It’s that time of year again! Pools are opening, meters are going up at the boardwalk, seasonal businesses are opening their doors, and we’re officially kickstarting tourist season on Delmarva. According to AAA, more than 42 million Americans are expected to travel for Memorial Day. That’s the highest volume in over 10 years!
On one hand, local businesses thrive during the holiday weekends, but for residents, that means we need to adjust to the high volume of traffic on our roads. So how does one go about enjoying Memorial Day Weekend without spending hours and hours in traffic? There are more ways to celebrate than the traditional trip to the beach. Check out these alternatives to keep your sanity intact this weekend.
Have a backyard barbecue or party. You don’t even have to leave the house to celebrate. Weather permitting, you can make an entire day out of a nice family gathering. Pick up some local produce, fire up the grill, and show off the results of all that spring cleaning and gardening you’ve been doing!
Rain date. If the weather decides to rain on your parade, bring the party indoors. Get out the card and board games and plan plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied. As long as you’re together and surrounded by good people, it won’t matter whether you’re indoors or outside.
Visit the farm. Head out to your nearest u-pick farm or farmers market to get some delicious fresh strawberries for your barbecue or party. This is a great outing for families with young children. You can practice numbers while picking strawberries, educate them on how strawberries grow, and come home and bake up your strawberries into a delicious treat to share with the whole family.
Go off the beaten path. You don’t have to brave Route 1 to enjoy the great outdoors on Delmarva. Visit one of the State Parks for fishing, boating, camping, and more! We also have the beautiful Nanticoke River right here in Seaford, Delaware, which is the largest Chesapeake Bay tributary in the lower part of the peninsula.
Check out a local event. There are plenty of Memorial Day events to attend this weekend that don’t require braving the beach traffic. Get tickets to a local concert or take advantage of Memorial Day savings at local businesses. Don’t forget to pick up a copy of this week’s issue of The Guide to see what’s happening in your community!
Whatever you decide to do this Memorial Day Weekend, just remember to honor the spirit of the holiday and give thanks for the freedoms we enjoy. We would like to wish you a safe and happy weekend from your friends at The Guide.