When we think of Memorial Day weekend, it’s usually all things summer: beach weekends, backyard BBQ’s, and rooftop drinks with friends. This year though, summer’s unofficial kickoff weekend looks a little different. With much of the country still under some kind of social-distancing mandate, those beach weekends and backyard BBQ’s seem woefully out of reach… Which is why we’ve put together a 5 Socially Distanced Memorial Day Plans that are just as fun as a group BBQ. Promise.
1. Lawn Party
No pool? No problem! Grab your plushest beach blankets, a tray of snacks, some pool floats (check out this set if you want to SuperHost and gift everyone their own), and spread out in the backyard. Place snacks and drinks in the center, and have everyone set up around it in a circle 6ft. apart. The perfect Memorial Day plan for social distancing.
Depending on your area, some states and counties have begun opening up parks for summer recreational activities. After being cooped up indoors for the past few months, what better way to spend Memorial Day than a little overnight trip in nature? Just be sure to call the ranger station in advance to make sure you comply with any new rules related to the pandemic.
And for those of you who want to enjoy nature without 'roughing it', there’s glamping. One of our favorite ways to camp in style is to use Hipcamp - it’s like AirBnB for private campgrounds. Like we mentioned above for public camping, just be sure to call ahead and get any social distancing rules squared away.
4. Bar Crawl (To-Go)
For those of you missing more rambunctious weekend festivities, we’ve got just the thing. Map out your favorite bars in the neighborhood that are offering drinks to-go. Each member of your quarantine crew goes to a different spot, picking up drinks for the group and perhaps a favorite appetizer from the restaurant (don’t forget to tip!).
Stock your fridge with the goods, blow up a few pool floats for socially-distanced seating (our Cassette Floats work well for this) and enjoy responsibly! If you’re lucky enough to have outdoor space, even better.
5. Bring Your Vacation Destination Home
The global pandemic has caused a lot of travel stress and confusion. Whether you’ve cancelled plans or avoided making them altogether, let’s try to put a positive spin on it, shall we?
Take advantage of your three-day weekend to plan a little at-home adventure. Trip to Italy cancelled? Break out that limoncello and try your hand at homemade pasta (or order takeout from your fave spot in Little Italy). Rethinking your weekend at the Jersey Shore? Blow up a couple pool floats (try these), put on some party music, and mix up a pitcher of Long Island Iced Teas… Just don’t hold us responsible for any fist-pumping.
And if you’re just looking to relax and enjoy the long weekend, take a peek at this blog post for tips on how to make the most of it.