The upcoming holiday is typically a time of great fun with family and friends, and it’s especially nice when it falls over the weekend. Things may be a little different this year, but we have a few tips for making July 4th festive despite closures and social distancing restrictions.
Make Use of Patriotic Décor
Even if you don’t usually do much decorating, this year may be a great time to start. Pots of red and white geraniums, with blue accents are a great place to start. There are several ways to display the American flag that will add a festive touch to your home.
Serve Gourmet Hot Dogs
Taco dogs, Chicago-style, Tex-Mex and chili-cheese are delicious versions of this all-American summer staple. Gather up the fixin’s and fire up the grill. Here are a few favorites to inspire your imagination:
- Chicago-style Dog: yellow mustard, diced sweet pickle, diced onions, dill pickle spear, tomato wedge and celery seed served on a poppy seed bun
- Taco Dog: Mexican beans, pico de gallo, avocado, taco cheese and jalapeno slices
- Tex-Mex: BBQ sauce, French-fried onions and shredded cheddar – Yum!
Serve with loaded baked potato salad and cranberry or hibiscus iced tea for added flair.
Learn About Our National Heritage
Check out our National Park Service’s featured photo galleries and videos about the Liberty Bell and more. Or learn something new about this 244-year old tradition, so you can impress your friends at that Zoom party. You can also take the Alexander Hamilton quiz, or test your general knowledge here.
Try a New Cocktail
Try Martha Stewart’s recipe for a delicious twist on the classic Cape Codder – a fancy name for a vodka-cranberry. You’ll be surprised at the difference a little cucumber and lime makes.
Show Up for Some Virtual Fireworks
Do you know the name of your favorite firework? Click here to brush up on your pyrotechnics. Celebrate safely, even if you can’t congregate for parades or fireworks. Here are some great options to swap out for cancelled festivities:
- Macy’s Reimagined 4th of July Fireworks – nationally televised on July 4, 8 – 10pm ET/PT
- A Capitol Fourth: Special 40th Anniversary presentation by PBS – check your local listings
- Nashville’s Let Freedom Sing! Music City Celebration honoring healthcare heroes, first responders and frontline workers – watch the full show online
We can’t necessarily celebrate the same ways we have in the past, but it can still be enjoyable, and festive!