How to have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend for your community
Memorial Day weekend is a staple in American culture, not only as a way to honor the memories of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, but also to spend time with those we hold most near and dear.
Traditionally, most families spend the weekend grilling out for block parties or soaking in the sun at the neighborhood pool. However, due to safety concerns associated with the pandemic, many home owner's associations or condominium communities are struggling to find safe ways to keep the community spirit alive, particularly when many still have their pools closed.
Although it may look a little different this year, there's no reason communities can't have safe celebrations. So check out these ideas for spending a safe Memorial Day weekend with your family and friends, just remember to check your area's local guidelines before you do.
Have a mini cookout
Block parties may be a no-go, but that doesn't mean residents can't still enjoy a grilled hot dog or juicy burger. Don't forget the red, white and blue dessert.
Rather than inviting the whole neighborhood, encourage homeowners to extend invitations to people in their bubble. Make sure to encourage face masks unless everyone in their small group has been fully vaccinated.
Get in the gaming spirit
Ask residents to set up lawn games such as horseshoes or corn hole in their front yards instead of the back. Then they can even start competitions with other small parties from across the street. Keep a community-wide tally and offer a small reward to the winner.
Paint the community red
Don't forget about the decorations. Have a community-wide decoration party where homeowners are encouraged to decorate their homes or front doors with a patriotic theme.
Let the kids' imagination run wild with sidewalk chalk decoration competition. Again, offer some incentive for participation.
Have a movie marathon
To keep your party a little more low-key, try watching some Memorial Day flicks. Some popular Memorial Day movies include "Glory," "Saving Private Ryan" and "Crimson Tide." For a more lighthearted film, try "M*A*S*H."
For bonus fun, set up an old sheet and projector in an open space. Section off parts of the grass six feet away from each other. Then let your residents grab the popcorn and a cozy blanket and settle in for a good evening.
Learn about the reality of service in the military
Have a moment of silence
The main purpose of Memorial Day is to remember those who have fallen to protect the country. Having a moment of silence is a simple, but powerful tradition.
Ask residents to step outside in their driveways at a certain time to observe a moment of silence together. It's a simple way to acknowledge the many sacrifices made.
Traditionally, the National Moment of Remembrance takes place on Memorial Day at 3 p.m. local time.
Make a donation
It has been a year of financial hardships for many, but Memorial Day is a great time to contribute to a military organization. There are a variety of great organizations to choose from that honor the fallen while supporting veterans and current military members.
For example, Operation Finally Home and Homes For Our Troops provide a home to military heroes and their spouses. The Honor Flight Network transports veterans to Washington, D.C., to reflect at the various war memorials. Southeastern Guide Dogs pairs veterans in need with service and therapy dogs for free.
Choose one or two that are close to your residents' hearts and take up a collection.
Create your own parade
Many town and city parades are canceled, but that doesn't mean your community can't celebrate. Encourage your residents to deck out their cars and then organize a driving parade where everyone can remain distanced inside their car.
Those not driving in the parade can sit on their driveway or patio and enjoy the view. You can even offer a live stream to those who don't want to or can't come outside.
If you need help creating the lifestyle that your association deserves, contact us today. Our highly-dedicated staff will be happy to help.