Something Different – July 2020

A Year Without Fireworks

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. Here are a few ways to creatively honor the red, white, and blue:

  1. 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.
  2. Festive Feast. Host a social distance barbecue with a red, white, and blue fruit tray, flag cake, patriotic cocktails, and more.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

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