Much like 2020 itself, this year's Independence Day will be one for the history books. Major U.S. cities have cancelled firework displays and festive parades to protect against a second wave of coronavirus infections. Pre-pandemic, the 16,000+ firework displays hosted across the nation comprised 65% of Fourth of July activities for American families. The lack of fireworks doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the national holiday, however.
Looking for ways to participate? Here's how:
- Light Up the Sky. Replace firework displays with sparklers, bubbles, and colored balloons filled with glow sticks. All can be used safely in your driveway or backyard
- Festive Feast. Host a social distance barbecue with a red, white, and blue fruit tray, flag cake, patriotic cocktails, and more
- Stream Fireworks. Still want to witness the grandeur of Independence Day fireworks? Watch past years’ celebrations on popular streaming services like YouTube, Vimeo, and PBS
- Host a Backyard Parade. Dress in your Fourth of July finest and parade around your lawn to the Star-Spangled Banner. Embellish wagons with streamers, U.S. flags, confetti, and other festive decorations