Memorial Day is always a complex holiday. On the one hand we honor our fallen servicemen and women, and on the other we celebrate the very life and liberty they died protecting with parades, picnics and BBQs. This year, the Coronavirus Pandemic is going to complicate things even further. But don’t worry, we’ve got some great ideas for social distancing friendly Memorial Day activities.

Commemorate your fallen loved one with slideshow

This year getting to the cemetery in order to pay your respects to a fallen friend or family member is going to be especially difficult due to social distancing measures as well as travel restrictions.
But there is a different way in which to show your love and appreciation without having to leave your home – do it by creating a memorial slideshow.

Simply pick one of our elegant, patriotic designs, choose the best photos you have and add the appropriate music – either by choosing from our huge library, or by uploading your own.

Then simply share the slideshow via email or on social media, so everybody can learn about the great sacrifice that your loved one has made so that we all can be free and safe.

Memorial Day and Social Distancing

Send Thank-You Letters and Care Packages to Military Personnel on Active Duty

This is a great activity to do with your kids! Put together care packages for the brave men and women defending our country at home and abroad – and send them through operationgratitude.com. You can also write thank-you letters to our troops and mail your letters with amillionthanks.org!
Or if you want to go green and save paper – choose from our selection of patriotic ecards, slideshows and collages.

Memorial Day During Social Distancing

Virtual Memorial Day BBQ or picnic with Smilebox LIVE

Memorial Day is not all somber, it is also the unofficial first day of summer and a favorite occasion for outdoor activities like BBQs and picnics. This year those types of events will be harder to organize and attend. Some parks are shut down and crowded events are discouraged, restricted or forbidden altogether.

We’ve all adapted to meet our colleagues, our teachers and our family online through video conferencing – why not do the same with our friends?
Simply pick one of the designs we’ve created especially for virtual Memorial Day events, customize to fit your personal style, and send it to your guests!

A Smilebox LIVE event will be automatically generated.
Simply have everyone decorate their homes with red, white and blue.
Have them prepare their own food and drinks according to your suggested menu and recipes and have fun together, each of you from the comfort and safety of your own home.

What to Do on Memorial Day While Stuck at Home

Spend the Weekend Consuming Patriotic Content

Take your pick from patriotic, military-themed films and television shows on television, and don’t miss the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS. You can even go on a virtual tour of the White House!

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