If your local Independence Day celebration is canceled this year, you might find yourself feeling a little bummed.
But worry not, there are still plenty of ways you can celebrate at home or in your backyard, weather permitting.
Since the 4th of July falls on a Saturday this year, you still have the whole weekend to enjoy the summer weather, grill up a ton of delicious food, spend time with your friends and family, and plan some fun activities that embrace and practice social distancing.
Check out these family-friendly ideas:
Backyard Sports Competition
It's been a long few months without sports, but you can fill the void by turning your backyard into a field for a little friendly competition! Split up into teams and play some volleyball, badminton, corn hole, capture the flag, and more. You can even reward the winning team with fun prizes.
Set Up a S’mores Station
Get crafty by setting up a s’mores station with a variety of options to choose from. You can offer up a mix of flavored crackers, an assortment of chocolate, and even flavored marshmallows along with fruits like bananas and strawberries. Bonus if you include a sign like “S’more please.” And don’t forget the stick… unless you’re a “BYOS - bring your own sticks" kind of person.
Camp in Your Backyard
If you can’t go camping, you have to bring the camping fun to you! Set up a tent, roll out the sleeping bags, and turn on the fire pit. You can spend the night telling ghost stories, reminiscing, and gazing at the stars. If the weather isn’t working in your favor, camp inside by making a fort out of pillows and blankets!
Write Letters to the Military
There’s no better time to show your gratitude to the brave men and women protecting our country than Independence Day. You can write individual letters or gather the family for a joint letter. Submit letters to the military to Operation Gratitude.
Another option is to write "thank you" letters to the nurses at your local hospital who have been working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Create a Backyard Waterpark
There's nothing better than a little splishing and splashing on a hot summer day. Grab your swimsuits and cool off at the hottest waterpark in town -- in your backyard! Blow up the kiddie pool, utilize sprinklers and a water hose to make a splash pad, grab some water balloons and water guns, and enjoy!
Be sure to lather on the sunscreen; the sun loves the water just as much as you do.
Screen a Movie Outside
With movie theaters still closed, drive-in theaters have become all the rage, but if you don’t feel like leaving your house, you can screen a film in your backyard. If you have a lot of space and a good projector, you can also invite some of your neighbors to bring over a blanket and participate in the socially distant screening!
Get the Grill Going
It’s not the Fourth of July unless you smell the burgers and hot dogs cooking to perfection on the grill. This is the time to show off those recipes you’ve been perfecting during the quarantine!
To complete the cookout, be sure to have all the necessary side dishes like potato salad, fruits, chips and dip, and beverages! And don’t forget the red, white and blue desserts!
Take a Virtual History Lesson
If this year has shown us anything, it’s the importance of knowing your country's history. Brush up on your history knowledge this long weekend by taking a virtual tour. Plenty of museums have some interesting collections including Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, The Museum of Flight, National Women's History Museum, and NASA.