The Fourth of July is one of the most important American holidays. Due to COVID-19, you'll want to avoid crowds. Here's how to celebrate while isolating.
The Fourth of July is one of the biggest holidays that every American enjoys. Out in the summer sun, hanging out with friends, and grilling great food while watching fireworks—who doesn't love these traditions?
The sad truth is that COVID-19 is here to stay for the long haul. It makes it a little more difficult to enjoy these favorite pastimes. But with some extra precautions, we can still enjoy all of our favorite holidays without risk to our health.
Keep reading to learn how to celebrate this year in a way that still feels festive and normal!
Host a Block Party
One thing that makes this entire pandemic easier to deal with is to realize that we're all in this together. This includes your neighbors, whether or not you've ever talked to them before.
Other families will be wanting something to do to have a happy Fourth of July, so why not celebrate together? In the past, you could invite everyone over to your home. These days, start up a block party!
Everyone stays in their designated area and maintains social distancing. You'll strengthen neighborly bonds as you party together from afar. There's plenty to do even when you can't get too close to one another, such as talking, dancing, playing distanced games, creating contests, and more.
The entire holiday feels full of life and energy when you can share it with other people.
Wear a Festive Mask
Many people are finding creative ways to add pizzazz to their masks, so why not turn your mask into a burst of holiday cheer? Paint it with red, white, and blue, or glue on themed charms or stickers.
With a mask like this, it'll look right at home with all of your favorite Fourth of July outfits. The best part is that you can decorate your mask with supplies that you already have at home, making it a frugal crating project for the entire family!
Put up Patriotic Decorations
Do you ever put up Fourth of July decorations? If you do, then make sure you keep up the tradition this year. If not, this is the year to start doing it.
Put up banners, tablecloths, and twinkling patriotic lights. There's nothing more festive for this holiday than displaying the American flag. Make sure to read more about how to hang this beautiful symbol of freedom in your home.
If you don't have any decorations at home, create some yourself! It's a fun crafting activity that you and the rest of your family can do together.
Putting up decorations takes time and energy, but all of that effort is worth it once you stand back and take in all of your hard work. It brings a feeling of festivity and patriotism.
Watch Virtual Fireworks
Fourth of July fireworks are an iconic explosion of festivity. This year, so many fireworks displays are canceled or postponed. It doesn't quite feel like the same holiday if there aren't any fireworks.
That's why watching virtual fireworks shows is a great alternative to the real thing. There are many high-quality videos available with a little bit of searching. They're not as good as the real thing, but they're close.
Put the video on the television and turn up the sound. It'll feel like you're there in person!
Create a Dazzling Sparkler Display
Without fireworks to sustain our need for bright colorful explosions, sparklers are the next best thing. They're small, easy to use, and beautiful in their own way. Plus, they're cheap, too!
Children love to play with sticks of sizzling light, and it's always fun to watch them try and create interesting shapes in the dark. Join in and make it even more memorable. See who can spell out words in the clearest way, or who can make a flower shape the quickest.
Instead of handling the sparklers, another way to celebrate is to set the sticks into the ground and make your own little display. Light them all up at the same time and enjoy watching those sparklers sparkle in the night.
Play an Outdoor Game
Staying inside is nice from time to time, but when you've been stuck inside for months on end, going outside is a new luxury. Sitting out in the sun is nice, but outdoor games are where you'll have the most fun.
Turn outdoor games into a Fourth of July festivity so that you and your family can enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. Activities like croquet, football, soccer, and hopscotch become more fun when you put a holiday twist into them.
Fill up some water balloons and see who can hit the most people, or who is the least wet at the end. Playing games outside is so fun, it's bound to become a new family tradition for this holiday.
Splurge on a Cookout
Staying frugal is an important ideal for all of us when times get rough. However, sometimes splurging a little is even more important.
That's why going the extra mile with your food choices makes for an extra special treat this holiday. These are taxing times for all of us, and luxurious food makes everyone happier. It makes the day feel even more celebratory.
Instead of going for the budget steaks, splurge for the high-end ones. Instead of having one dessert, get several Fourth of July desserts.
Even one fancy food included on your menu is enough to make everything feel more indulgent. It's a small change, but it makes the holiday a little bit better!
Enjoy the Fourth of July Without Risk of Infection
Learning to celebrate holidays while still following social distancing guidelines takes a little bit of pre-planning, but it's not impossible. There's still plenty of fun in the sun to be had this summer, and it begins with a great Fourth of July!
Use the ideas listed above to help ensure that you and your family are safe while still partying to your heart's content.
For more ways to stay frugal and safe during these trying times, make sure to check out the rest of the blog!