Summer is here! Kids are about to be done with school and the temperature is rising. Memorial Day is the unofficial first day of summer and here are some great ways to celebrate the holiday.

• Take a dive into the community pools to cool off. While several pools in The Woodlands Township have been open on the weekends and a few during the week in May, on Memorial Day all pools will be open from 12pm to 6pm. This includes the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center and the neighborhood pools. For further details on getting a pool pass and the complete summer pool schedule, visit

• The Woodlands annual Sunday Memorial Day celebration is this Sunday, May 28, at Town Green Park on Lake Robbins Drive. This fun, family festival is perfect for starting your summer off with a bang – fireworks will wrap up the evening after you enjoy a live band and keynote speaker paying tribute to America’s service men and women.

• Get your muscle on at the Lift Strong Run Fast Memorial Day Challenge Event. Participants will compete in three rounds of fitness activities (either individually or on a team) and then celebrate with a potluck lunch. Awards for top three finishers in men’s, women’s and team categories will be given. Come to cheer on the competitors or sign up to test yourself!

• Grab your neighbors and have a good ‘ol fashioned backyard barbeque. Grill up some burgers, hot dogs, or chicken wings and relax in the shade while the kids run and play. Set up a game of cornhole, a piñata (we ARE in Texas!), or the sprinkler if you don’t have a backyard pool to jump in.

• Honor our military veterans and fallen heroes. Memorial Day is a time to express gratitude to those who have served in our nation’s armed forces, so bake up a batch of cookies or cupcakes, grab some little American flags, and head over to the American Legion in Spring, the VA Outpatient clinic in Tomball or Conroe, or to the VA Memorial Hospital in The Woodlands. Spread some good cheer, thank a service member, and take a moment to reflect on our freedom.