This Friday marks VE day, when the country will unite to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of fighting in Europe in the Second World War.
Due to current circumstances celebrations may have to be a little more subtle than the street parties, dancing and singing we would have been greeted with in previous years. However, there is no reason Brits still shouldn’t come together to commemorate this special occasion.
So, get your VE decorations ready because here are just a few VE day celebrations ideas to get you started;
Get your feet moving
Music will forever be monumental in uniting the nations, boosting morale in uncertain times. Much like in wartime, Brits use song and dance as a way to express themselves, so if there is one thing that shouldn’t change this year, that’s getting on your feet, warming up your vocal cords and having a song and dance.
The iconic Lindy Hop was a classic dance in wartime, brought over by the American soldiers fighting in England, followed by a singalong to the much loved song, ‘We’ll Meet Again’. But don’t worry, if like us you have two left feet there aren’t many steps to learn and we found a super helpful video to prepare you ahead of Friday.
Street parties will have to take a different spin this year, we may not be able to gather in the streets but we can still unite with our neighbours, raising a glass to those who fought in World War Two.
Begin the day with a minutes silence at 11am followed by decorating your home in red, white and blue. At 3pm you will be able to catch Churchill’s speech on the BBC, then grab your deck chairs and picnic blankets and head for the front garden where both you and your neighbours can safely distance while enjoying tea and scones. As the evening winds down, head back indoors to join Dame Vera Lynn who will lead the national singalong at 8pm shortly followed by the Queen’s speech at 9pm.
Want to take your celebrations to the next level?
When it comes to parties there’s one thing we love – a theme! What better time to dress up in retro 1945 clothes, pin your hair in the iconic victory roll style and enjoy afternoon tea in true British style.
Virtual museum tour
If you still have time to squeeze in any extra VE Day activities, the Imperial War Museum is inviting you to visit from the comfort of your home.
Voices of War, is a collection of first-hand accounts from VE day back in 1945 from the museum’s archives. This incredible four minute compilation will be available on Friday at iwm.org.uk/history/victory.