For many of us, the 4th of July feels a little different this year. While Independence Day is normally a time to gather together and celebrate our nation, now people are avoiding large gatherings for their safety. Del Rey Urban has put together a list of ways to bring everyone together for the 4th of July during these times!
Even though you might not gather in a large group for the 4th of July this summer, you can still celebrate the holiday. You can even feel connected to the people around you at a distance. Here are 5 ways you can celebrate Independence Day while practicing social distancing this year.
1. Play with Sparklers
If you want to practice social distancing, you probably don’t plan to go to a big firework show. Some places will even be canceling their firework displays for the 4th this year. Just because you can’t enjoy the fireworks put on by cities and businesses in your area doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy fireworks. Sparklers are a great way to bring the patriotic spirit to your backyard.
You can even use a long exposure app on your phone to take pictures that show a trail of light wherever you wave the sparkler in the air.
2. Tour American Museums and Historical Sites Virtually
If you’re interested in diving deeper into the history of our nation on Independence Day, there are plenty of American museums and historical sites that you and your household can visit virtually.
Because of the pandemic, many museums and historical sites are offering free tours of exhibits. Some especially patriotic museums you could tour include the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and the Statue of Liberty. Also, NASA is offering tours of multiple sites, including the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
3. Plan a Social-Distancing Potluck
Potlucks are a favorite pastime for the 4th of July because they spread the responsibility of cooking between a lot of people while also bringing everyone together. However, while potlucks are a fun way to celebrate the 4th, they aren’t the best way to practice social distancing.
You can have a potluck, even if you’re practicing social distancing. Instead of everyone coming together to share food, plan a porch potluck with your neighborhood. Have everyone involved make their best Independence Day dish to drop off on one another’s porches.
This way, you can enjoy not making an entire meal on your own and also feel connected to your community.
4. Play Games
Just because you aren’t having a big barbeque with 50 of your closest friends doesn’t mean you can’t play fun outdoor games with the people you live with.
Even for adults, games like water balloon tosses, corn hole, and horseshoes — as well as games more catered to adults — are a great way to celebrate and blow off steam. If you don’t have games on hand, they’re easy to order online or pick up at local stores.
5. Have a Hotdog Eating Contest
Hotdog eating contests are a 4th of July tradition that you can still enjoy while quarantined. Not only can you have a hotdog eating contest with the people in your household, but you can have it with friends and family through social media.
Document your hotdog eating contest on your Instagram story and tag your friends to challenge them.