While Memorial Day weekend is usually filled with barbeques, parades and summer cocktails, this year will look a little different. Whether you are planning to honor military personnel or celebrating the unofficial start of summer this weekend or both, there are plenty of ways you can get in the Memorial Day spirit at home.
Nothing says summer like a cool, refreshing cocktail by the pool. While you won’t be able to lounge poolside at your favourite resorts and hotels this Memorial Day, you can make some of their classic cocktails at home. Try Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya’s Red, White & Blue Cocktail for a patriotic and fruity drink made with coconut cream, vodka, blue curacao liquor and raspberry and strawberry puree. Six Senses Bhutan’s Sunset Pomegranate Martini is also a great option for a pomegranate and Cointreau twist on a vodka martini. If you want to soak in all the island vibes try Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa’s signature frozen cocktail, Pele’s Lava Flow, made with rum, banana, coconut cream and strawberries.
To really transport yourself to a beachy paradise, virtually travel to Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia with this 360-degree video. For a more botanical view, check out Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s virtual visits where you can explore more than a dozen themed gardens. Bonus: they offer tips about at-home gardening so you can update your outdoor space.
If you are a Memorial Day parade-goer, you can virtually partake in the National Memorial Day Parade’s pre-recorded television special airing nationwide on Monday. Another can’t-miss event to stream on Monday is the National Memorial Day Concert, which is normally held on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This year however, you can watch from your couch as the concert will be aired on PBS and available to stream via their website.
Food is often big part of coming together with friends, family or colleagues. Just because you won’t be physically with other people, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy traditional Memorial Day grub. Why not bake an apple pie (and maybe an extra for a loved one) and indulge in the most quintessential American dessert. This weekend is also a great time to fire up the grill for summer cooking. Make burgers and hot dogs or connect with friends or colleagues to share favorite recipes and have a virtual potluck.
In between all that eating and drinking, why step it up for a good cause this Memorial Day weekend? Join the Memorial Day Virtual Flag 5k and run or walk 5k anywhere, anytime on Monday to salute national heroes and support frontline workers in New York City. Register for the event on Eventbrite and invite your friends, colleagues or clients to join you virtually. An active, charitable event is a great way to stay connected with friends, or build camaraderie and motivation with colleagues.