Memorial Day is one of the most important days on the American holiday calendar. It’s the start of summer, a time to spend with friends and family, and a day to enjoy the freedoms we have while remembering how we got them. And just like us regular folks, celebrities love to celebrate Memorial Day! Here are how some of your favorite stars celebrated this past holiday…
Rob Lowe and Chris Pratt
While it doesn’t look like Parks and Recreation will return anytime soon, fans of the hit sitcom at least know that the cast remains on good terms. Over Memorial Day weekend stars Rob Lowe and Chris Pratt got together to shoot a few rounds of golf.
And while a Park reboot seems unlikely, Lowe joked that he and Pratt should start a band together. “Excited to get this new album cover art from @prattprattpratt,” he wrote on Instagram. “Now all we need are songs and a band name. We will both be going off the grind for a while to figure it all out. Stand by…”
Actor John Krasinski did not forget the real reason for Memorial Day this past Monday. He, along with many other stars including Chris Pratt, did the “Murphy Challenge” this past weekend. The Murphy Challenge is a country-wide challenge to raise money for veterans every Memorial Day weekend. The challenge is a one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 pushups, 300 squats, and another one-mile run, all in a 20 lb. vest! The challenge is named after Lt. Michael P. Murphy, who lost his life in the line of duty.
However, Krasinski understood that not everyone could complete that kind of workout, especially in one go. “No matter where you are or what you’re doing, please take a moment out of your day Monday to pause and say thank you to the brave men and women who have laid down there lives for all of us,” he wrote on a video on Instagram.
Kelly Clarkson, Matt Damon, and Christian Bale
These are three celebrities that most don’t image hanging out together. However, Kelly Clarkson, Matt Damon, and Christian Bale had quite the Memorial Day together at the Indianapolis 500. For those not in the know, the Indianapolis 500 is one of the biggest races of the year, as well as the world’ oldest major car race! Bale and Damon were there to promote their new racing biopic, Ford v. Ferrari.
Meanwhile, Clarkson attended the Indy 500 to sing the national anthem. Afterward, however, Clarkson and Damon ended up spending most of the afternoon together. As she wrote on Instagram, “Finally met Matt Damon after sharing a mutual friend for years! Freddy, we finally met!”
And these weren’t the only ones hanging out at the Indy 500 over Memorial Day weekend. Singer Chevel Shepherd and gold medalist sprinter Justin Gatlin also showed up to the event!
As previously mentioned, Memorial Day is not just about summer and BBQs. It is also a day to remember those who have fallen while serving the United States military. Actress Glenn Close wanted to celebrate this part of Memorial Day. On Monday, Close posted the above picture of her father, a WWII veteran, along with a wonderfully written post about him and other family members who served. While it’s a little too long to post here, you should head over to her Instagram and take a look. “ I am deeply proud of their service and profoundly grateful for the freedoms that service has allowed us to exercise,” she said in the post.