On 8th May 1945, Germany surrendered to the Allies and after six years of fighting, the war in Europe came to an end. The news was welcomed with parades, parties, singing and dancing in the streets, becoming known as Victory in Europe Day or VE Day.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the celebration!
While lockdown measures are still in place, we’ve got five ways you can celebrate VE Day 75 safely from home.
1. What’s a celebration without food?
Start the day with some classic British party food, such as these mini Victoria sponge cakes! How cute are they?
Find the recipe HERE, courtesy of BBC.
2. Sing and dance along from home!
English Heritage have put together an incredible VE Day Party Pack, which features lyrics to popular 1940’s songs and tips for dancing the Lindy Hop swing – we can’t wait to try it ourselves. Check it out HERE.
3. It’s not an official celebration without music!
Along with their amazing party pack, English Heritage have also put together a VE Day playlist, to really set the tone. Press play below:
4. Pour some bubbly & toast the heroes!
At 3pm BST raise your glass, cheer and clap from your doorstep to take part in The Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of the Second World War.
More information can be found about the 3pm Toast to The Herores HERE.
5. Come together with the nation in a rendition of Vera Lynn’s “We”ll Meet Again” on BBC One!
To mark the 75th anniversary of VE day, in these unprecedented times, the BBC and the Royal British Legion honour and celebrate the Second World War generation with an evening of memories and music. Featuring some of those who remember this historic day, and some of Britain’s favourite performers, including Katherine Jenkins, Adrian Lester, Anton Du Beke, Beverley Knight, Helen George, Sharon D Clarke, Shane Richie and Emma Barton, entertaining us with popular songs of the era.
- The nation is asked to unite for a very special rendition of “We’ll Meet Again” as a gesture of thanks to our veterans and in memory of our loved ones. More information HERE.
How will you be celebrating VE Day 75 from home? Tweet us @gigsandtours to let us know!
A reminder that at 11am a two-minute silence will be held to honour the service and sacrifice of the wartime generation and reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world.
At 9pm, ahead of the BBC entertainment, a pre-recorded address by the Queen will be broadcast at the exact moment her father, King George VI, gave a radio address on May 8 1945.