We've all been cooped up way too long and spring can't get here soon enough. The first official day of spring falls on Saturday, March 20.

The first thing I'm going to do is barbeque some chicken and steaks on the grill. I just want to be outside having some fun and waving goodbye to winter.

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What will you do to celebrate the arrival of spring?

There are two things my wife and I like to do once spring arrives. The first thing we do is have a family barbeque and the second thing we do is plan a weekend getaway to Traverse City.

What are some of the best ways to celebrate spring?

1. Go for a walk. My wife and I love going for walks especially once spring arrives. It's very enjoyable to take a walk throughout the neighborhood just to look for signs of spring. The biggest sign of spring, birds singing!

2. Start planning road trips. This is always fun to do because it gets you excited for spring and summer months. We all have our favorite spring destinations in Michigan and there's no better way to celebrate than hitting the open road.

3. Spring cleaning. Of course this takes a little bit of work but it helps by staying organized for the upcoming months. Open up a few windows, let the fresh air in and start throwing out things you don't need anymore, or donate items to goodwill.

4. Plan out your spring gardening projects. Last spring my wife and I dug out a fairly good size area for more plants, rocks, and a bird bath. This spring we're going to map out exactly how we want this new area to look. You can google ideas or just do it yourself.

It's time for everyone to get outside come spring and do things that bring you joy and happiness.

COVID-19 has taken it's toll on a lot of people and it's about time to leave it in the past, at least for now, and just focus on better days ahead for all Michiganders

Collegiateparent.com has some great ideas on how to celebrate the arrival of spring.

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