect book.

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We ate donuts.

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We floated upon donuts.

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We floated upon coozies.

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We danced. [via bill__x]

We endeavored on the water.

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We threw our friends into the water.

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We looked longingly at the water.

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We finally got that run in.

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We got the tractor out.

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We fed the chickens.

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We cut some wood.

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We wrote by a shed that almost looks like a set out of Murder She Wrote.

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We caught fish.

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We failed to catch fish.

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We fried fish.

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We ate pie.

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We took photos.

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We arrived at islands.

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We ate ice cream.

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We sat with friends and family by the fire.

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We rode Ferris wheels.

[via jesssmk]

We saw music.

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We watched the stars.

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Alex Steed

About Alex Steed

Alex Steed has written about and engaged in politics since he was an insufferable teenager. He has run for the Statehouse and produced a successful web series. He now runs a content firm called Knack Factory with two guys who are a lot more talented than himself.