BIndependence Day celebrations will look a bit different this year, for many reasons. The ongoing and worsening pandemic might make you feel like a fun holiday isn’t possible this year. But whether you want to have a backyard celebration with family and friends or you’re hoping to enjoy a larger party with a crowd, it is possible to stay safe and follow guidelines.
Crowds and public health safety during a pandemic don’t mix, but there are safe ways to enjoy time with a larger group of people. As we’ve seen with protest crowds generally not leading to big outbreaks, two important factors are being outside and wearing masks. Taking in fireworks with a crowd outside and while wearing a mask will lower your risk.
A backyard BBQ with a smaller group of loved ones can also be safe as long as you take precautions. Stay outside and keep at least six feet of distance between those who don’t live together. But there’s no reason that a socially distanced backyard BBQ can’t be both fun and festive. Fire up the grill and make your favorite foods. Don’t forget to bring the heat with some spice! Learn about the best BBQ and beer pairings and take your party to the next level. Great food is often what we remember most about special events and this year, food is more important than ever. Stick with your tried and true favorites but don’t be afraid to venture out.
There are plenty of yard games you can play while remaining socially distanced. Or you could always throw a backyard dance party, with tunes like “This Is America” by Childish Gambino or anything from the Hamilton soundtrack.
If you live somewhere it’s legal to launch your own fireworks, go ahead and light up the sky! Just remember to keep socially distanced not just from other people but also from the fireworks themselves. And while using hand sanitizer can be really important right now, be careful about use of hand sanitizer before lighting the fuse.