Celebrating Fourth of July During COVID-19
With the risk of COVID-19 still on the horizon, Fourth of July celebrations will look a little different this year. Many cities have canceled events, parades and fireworks displays to avoid large gatherings to keep people safe. But, you can still honor the Fourth of July with the proper social distancing guidelines that health experts say will slow the spread of the virus. Here are a few ideas:
Decorate in Red, White and Blue
Make your home Fourth of July ready with red, white and blue bunting, balloons, American flags and decor. Use inexpensive items from the dollar or discount store to make things festive on a budget. (Many stores offer curbside pickup.) Inexpensive items like plastic tablecloths and paper plates can be repurposed into creative room or patio decorations.
Make a Homemade Apple Pie
Nothing says the Fourth of July like a classic apple pie. Here's the chance to perfect that family recipe, or check out videos on YouTube for tips on making the perfect pie. Dutch apple, lattice or flaky top crust? Here's your chance to wow your family and (socially distanced) friends.
Patriotic Coloring Sheets
Use your computer and printer to print out patriotic coloring sheets for the little ones. Hand out red, white and blue crayons and use the handmade art to decorate your home.
Thank a Veteran
Get a stack of thank-you cards or blank note cards and devote part of your day to writing thank you notes to veterans. Get the kids to draw pictures of flags or create cheerful artwork to include in the cards. Drop off your completed notes to your local veterans nursing home, hospital or community service office.
Fire up the grill and get the hot dogs out for the classic American meal. Enjoy together time with your family. If you do decide to invite guests, keep the number to a minimum. Have everyone bring their own chairs and spread them out in your yard. Consider having everyone bring their own food or provide individually packaged snacks like potato chips or snack cakes. Make sure to have hand sanitizer and wipes available.
Take the day to enjoy America's abundant natural resources by heading to your nearest park or beach for a bike ride or walk. Head to off-the-beaten-path locales to avoid crowds. Bring masks or face coverings in case you cross paths with other groups.
Make a Patriotic Keepsake
If staying at home this year sounds like you will have a long day to fill, try a family-friendly craft to liven things up. Buy a pack of inexpensive white undershirts and tie-dye them red, white and blue. You will give your family something fun to do this year, plus everyone will have a unique keepsake from the day.
Head to your local fireworks stand for sparklers and fireworks that you can light from your front or back yard. It's the perfect way to celebrate the birthday of our great nation apart, but together. Though our celebrations will be different this year, we can still do our part to make the Fourth of July special in our own creative ways.
Julie Landry Laviolette is a freelance writer specializing in personal finance, health and living well. Find her on Twitter at @JulieLavio.
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. Ameris Bank does not endorse nor is affiliated with the companies listed in this article.