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Planning the Best Memorial Day Cookout

Traditionally, the summer season truly begins on Memorial Day weekend. Hosting a Memorial Day cookout can be a meaningful and enjoyable way to honor the holiday and spend time with friends and family. The Rock Hill Coca-Cola Bottling Company wants to help you host a successful start to the summer. Here’s how:

Plan the Menu 

Decide on the type of food you want to serve. Classic cookout favorites like hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue chicken, and grilled vegetables are always popular. Consider dietary restrictions and preferences of your guests as well. You will want to include plenty of Coca-Cola products.

Make a Guest List

Determine how many people you can comfortably accommodate and create a guest list accordingly. Send out invitations in advance to give your guests enough time to plan.

Set the Date, Time, and Location

Memorial Day weekend is typically a popular time for cookouts. Choose a date and time that works for you and your guests. If you have a backyard or a local park with grilling facilities, those can be great locations for the cookout. Several of the parks around Rock Hill feature picnic spots. Just remember to get there early as those spots will fill up.

Prepare the Grill and Cooking Area

Clean and prepare your grill ahead of time. Make sure you have enough charcoal or propane and any necessary tools or utensils. Set up a designated area for cooking and ensure it is safe and well-ventilated.

Create a Festive Atmosphere

Decorate the space with patriotic colors. Hang flags, set up tablecloths, and add some festive decorations to create a celebratory ambiance.

Provide Seating and Shade

Arrange ample seating for your guests, including tables, chairs, and outdoor furniture. If it’s a sunny day, set up umbrellas or canopies to provide shade and protect your guests from the sun.

Plan Activities and Entertainment

Incorporate fun activities to keep your guests entertained. You can set up lawn games like cornhole, badminton, or horseshoes. Consider playing some background music to create a lively atmosphere.

Organize Potluck-Style Contributions

If you’re open to it, ask your guests to bring a dish or dessert to share. This can help ease the burden of food preparation and add variety to the menu.

Prepare for Different Weather Conditions

Be prepared for various weather scenarios. Have a backup plan in case of rain or extreme heat. Consider having a tent or canopy available or moving the gathering indoors if needed.

Ensure Safety

Keep safety in mind throughout the event. Ensure the grill is set up in a safe location, keep an eye on children near the cooking area, and provide enough seating and shade to prevent any accidents or discomfort.

Remember the Significance of Memorial Day

The true point of a Memorial Day cookout is to remember the meaning of the day. Take some time during the cookout to honor the memory of those who have sacrificed their lives serving the country. You can have a moment of silence, say a few words, or display a memorial tribute.