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4 Ways to Celebrate the 4th of July at Home

07/02/2020 04:43PM ● By Jessie Monsivais

By: Jessie Monsivais  Photo by: Brynn Osborn

A warm, sunny day, a cookout with friends and family, and a night-time fireworks display — the ingredients for a traditional Fourth of July. Of course, the reality as COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate means the safest place to celebrate is at home. While usual festivities of gathering with your loved ones to barbeque at the beach or catch the Mayor's 4th of July Big Bang Fireworks display downtown may be canceled, the options for celebrating the Fourth of July while following measures for preventing the spread of coronavirus endure. Here are four ideas for enjoying the weekend responsibly amid a global pandemic.

Dress up in red, white and blue

Shop small at GooGoo Boujee to find cute, matching red, white, and blue outfits for your little ones. Order from home to receive free shipping and fast delivery. As for yourself, Bleu Frog Mercantile has a Red, White, and Blue sale this weekend, meaning items in those colors are 15% off! Or upgrade your space for the summer with a batch of Green Sea Designs originals. 

Host a local goods basket swap

Traditional 4th of July picnics have evolved, transforming as a basket delivery packed with classic Independence Day fare. Organize family members, friends, and neighbors to deliver baskets of holiday bites from Corpus Christi Meal Prep, Nueces Cafe, or Dagon Produce at a participant's house. Choose the timing for a virtual picnic over Zoom to enjoy feasting together. 

Have a red, white, and blue glow-stick dance party 

Get creative with your family and get your heart pumping with a red, white, and blue glow-stick dance party. There's no party until there is good music, so pick up a few of your favorite records from Hybrid Records or Disco Round to get the party started. 

Don't forget the fireworks!

Although some popular local firework celebrations remain canceled, the magical light show must go on. Viewable from the comfort of your home, of course. Tune in to watch the City of Aransas Pass Police Department firework display virtually on the Red Dragon Pirate Cruises’ website at www.reddragonpiratecruises.com

As you decide the best way for you and your family to celebrate, it's essential to keep in mind the potential impact of your choice on others. Take precautions to slow the spread of coronavirus and enjoy the holiday at the same time!