This federal holiday that *unofficially* marks the beginning of summer (#MDW), will definitely be a little different this year. Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day is to honor the lives of people who have fought in the Armed Forces.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is most likely that your local Memorial Day parade or annual fireworks are cancelled. However, The Bash is here to help you celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with friends and family while safely social distancing or celebrating via a virtual party.
Here are 5 tips to celebrate Memorial Day while social distancing.
Host a Backyard BBQ
Although it may be on a much smaller scale this year, you can still host your annual barbeque with family. Get the grill fired up, make some hot dogs and hamburgers, and deck out your house in red, white, and blue. If you host a small gathering, make sure to follow all best practices for social distancing—stay 6 feet apart, have everyone wash their hands, and use masks as needed. For food and drinks, we suggest potluck where guests bring individual servings of their dishes.
To enjoy a larger celebration, video chat family and friends to have an online barbeque together! If you are spending the day outside in your backyard or patio, follow these technical checks to make sure there are no internet related glitches during your virtual party.
Make a Playlist
To kick off this celebration you need to make a fun, patriotic playlist with all of the American classics. Include favorites like, “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen, “American Pie” by Don McLean, and “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus; for a selection that everyone can rock out to.
Here at The Bash, we have thousands of talented vendors waiting to book events with you. Our vendors are offering virtual services that make these exciting performances possible while maintaining social distancing. Having entertainment for your guests is the perfect way to make the holiday feel somewhat normal amidst the uncertainty during this time.
If live entertainment is more your speed rather than a playlist, check out all of the classic rock bands, DJs, or country bands featured on The Bash. Book a group today to perform via video chat or in-person while maintaining proper social distancing.
Keep the little ones at your small get-together entertained by booking child-friendly entertainment through The Bash. We have talented magicians and costumed characters offering virtual services, and even balloon twisters!
The Bash has a large selection of caricaturists and silhouette artists that are offering their talents online. When booking through our site, you can video chat the artist to create custom drawings during your call and have them sent to you afterwards. Some even send digital drawings.
Check out these talented vendors that offer virtual services for more online entertainment ideas.
Make Pinterest-Inspired Patriotic Food
Memorial Day means that summer is quickly approaching! In true picnic fashion, hot dog and hamburger favorites are a must. Set up a DIY bar, where guests can make their own plate, with sides split up into individual servings.
For dessert, put together a yummy treat including summer fruit and the colors of our flag. Strawberries, cherries, and blueberries are the perfect way to add a little American pride to your dessert. Put them on individual skewers to maintain social distancing rules.
Watch a Ceremony
With social distancing and being in quarantine for an extended period of time, many towns have decided to honor Memorial Day virtually. Tune into your local news network or to the President of the United State’s televised address to celebrate the meaning of this important holiday. Participate in the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 PM and give thanks to all of the soldiers that have fought for us. At the end of the night, you can stream fireworks displays from all over the country.
It is important—no matter how you are celebrating—to remember what this national holiday is all about. Fly the flag, honor those who have served, and stay safe while doing so. We must work together as a country to stop the spread of COVID-19 and transitioning celebrations to online events this year will help in doing so.
Read here for inspiration on turning any upcoming holiday or event into a virtual celebration.