Memorial Day weekend is typically filled with family, friends, and neighborhood gatherings. Pools open and grocery stores are generally packed as people plan for their outdoor BBQ’s which include a mix of good food and maybe a couple of cocktails. For a lot of people throughout the country, this Memorial Day might not be what we’re used to. Whether you’re social distancing, sheltering-in-place, or have less restrictions, here are some tips for celebrating Memorial Day in 2020.
Social-Distancing Restrictions Lifted? Celebrate together with a budget-friendly menu.
If your state has lifted or reduced COVID-19 social distancing and/or shelter-in-place measures, this could be the perfect time to reunite with family and friends. But hosting a BBQ can make your grocery bill go sky-high. To make this Memorial Day the best one yet, consider these cost-effective ideas:
- Get an accurate headcount before the party. Knowing who will be attending can help to eliminate frustration and food waste.
- Throw a potluck! Invite your friends and family to chip in and bring a dish to share. If everyone plans, you can avoid having duplicate dishes!
- Skip the soda and use large pitchers for beverages like water, iced tea and lemonade instead. You’ll save on the cost of bottles, cans and cups (plus you’ll do the environment some good, too!)
- Embrace veggies instead of meat and take your grilling to the next level. Vegetables cost substantially less than burgers, hot dogs, chicken and beef. Get creative with vegetarian options. Portobello mushroom burgers are all the rage.
Sheltered-in-place this Memorial Day? You can still make it special.
If you’re still under social distancing restrictions, celebrating might look different, but you don’t have to miss out on the fun. Celebrate the best way you can with these ideas:
- Prepare your favorite foods- whether it’s a cookout for one or ten- good food has a way of turning an ordinary day into a celebration.
- What’s more patriotic than an American flag? If you happen to have one, Memorial Day is the perfect time to put it up. But you don’t need a flag to celebrate. Find decorations and décor that you already have at home and decorate with red, white and blue. Need inspiration? Check out some cool ideas here.
- Make your own Memorial Day drawings and place them in your window for passerby’s to see (a great project for kids too!)
- Schedule time to connect with your family and friends virtually. (If you need help with that, be sure to check out our blog.)
Take time to remember why we celebrate Memorial Day
While Memorial Day has become a fun event for most of us, it’s important to remember what it’s really about- honoring the military service members who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Consider donating to Fallenpatriots.org, which uses donations to help children of fallen service members pay for college. Or, do a little research this Memorial Day to find and donate to a similar organization of your choice. May we never forget that our freedom isn’t free. Have a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day.