Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and for a lot of people, it’s a long weekend to unwind, relax, and have fun with family and friends. While we may still need to maintain social distance and keep ourselves, our families, and everyone safe, Memorial Day may look a little different this year. Here are a few ideas to help you celebrate while staying safe.
Memorial Day Party via Zoom
It’s not perfect, of course, but why not schedule a Zoom meeting with everyone who would normally attend your Memorial Day bash? If you’re usually a guest, mention it to the usual host. Everyone can do their own barbecue, grill, or food thing, but you’ll be doing it together. Which, of course, is the entire point.
Have a Cookout at Home
For those who usually find a friend’s party to crash or head to the beach, you may be at home this weekend. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Order grocery delivery and get as many cookout supplies as possible — burgers, chicken, chips, the works. Start the day with your favorite beverage, maybe a mimosa, and spend it with your family out in the sunshine in your own backyard.
Play in the Sprinklers
Do you usually take your kids to the beach or pool over Memorial Day weekend? It’s tough having to disappoint them, but there are alternatives. If you have oscillating sprinklers or even an irrigation system in your home, let them run through the water — like you did when you were a kid. Note: This is only a good idea if your home doesn’t use reclaimed water to irrigate. Let them put on their suits and run through the grass. They’ll use up some energy and have a good time.
Run Your Memorial Day 5K Alone
If you usually sign up for a Memorial Day race, you can still run it. Map a route through your neighborhood — as long as you can maintain social distancing guidelines. If not, figure out how big your backyard (or front yard) is and run until you hit the 5K mark. You can set a goal with your family and friends, ask them to donate to worthy causes (since most 5K races are for charity), and reward yourself with a beer and barbecue when you’re done.
Celebrate Virtually with the American Legion
For those who typically spend part of Memorial Day remembering the soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom, the parades and ceremonies will likely be canceled. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up this time-honored tradition. The American Legion is celebrating virtually through Memorial Day weekend. They’ll remember our lost and fallen soldiers on their social media platforms. Check out their website and follow them on Facebook and other platforms to commemorate the day with them.
We can still have fun and do what matters to us under social distancing guidelines. We just have to think creatively and be aware of other people around us. There are plenty of ways to enjoy Memorial Day weekend this year and kick off summer! From Charlotte Insurance, we wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day.