Wanting to celebrate Memorial Day this year without traveling? We’ve compiled a list of special activities to ensure you and your household can turn the holiday into a memorable staycation!

Here are ways to turn your long weekend into more than just a streaming movie marathon and find meaningful connections with each other.

  1. Thank a veteran: First celebrated to mark the deaths of soldiers in the Civil War, Memorial Day became a federal holiday to commemorate the sacrifices of all Americans fallen in war. If you have an active or retired member of the military in your life, there’s no better time to pick up the phone or hop on a virtual call and thank your honored veteran for their service. You can also send cards or short videos to your local veteran’s home or hospital to brighten their day.
  2. Video Chat with the family: Hop on a video chat with the family for the day. Update the family on how everything has been and talk about your plans to make a delicious meal for the night. Try to have a video chat while cooking or eating to set in that family holiday celebration. 
  3. Bring on the barbecue: Whether it’s hot dogs or burgers, smoked brisket or ribeye, salmon or portobello mushrooms, it’s tradition to up your grill game for Memorial Day and enjoy a family feast. Don’t be afraid to get experimental and find different side-dishes, desserts, and celebratory-beverages.
  4. Check out virtual museum exhibits: 
    • The iconic British Museum located in London is allowing virtual tours of the Great Court, the Egyptian mummies, and the ancient Rosetta Stone. There are hundreds of artifacts for you to explore in the museum’s virtual tour.
    • Guggenheim Museum in New York is using Google’s Street View feature to let its visitors tour it’s famous spiral staircase without leaving home. Furthermore, you can discover the incredible works of art in this museum, such as the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Modern, and Contemporary eras.
    • The famous American National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., features two online exhibits. One of the exhibits Is a collection of works from the Dutch Baroque painter Johannes Vermeer. The second is an exhibit of American fashion from 1740 to 1895. This online exhibit done through Google has many renderings of clothes from the colonial and Revolutionary eras.
    • You can virtually walk through the Musée d’Orsay museum in Paris. This popular museum houses dozens of iconic works of art from French artists. These French artists lived and worked between 1848 and 1914.
    • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, also known as one of Korea’s famous museums, will be available to explore through Google’s virtual tour. The tour can be accessed from anywhere and takes you through six floors of Contemporary art from Korea and all over the globe.
    • As one of Germany’s most significant museums, the Pergamon Museum in Berlin has a lot to offer. This historical museum has tons of ancient artifacts, including the Pergamon Altar and the Ishtar Gate of Babylon.
    • Explore the masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age with the Rijks museum in Amsterdam. These masterworks include works from Vermeer and Rembrandt. Street View tour of this iconic museum is offered through Google.
    • Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is a perfect tour for anyone who is a fan of this tragic, ingenious painter. You will be able to see his works up close by virtually visiting this museum. The tour will include some of the most extensive collection of artworks by Vincent van Gogh. It consists of 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and over 750 personal letters.
    • A vast collection of European artworks from as far back as the 8th Century can be found in the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California. The tour allows you to explore this vast collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures, manuscripts, and photographs.
    • Uffizi Gallery, Florence – This less well-known gallery houses the art collection of one of Florence, Italy’s most famous families, the de’Medicis. Giorgio Vasari designed the building in 1560 specifically for Cosimo I de’Medici, but anyone can wander its halls from anywhere in the world.
    • The Museu de Arte de São Paulo in São Paulo is Brazil’s first modern and non-profit museum. Take a virtual tour to experience the mesmerizing display for yourself. The artworks are placed on clear perspex frames to make it seem like the artwork is hovering in midair.
    • Built-in 1964, the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City is dedicated to the archaeology and history of Mexico’s pre-Hispanic heritage. There are 23 exhibit rooms filled with ancient artifacts, including some from the Mayan civilization.

If you’re looking for additional ways to celebrate this holiday while at home, reach out to Medicare Pathways. We’re not just insurance agents, we’re your trusted source for all things related to keeping you healthy!