These days it’s better to stay home than to go out, especially if you have nothing particularly important to do. Memorial Day, once upon a time called Decoration Day, is an important holiday but you and your family’s safety is what really matters. That doesn’t mean you should not celebrate Memorial Day, though.
Now don’t kick yourself for not planning things days beforehand. It’s completely understandable if your mind is in disarray these days. You can still have a post-Memorial Day celebration at home. It’s not important to celebrate the holiday on the day itself. What’s important is that you honor the men and women who fought for the United States.
Decorate Your Place
You don’t need to host a Memorial Day party just to have a reason to decorate your home. Show the men and women who have served some love by peppering your home with patriotic decors.
The most obvious and simplest choice is to display the American flag on your porch. Annin Flagmakers has been making American flags since 1847. They lay claim to making some of the most historic American flags ever including the one raised in Iwo Jima, the flag draped over Abraham Lincoln’s casket, and the one on the moon.
If you prefer something livelier, the 29-piece Fourth of July Patriotic Decorations Set from JollyLife should bring some life to your stay-at-home Memorial Day party. The set includes paper fans and pompoms, hanging swirls, a star banner, a pack of stars, and an American flag banner. They all come in red, white, and blue colors. The good thing about this set is that you can use it for other occasions such as the Fourth of July, Veteran’s Day, and political events.
Show your love of country and appreciation for the people who defend it all year round by lighting up your American Flag Lights every night. The 420 red, white and blue LED lights are arranged to look like the American flag, especially when lit up. It’s waterproof so you can place it outdoors and remind passers-by of the sacrifices of many just to hoist the American flag proudly.
Wear Something Patriotic
The Light Up Uncle Sam Hat from Funny Party Hats Store will help keep things light while you’re all stuck at home doing your best to celebrate Memorial Day. It’s adorned with blinking red star-shaped lights that’ll definitely keep the party going until evening.
Let your dog join in the fun. Get your furry friend a patriotic dog bandana. He’s no Sergeant Stubby but your pet can certainly look the part with an Odi Style American Flag Dog Bandana.
Watch A Parade Online
Americans often think of parades when they hear of Memorial Day. Unfortunately, such mass gatherings are not recommended right now. You’re also better off celebrating Memorial Day at home.
You can still watch a parade, though. Some places in the country have chosen the safer route by holding a virtual Memorial Day parade. Check out if your town or city has its own virtual Memorial Day parade. If not, you can surely find one online.
Watch the National Memorial Day Concert
This year’s version of the National Memorial Day Concert was aired by PBS on May 24, the eve of the popular holiday. Like other shows or events held during the pandemic, some of the performers did their thing from the comforts of their own home or some place far from other people. Thank you technology indeed.
The concert was hosted by actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna and featured singers Trace Adkins, Cynthia Erivo, CeCe Winans, and Renee Fleming. Actors Kelli O’Hara, Mary McCormack and Laurence Fishburne, General Colin Powell, General Mark Milley, and surviving members of the famed Tuskegee Airmen also graced the event. A host of personalities also shared their thoughts and thank you messages to the men and women who have lost life and limb protecting the country.
Enjoy A Bottle
Memorial Day coincides with National Wine Day. There’s no rule that says you can’t celebrate two occasions at the same time. If you’re looking for a reason to pop that bottle, this is it.
Use your US flag-inspired glasses to enjoy your wine or any drink, for that matter. The Gold Armour Stainless Steel Wine Glass Tumbler Set comes with two 12-ounce double wall vacuum insulated glasses made of durable 304 18/8 food grade stainless steel. The BPA-free, rust-proof, and sweat-free tumblers keep cold drinks cold for 9 hours. Coffee and other hot drinks stay hot for up to 3 hours. Each one also has a lid to keep you from spilling your precious wine.
Post-Memorial Day Feast
Nothing brings the family together like good food. Celebrate Memorial Day by preparing and enjoying your feast at home.
Set Things Up
If you have a large enough yard, you can hold your post-Memorial Day feast outside. You’ll need tables and chairs. Cover your table with an American Flag Tablecloth from Blue Panda Store. It’s made of durable plastic so you don’t have to worry about food stains. You can wrap the chairs with red, white and blue bows, too.
An outdoor barbecue would be fun. You’ll need a grill for this. If you don’t have a huge backyard grill, you can still cook outdoors with the help of a solar oven. The GoSun Solar Kitchen comes complete with the Fusion Hybrid Oven, Chill Solar Cooler, and the SolarTable 60.
The GoSun Fusion can cook using electricity and solar power, thus the “hybrid” moniker. The Solar Cooler, meanwhile, will keep your drinks cold even without ice. The SolarTable 60 is a a solar charger that doubles as a table. The set includes the PowerBank+ that you can charge via the SolarTable and use later to charge your phone and other small devices.
Memorial Day Barbecue
Having a backyard barbecue is a surfeire way to bring out the smiles in everyone. The past few months have been stressful and we all need something to be happy about. That glorious slab of meat cooking on your grill will surely do the trick.
How about a piece of boneless Ribeye steak for each one? Snake River Farms is offering its USDA Prime Boneless Ribeye for a limited time so might as well take advantage while it’s still available. Each piece of Traditional Ribeye weighs 14 ounces and wet-aged for at least 21 days.
If you prefer burgers, get yourself some USDA Prime Ground Beef, also from Snake River Farms. Each one pound order of this premium ground Northwest beef comes in an easy-t-store brick pack. You don’t have to put anything on your burger patties since the beef itself is flavorful. Of course, you can do anything you want with it since it’s your post-Memorial Day celebration and not ours.
There are plenty of ways you can hold a memorable post-Memorial Day celebration. Aside from the decorations, costumes, and food, you can also come up with activities that’ll be fun for everyone, especially for the kids. Most importantly, though, you should take the time to salute all the soldiers who gave their lives to protect the United States. Check out Gentleman Pirate Club for more tips on how to celebrate Memorial Day and other special events at home while the coronavirus pandemic is still making people’s lives miserable.