90 Memorial Day Weekend Instagram Captions to Kick Off Summer and Honor Those Who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice

Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer—May 27, 2024—is finally here! It's a day to remember the sacrifices those who served in the military made for our freedoms, making it an occasion that's both somber and celebratory.

It's no wonder it can sometimes be hard to decide what to say beneath the photos on your feed. If you're having a hard time finding the right words, these Memorial Day Instagram captions can help you capture your memories, honor the troops and celebrate the start of summer.

90 Memorial Day Instagram Captions

“America, you great unfinished symphony, you sent for me. You let me make a difference. A place where even orphan immigrants can leave their fingerprints and rise up.” — Hamilton

"Oh beautiful, for spacious skies..."

"One nation, indivisible."

"Let freedom ring!"

"America is not just a country, it's an idea." — Bono



"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." — President John F. Kennedy

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

"Raise a glass to freedom, something they can never take away." — Hamilton

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"In the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it." — President Barack Obama

"We hold these truths to be self-evident..."

"God bless America, land that I love."

“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We fought for these ideals we shouldn't settle for less.” — Hamilton

"Our starry flag unfurled, the hope of all the world."

"My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty."

“Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility." — Eleanor Roosevelt

"You cannot separate peace and freedom. Because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom." — Malcolm X



"Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country." — President Calvin Coolidge

"Freedom lies in being bold." — Robert Frost

Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." — Mark Twain

Simply grateful.

Memorial Day Instagram Captions Honoring the Fallen and Those Who Serve

"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them." — President Franklin D. Roosevelt

All gave some. Some gave all.

"America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand." — President Harry S. Truman

Land of the free, because of the brave.

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" — Maya Angelou

Freedom isn't free.

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"Americans never quit. We never surrender. We never hide from history. We make history." — Sen. John McCain

Bravery never goes out of fashion.

"I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." — Nathan Hale

We don't know them all, but we owe them all.

"America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor." — Paul Tsongas

Song Lyric Instagram Captions for Memorial Day

Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” — Porgy & Bess

"So we raise her up every morning, take her down every night / We don't let her touch the ground, and we fold her up right / On second thought, I do like to brag / 'Cause I'm mighty proud of the ragged old flag." — Johnny Cash

I’m just like my country—I’m young, scrappy, and hungry, and I am not throwing away my shot.” — Hamilton

"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea / Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free." — Kate Smith

"American glory faded before." — Taylor Swift

This land was made for you and me.” — Woody Guthrie

"Watermelon sugar high." — Harry Styles

"I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free / And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me." — Lee Greenwood



"I am red and white and blue / These are colors that ring true." — Dolly Parton

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"Red, white, blue's in the skies, summer's in the air and baby, heaven's in your eyes." — Lana Del Rey

"Let us join our fellow man / History will write the story / America will always stand." Randy Travis

"Only in America / Where we dream in red, white and blue / Only in America / Where we dream as big as we want to." — Brooks & Dunn

"New York to East California, there's a new wave coming I warn you. We're the kids in America." — Kim Wilde

"Sunkissed skin so hot / You'll melt your popsicle." — Katy Perry

"Salute the ones who died / The ones that give their lives, so we don't have to sacrifice all the things we love." Zac Brown Band

"Yes, I do have questions / I get to ask them because I'm free / That's why I've got a sticker for the U.S. Marines / On the bumper of my SUV." Chely Wright

"Oh beautiful / For heroes proved in liberating strife / Who more than self, their country loved / And mercy more than life." Katharine Lee Bates

"Tonight I dare you to dream. Go on, believe impossible things. Whenever anybody says there's anything we can't do. I  mean after all, there's an American flag on the moon." Brad Paisley

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"I'm just a summer girl / I wear my flip-flops / And when I let my hair down / That's when the party starts." — Leighton Meester

"It's a party in the U.S.A.!— Miley Cyrus



Summer lovin', happened so fast!” — Grease

Oh, those summer nights!” — Grease

Summer, summer, summertime / Time to sit back and unwind.” — DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince

"It don't matter where I may roam / Tell you people that it's home sweet home / America, America." — Waylon Jennings

Memorial Day Instagram Captions About Barbecues, Swimming and Summertime

Burgers and brews for the red, white, and blue.

Sun's out, hamburger buns out!

Out of office.

Paradise found!

Chill out with your grill out.

All up in my grill!

Seas the day!

Summer begins now.

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Get your grill on.

Blue skies and sunshine.

Eat. Sleep. Beach. Repeat.

Grill baby grill!

Freedom tastes like charbroil.

Mermaid vibes!

This is my resting beach face.

Red, white, and brews.

Hot sun, cold beer, the gang's all here.

Sun's out, fun's out!

I like big buns and I cannot lie.

Pool szn.

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Shell yes!

Sparklers mean summer.

School’s out for summer!

Just keep swimming.

Summer state of mind.

Vacation mode: on

Beach, please!

Vacay all day!

Where there is a home, there is a barbecue.

Swimming into summer like…

Beach hair, don't care.

Life’s a beach!

I can sea clearly now.

Getting my vitamin sea.

Next, find out the history and true meaning of Memorial Day.