Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, but in light of the prevailing pandemic, things are going to feel a little different than usual.
Still, you shouldn’t let stay-at-home orders stop you from appreciating the long weekend or continuing your favorite traditions. Here are a few ways you can enjoy Memorial Day, even if you’re sheltering-in-place.
1. Make yourself a summery beverage
Not a cocktail person? No sweat! Summertime is officially rosé season, so it’s a great time to indulge in a glass of the blush wine. (Whispering Angel Rosé is a real crowd pleaser). Or stock up on White Claw hard seltzer for a crisp, bubbly treat.
2. Watch a summer movie
If you can’t leave the house, you can always escape through a summertime classic like Jaws, Dirty Dancing, or Do the Right Thing, or a more recent dog-day hit like Adventureland, The Way, Way Back, or Wet Hot American Summer.
3. Get outside!
Even if you live in a state where lockdown orders remain strict, you’re still allowed to stretch your legs in the great outdoors. Breathe in that fresh air and absorb the summer sun by taking a walk in your neighborhood. Some areas are even opening public beaches and parks over the weekend, but be certain to obey all local social-distancing regulations, and don’t forget to bring a mask with you just in case you encounter a crowd.
4. Warm up the barbecue
Nothing triggers summertime nostalgia quite like the taste of a grilled hotdog or hamburger. If you don’t have an outside area for barbecuing, you can always prepare your picnic indoors to recreate the summer tradition. Don’t forget the pasta salad and watermelon!
5. Remember the true meaning of Memorial Day
No, this year won’t be quite the same. But before you feel too bad about spending Memorial Day in quarantine, take a minute to remember the true meaning behind the national holiday. On this day, we are meant to honor the memory of those who have laid down their lives in service to the country. This year, as we honor the tens of thousands who have already perished from COVID-19 and the 1.5 million who have been stricken, there has never been a more important time to show gratitude to those who have served and are serving in uniform or in scrubs, in armored personnel carriers or delivery vans.