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How to Safely Celebrate Fourth of July During COVID-19

Even though families across the country have remained at home for a large portion of these last few months, people are still finding ways to keep traditions alive and celebrations on track. With the Fourth of July holiday quickly approaching, now is the time to get creative with ideas to entertain the whole crew. We rounded up a few suggestions that can be performed safely, so your celebrations can go on without the worry.

Watch a firework show.

For many cities across the country, firework displays are either canceled or put on hold. But if you’re lucky enough to live in a community with a local fireworks show planned for the Fourth, the safest option might be watching from your car, safely distanced from other spectators. For a televised experience, head over to, where you’ll find information on the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.

Have a picnic.

Outdoor areas like lakes, parks, and other expansive green spaces are the perfect spots to set up a picnic. Keep foods fresh and cool for a hot summer day, and don’t forget to pack the hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

Make a festive dessert.

Take advantage of the warm weather and whip up some cool treats. This recipe for no-bake cheesecake parfaits is easy to follow and quick to prepare. Mix blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries for the red, white, and blue patriotic touch.

Create a splash.  

Bring the splash park to you. Creating the ultimate splash experience in your own backyard is easier than you might think. The key is to incorporate all the water toys, like water guns, inflatable pools, sprinklers, and water balloons. Just add popsicles for a kid-approved good time.

Get active.

Whether it’s a hot dog eating contest or a virtual fun run—there are still ways to fuel your competitive spirit. This Independence Day Virtual Race includes course maps for several cities across the country, including Atlanta, GA, Dallas, TX, and Los Angeles, CA.

Plan a virtual block party.

Get your neighbors in on the fun and plan a time and details for a virtual block party. Create and distribute fliers that include information about a virtual meeting space, like Zoom or GoToMeeting, festive snack ideas, and fun activities everyone can participate in, like Fourth of July bingo.

Watch a televised parade.

The safest and easiest way to participate in this year’s Fourth of July parades is to watch from your own home. Keep it as close to the real thing as possible by watching outside and get into the spirit by making your own Fourth of July confetti poppers.

Go to a drive-in movie.

Drive-ins are back by popular demand. Many cities across the country are hosting drive-in movie nights, complete with outdoor concerts and other live performances. Grab your family and head out to the drive-in for a socially distanced activity that everyone can enjoy.