Typically, Memorial Day acknowledges those who’ve protected and fought for our country and kicks off summer. However, this year we will need to practice social distancing due to the coronavirus.
Nonetheless, you, your friends, and family can celebrate Memorial Day and have a great time. Here are just a few suggestions to help you get the most out of Memorial Day 2020.
Honor Our Veterans
The traditional National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. has been canceled due to the virus. However, the American Veterans Center will televise a pre-recorded special entitled “The National Memorial Day Parade: America Stands Tall.”
Check your local listings. The event will be broadcast on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox television networks nationwide.
Watch the Virtual Memorial Day Concert
The National Memorial Day Concert on May 24th has moved off the lawn and into cyberspace this year. The PBS concert hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will feature a star-studded lineup of entertainment as well as tributes to veterans and frontline workers. Tune in to PBS at 8 p.m. EST or stream on Facebook or YouTube.
Participate in a Virtual Road Race of 5K
Participants in a virtual race do the entire course on their own. Just pick your event and run or walk it at your own pace. You can find events for all ages and all skill levels. Many virtual run events are also associated with charities.
Check the Virtual Run Challenge website for an event that interests you. If you complete your run, you’re awarded a medal for participation. They also post the results if you’ve got a competitive nature, but these races are more about participation.
Camp Out in Your Backyard
Rhode Island parks aren’t open for camping yet, but you can always pitch your tent in the yard. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and spend quality time with your partner or family.
If you can’t have a campfire, you can pop into the house to make S’mores. Brew hot chocolate, pop some corn, play cards, and tell ghost stories. All the fun of camping with the added comforts of home!
Barbecue at a Distance
You can fire up the grill and have a small barbecue, providing everyone practices social distancing. Set up a buffet table so people can get their food one person at a time. Space lawn chairs at least six feet apart from each other in a circle. It may not be ideal, but it’s all about spending time with the people you love.
Enjoy a Virtual Exhibit
Galleries and museums might be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tune into what’s going on in Rhode Island. Check out one of these virtual art, history, nature, or theater events as well as interactive activities for children.
Visit a Park
Many Rhode Island state parks have reopened for day use. However parking is limited and some parks may close earlier than normal, too.
Beaches and many washrooms are closed, but some facilities have port-a-johns. Some boat launches are open, but check the Rhode Island State Parks website before you go. Visit early in the morning to avoid crowds and be sure to bring plenty of hygiene supplies.