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How to celebrate July 4th safely during Covid-19

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way many of us celebrate so we need to consider the alternatives to ensure Independence Day fun doesn't pass unnoticed.

Torrey Pines State Park is shown closed for the July 4th long weekend during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in, San Diego, California, U.S., July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake

For obvious reasons, the year 2020 is going to be remembered for a long, long time, and the upcoming 4th July celebrations are not immune to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Independence Day is a long-standing traditional and Americans will be keen to observe it in some way but there is no need to do so in a manner that puts you and others at risk of infection. Let’s consider some of the alternative approaches.

Safe celebrations for 4th July

No matter what you do, if you are congregating with others you should take the medical advice and wear a mask or other face covering whenever possible. As well as this, maintain appropriate social distancing - preferably outdoors - and follow hygiene guidelines. OK, so it won’t be the same as other years, but if we all play our responsible part then the parties can return in the future.

Keep the bang

Fireworks are seen by many as an integral element of the 4 July celebrations but you can create bangs at home too. Get some of the exploding poppers, for example, and fire some off at the same time as you pop the champagne corks for a cacophony to fill the room. For the real experience, there are numerous public firework displays that many can get along to, with some of the big ones also being televised to allow you to watch from the safety of your home.

Bang bang | People watch as fireworks are launched in Times Square as part of the annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks on July 1, 2020 in New York City.
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Bang bang | People watch as fireworks are launched in Times Square as part of the annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks on July 1, 2020 in New York City.Cindy OrdAFP

Screen some historical relevance

When Disney+ were pondering a good day to launch their latest hit, Hamilton, it likely didn’t take long to consider the 4th July weekend. The Broadway musical debuts the previous day but if you can hold on, it’s not a bad evening’s viewing to commemorate Independence Day 2020. If this doesn’t take your fancy, why not step back in time another way by taking advantage of the virtual tours of Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian Museum, the Statue of Liberty or the battlefields or the American Revolution that are on offer. Get that patriotic feel that doesn’t come from wearing a cap.

Splash time celebrations

If you have the space, or are able to safely get together with family or neighbours, there is plenty of fun awaiting you with a paddling pool, garden hose and sprinklers. Get the kids involved in creating inventive games, and ensure all the water guns are filled to get the screams of delight ringing through the air.

Remember that even though you are choosing to be sensible over this weekend and avoid meeting up with friends and family, there are various online video conferencing options that can be used to send virtual hugs. Connect via your largest screen and exchange your celebrations.


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