As we welcome in July, we also welcome in our annual tradition of celebrating our country’s birthday with food, family, friends and fireworks! This year, however, many of us are overwhelmingly concerned about celebrating safely and practicing social distancing. But, there’s no reason your Fourth of July celebration can’t be safe and fun!
Here are some new, entertaining ways to celebrate safely.
Watch Fireworks from a Distance
Even though many cities are canceling their Fourth of July festivities (like fireworks and parades) there are other options to consider. The best and safest ways to enjoy fireworks are either in your backyard or on a TV or computer screen. Many cities, such as New York and DC are televising their presentations and are encouraging people to watch from home. Check the local listings or Facebook for more information.
Catch Up on America’s History with a Documentary or Movie
What’s safer than celebrating our country’s birthday than watching a documentary or a historical movie? It’s even better if you have a backyard and a projector that you can set up to watch a live recording of “Hamilton,” which arrives on Disney Plus on Friday. Netflix has rounded up several documentaries regarding events that have shaped our country. “1776” is an all-time classic movie or you can get in the summer spirit with other classic movies like “The Sandlot” or “Forrest Gump.”
Cook All Your Fourth Favorites
Fourth of July is the best time to serve your summertime favorites from yummy appetizers to delicious desserts. Maybe this is the year to spend that extra time at home to whip up something new – it might just become everyone’s new favorite! Try using red, white and blue foods to celebrate the holiday, like red and blue fruits with hand-whipped cream.
Celebrate With a Summer Game
While team sports may be out this year, playing a sport at home like baseball, badminton, croquet or cornhole is just as fun as long as you wear face coverings and gloves, stay 6 feet away from strangers, and be sure to wash your hands and equipment after use. If you’re more interested in a sit-down sport, why not get everyone involved in a friendly game of trivia? To test your knowledge of American history, PBS has a quiz on their website.