7 ways to celebrate the Fourth of July while social distancing

The Fourth of July is quintessentially the perfect summer holiday, usually spent outdoors grilling hamburgers and hot dogs with neighbors and friends and ending the night with a giant firework display. 

This year, your Independence Day celebrations may look a little different due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy the summer rays and pack in some fun adventures for you and your family. 

Here are 7 ways you can still practice social distancing and make the holiday special for you and your children. 

Bake patriotic treats

What better way to start of the holiday then with some yummy treats. Treat the kids to a red, white and blue breakfast with pancakes or waffles topped with blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream. Or pull out those baking mats and whip up a sweet treat. Use food coloring and melted marshmallows to decorate Rice Krispie treats as American flags or pull out that star cookie cutter and decorate sugar cookies or brownies in red, white and blue decorations. For a nonbake option, use your star cookie cutter to cut out watermelon slices for a sweet hand-held treat.

Have a picnic

You can still celebrate summer and enjoy the sun by making a picnic lunch in your backyard. Fill a basket with sandwiches and snacks and spread a comfy blanket under a tree. Or grill some tasty hot dogs and hamburgers for a traditional Fourth of July spread. Add some fun by putting together some outdoor games like cornhole or ring toss. If your kids need to get some energy out, organize some three-legged or relay races to get them running around and exercising. 

Run around in the sprinklers 

Put on those swimsuits and turn on the waterworks. As adults we may see sprinklers as a chore, but children love splashing around as the sprinklers water the grass. Add squirt guns and water balloons for even more fun. Enjoy the sun and the giggles as you cool off with a little water adventure without ever leaving your yard. 

Organize a neighborhood car or bike parade

If you’re used to neighborhood block parties for the Fourth of July, organizing a car or bike parade can be a great way to celebrate with your neighbors, but still maintain social distancing measures and keep everyone safe. Decorate your car or bike with signs, balloons or streamers and then ride down the street waving to your neighbors and friends. If you want some inspiration, check out this car parade for residents living in Buckner senior living communities

Get crafty

Need a break from the sun? Stay indoors and use your creative energy to make fun patriotic crafts. Pinterest is a great source for finding all kinds of fun Independence Day DIY activities for all ages. Make some paper lanterns, popsicle stick flags or some festive parade wands or pinwheels

Have a movie night

Settle in for the night, pop some popcorn and watch your favorite movie. Or use Common Sense Media to find a new favorite appropriate for your children’s ages. Have extended family join the fun by streaming them in through FaceTime, Zoom or Google Hangouts. Share your favorite movie moments and laugh with your loved ones even when apart.  

Stream a firework show

End the night with a firework show from the comforts of your own home. NBC will be airing the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks in New York and PBS will show A Capitol Fourth, featuring fireworks above Washington D.C.’s monuments. Find out more on how to tune in to a fireworks show digitally. 

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