Happy Early 4th of July!
Fireworks, BBQs, and red-white-and-blue: 4th of July is an ironic summertime holiday. Firework shows over lakes, beaches, and stadiums are a tradition for many people across the country. It might be the hundredth time that someone has said, “this is an unprecedented time”, but with COVID-19 regulations still in place, this is an unprecedented 4th of July.
The Los Angeles Times ran a story on celebrating 4th of July responsibly. The article quotes Anne Rimoin, a professor of epidemiology at UCLA who specializes in emerging infectious diseases:
“The safest thing is to stay isolated, but that’s not good for our mental health, so the bottom line is yes, you can see your friends and family, but you have to put a lot of planning and effort into it and be very cognizant of the risk. … Staying safe is all about time, space, people and place. You need to think about who you’re inviting and what’s their level of risk, not just for yourself but for everybody else you live with and want to see.”
Last year you wouldn’t have worn a mask to your neighbor’s BBQ and pool party, but this year it is different. Is swimming in the pool safe? Should you go to a party? How many people should you invite?
There are a lot of questions that surround celebrations and gatherings in the coronavirus stage we are in.
First things first: make sure you are comfortable with the plans. If you still do not feel comfortable socializing outside of your immediate family or roommates, then stay home and celebrate with your quarantine buddies!
5 Creative Ways to Celebrate Fourth of July
What are a few creative COVID-safe ways to celebrate the 4th of July?
1. If you are inviting people over to your home or backyard for 4th of July, then hand out white masks with red and blue markers and have a contest for the most festive decorated mask
Single Serving Food
Bring Your Own Sanitizer
3. If you are venturing to someone else’s house, the beach, or anywhere on the 4th, then BYOM, BYOHS, and BYOS. Bring your own mask, Bring your own hand sanitizer, and Bring your own snacks. This is not the time to share!
Find Fireworks If You Can
4. Watch fireworks while practicing social distancing or attending a drive-in show. Stay informed about what annual shows have been canceled too.
Look online for tickets to drive-in firework shows that can be enjoyed from the safety and socially distanced inside of your car!
Rancho Cucamonga will be holding a modified Fourth of July firework show. “A spectacular fireworks presentation will take place on Saturday, July 4 from 9 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. at the Chaffey College main campus in Rancho Cucamonga, the city announced recently.
However, while the launch point is at Chaffey College, no spectators will be allowed on the campus.”
As the Orange County Register reports, most firework shows have been cancelled. Read more: https://www.ocregister.com/2020/06/17/coronavirus-concerns-will-extinguish-most-fireworks-shows-this-fourth-of-july/
5. Stay out of the heat and create a 4th of July movie marathon tradition. Here are a few great options:
Use 2020 as an opportunity to create a new Fourth of July tradition or at least mix up what you’ve done before! Who knows, you mind start a new tradition that will be celebrated in 2021 and beyond!
Have a safe, fun, and memorable 4th of July!