Suffice it to say, July 4th celebrations are going to look a bit different this year. With annual event cancellations happening left and right due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, I've been wondering if perhaps summer should be cancelled altogether. But fear not: a socially distant and responsible July 4th celebration with family is possible — if you're smart about it.
While the country is in different stages of re-opening depending on which state you're in, wearing a mask and remaining socially distant are still vitally important in "slowing the spread," according to the CDC. For anyone debating the merits of mask-wearing, see the family in Texas who contracted the virus after a birthday party as your number one point of reference. So while I recommend keeping the July 4th party celebration on the smaller side this year (as in, just the people in your home if possible), there are still plenty of ways to keep the patriotic holiday festive and memorable. From sparklers and an outdoor movie screening to red, white, and blue desserts and cocktails, there are lots of ways to make sure your 2020 July 4th celebration is one for the books. I mean, it may be the only thing you want to remember from this year, to be honest.
The best part is, all of these ideas can work with friends who remain six feet away. Cheers your neighbors across the street with your cocktails. Pop a box of sparklers in your siblings' mailboxes so they can celebrate with you via FaceTime or Zoom. Have a socially distant picnic. The possibilities are totally there, and being outside is safer than being inside if there are other people around.