The May flowers are in bloom and the birds are singing as spring is in full swing!

Here are a few new and different ways to celebrate all that the month has to offer while staying home and sheltering in place.

May 2: Dust off your best Derby hat, make an ice cold mint julep and tune in to watch “The Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Showdown” on NBC. According to, “the virtual race is a computer-simulated version of the American classic, which was postponed this year from its traditional running on the first Saturday in May to Sept. 5 because of COVID-19.”

May 5: Celebrate Cinco De Mayo at home with food and music. This is a day to mark the Mexican Victory over the French in The Battle of Puebla in 1862. The day is traditionally remembered with music, parades and festivals.

May 7: Enjoy the last supermoon of the year. This will be the last of the three supermoons to occur in 2020. According to “The Old Farmer’s Almanac,” the moon will rise at 8:38 p.m. Put it on your calendar and make sure you don’t miss this beautiful sight.

May 10: Celebrate Mother’s Day with a video conference with your children, mom or a good friend who is a mother. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared that the second Sunday in May would be a day to honor mothers everywhere. This day is celebrated around the globe with gifts and flowers for mothers of all ages.

May 16: Armed Forces Day. Show your colors proudly by putting out your American flag. Following Harry Truman’s lead, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson designated the third Saturday in May as Armed Forces Day to serve as a unified holiday to thank those currently serving members of the military. This day of honor was to celebrate the Unified Armed Services, and replaced the separate Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Days.

May 23: Happy 232nd birthday South Carolina! Our great state was admitted to the Union as the eighth state on this day in 1788.

May 29: Memorial Day, a day to remember and honor members of the military that have died. This day is often observed by visiting cemeteries and placing American Flags on graves. Beaufort County is home to the Beaufort National Cemetery, which was established in 1863, located at 1601 Boundary St. in Beaufort.

Jennifer Redmond is the family care coordinator for Senior Helpers of Hilton Head Island.