Relaxing COVID restrictions means more fun
Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and with it comes the chance to enjoy many pre-summer activities that we may have missed over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While many festivals and parades previously intended to ring in the long holiday weekend or to honor those who have helped us all live the lives we enjoy may still be on hiatus, there is still work to be done.
As a warning: Be sure to check the weather forecast before embarking on some of these outdoor-oriented activities. Time may not be also warm and welcoming as has been the case in recent weeks.
Enjoy a long bike ride
After several years of construction, delayed openings and social distancing guidelines linked to the pandemic, the Colchester Causeway bicycle ferry that connects passengers from Burlington and Colchester to South Hero will be open for Memorial Day weekend.
According to Local Motion, a Burlington-based nonprofit, 16,000 cyclists ride back and forth on the bicycle ferry each year.
The ferry will open at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 28 and will provide service throughout the summer through early fall through October.
Wait for a concert
Maybe you’re not looking for an amphitheater, but the outdoor concert season is back.
Among the venues hosting live concert series for the public is Higher Ground, which begins its new event, Backside at 405 Pine Street in Burlington, this weekend and runs through August.
Tickets can be purchased individually or with a $ 99 season pass, and the shows will feature local tours and small numbers.
Host or browse a garage sale
Perhaps you’ve spent most of the past year amassing possessions and trinkets, well, what better time than now to share them with the wider community.
Around the same time last year, garage sales were allowed in Vermont during the pandemic, but with limited numbers. Now, Vermonters across the state can search for long-abandoned treasures.
Have a barbecue or barbecue
Social distancing guidelines and household restrictions have reportedly thwarted many plans to host a barbecue in 2020, but with relaxation, the guidelines provide an opportunity to try your hand at grilling.
To take a walk
No, don’t stop reading this story, but instead enjoy the full opening of Vermont State Parks this weekend.
You might have been safe walking before Memorial Day, and you wouldn’t be warned for it.
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While some state parks have been opened since early May, all 55 Vermont state parks will be open starting this weekend.
So get out your hiking boots and head to your favorite hiking spot.
Contact Ethan Bakuli at (802) 556-1804 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @BakuliEthan.