You do not need to crowd together to have fun celebrating Independence Day. Here are some safe activities for families to enjoy while staying home and isolated from others on July 4th!
Hop online and watch Fourth of July celebrations virtually, from Washington DC to Boston. A Capital Fourth celebration is going to take place virtually from different spots around the country and will be streamed on PBS. Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes will feature performances from past years along with newly recorded virtual ones.
Virtual tours of historical landmarks
Step into history without having to get off your couch with virtual tours of historical landmarks. Places like the Statue of Liberty and Mount Vernon are offering virtual tours of their famous sites online. Virtual visitors get to learn insider facts about the locations that reveal the story of how America was born.
Backyard water park
Skip the beach and instead create your own water park in the comfort of your backyard. You can purchase special sprinklers or just use the garden hose. For some added family fun, safely pick up some water balloons and squirt guns at the store.
Hot dog contest
The annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest is still on and will air at noon ET on ESPN July 4. This is the perfect opportunity to join in on the fun and have your own hot dog eating contest at home. Load up the grill with savory dogs and enjoy this classic American food.
Pop some confetti
Keep the sparkle in the Fourth of July without the dangers of traditional fireworks with these DIY confetti poppers. All you’ll need is some balloons, toilet paper tubes and some confetti to make these kid-friendly crafts.
S’mores buffet line
A barbecue isn’t complete without dessert, and this dessert is about as American as you can get. Set up a smorgasbord of s’mores ingredients, including gooey marshmallows and rich chocolate, then take turns roasting marshmallows around the fire.
Raise a glass to freedom, or in this case, the Disney+ release of “Hamilton.” The hit Broadway musical is debuting on July 3, which is just in time for the holiday weekend. This version removed some of the swear words to make it more family-friendly, according to “Hamilton” playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda.