Memorial Day is one of those holidays that can be easily celebrated during this quarantine. It’s a holiday that we can spend at home with our families and not feel like we’re missing out on anything. While there are many usual things that we all are used to doing on this special day, we can also spice things up a bit with new activities. We have listed some fun and thoughtful things you can do with the whole family and have a successful celebration.
Memorial Day is all about patriotism and we try to keep the theme of white, red and blue in everything we do that day. Making some DIY decorations with kids is no exception. So get your kids involved in some easy-to-DIY decorations. You can even go as far as decorating your entire house, why not? And then remember to hold onto them for your Fourth of July festivities so these decorations won’t go to waste.
- Watch a patriotic movie
Although the events for this year’s Memorial Day are cancelled we can still keep the spirits up and watch a patriotic movie. Honour the sacrifices that these brave men and women continue to make, consider watching an action-packed yet heartbreaking movies like Black Hawk Down or The Hurt Locker. You can even set up a movie theatre in your garden and spend the night watching your favourite family-friendly classics. The kids will enjoy this more than anything, especially if you add a promise of sleeping in the camping tent.
- Send a care package
Now more than ever, people need to take care of others and send them help in times of need. Honour the deeds of active duty service members and veterans by sending them anything that you can and you think they are in need of. Maybe you know an old veteran who is living alone or a family of a veteran. This is the time we need to be of service to them. So get the whole family involved and see what everyone can contribute to this care package.
- Teach your kids how to fly the flag
It’s very important for children to understand the symbol of flying the flag on Memorial Day. Explain to them that you are going to fly the flag at half-mast, which is a position reserved for when the country is in mourning, until noon, before raising it to full mast for the remainder of Memorial Day. You can also involve them by practising the Pledge of Allegiance and talking about what the words really mean.
- BBQ in the garden
You might not be able to invite relatives and friends this year but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a full-on BBQ party with your family. Clean up the old grill, set up your outdoor chairs, put some patriotic music on, get the cocktail shaker out and enjoy the day outside. And if you are struggling with the recipe, you can read our blog about BBQ Recipes For Memorial Day.
In Conclusion: Plans are a great thing to have for a holiday like this but don't put too much pressure on yourself. These are strange and uncertain times, so if you want to just sit and watch TV all day, that is fine too. Just do what makes you forget about everything going on.