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4th of July Around the US During Coronavirus


4th of July may look a little different this year but that doesn’t mean it can’t be exciting and memorable. Various cities around the US still plan on providing fun activities, with different options that are sure to keep everyone entertained and feeling joyous, regardless of the circumstances. From virtual 5k’s to real life firework shows from a distance, any American who chooses to partake is sure to have a blast this 4th. If you don't have plans set in stone yet or are simply curious about various offerings that are available, read on for information about what some cities plan to offer this year! 

  • Explore Museums and National Monuments Virtually: Quarantine life has surely been difficult in many ways but one aspect of life that has improved for many of us is our access to museums throughout America. Various institutions around the U.S. have opened their doors online, providing free digital viewing at their exhibits. For the 4th this year, try celebrating the holiday by exploring the history of our country with virtual visits to the the Statue of LibertyGeorge Washington's Mount VernonNASA, or the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
  • Philadelphia Online Tour: Philadelphia is a city that has clearly been an integral part of our countries creation and history. After all, It was the first capital of the United States and the location where the founding fathers drafted the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and Articles of Confederation. Enjoy exploring the iconic historical sights such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and the Betsy Ross House with Visit Philadelphia's nifty online tour. This tour is complete with video, narration, and 360-degree photos.
  • Virtual 5k's: 4th of July 5k runs present an opportunity for runners- and strollers alike- to energize themselves and release endorphins in a fun way. More recently, online groups have started to offer many virtual runs that anyone can participate in at their own speed, anywhere across the U.S. So throw on your sneakers and enjoy some fresh air while celebrating the U.S.!
  • NYC fireworks: For anyone who is interested in viewing the NYC Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show but can't make it to the Big Apple (or doesn't want to expose themselves to crowds at the moment), the Macy's 4th of July fireworks will be televised on NBC on July 4th. The streaming will also include footage of displays from previous nights along with music and tributes to essential and healthcare workers who continue to do so much for our country throughout this pandemic.
  • Other Televised Fireworks: Although many firework displays this year have been cancelled, some cities, such as Nashville and Boston, still plan on televising their events which will include live performances in addition to previously recorded material. Try arranging for everyone in your circle to tune in over conference call so that you can appreciate the beauty of the show together!
  • Fireworks in D.C.: Our nation's capital is a great place to celebrate the country. Even though some Fourth of July ceremonies have been cancelled in D.C. this year, the fireworks will still take place as planned. Military demonstrations, flyovers, and music will all be a part of this effort to honor our country's veterans and service members. For the finale, the celebration will include a fireworks display over the National Mall. The show will also be available for virtual viewing on PBS on Saturday, July 4, from 8-9:30 p.m. ET.
  • Santa Clarita 2020 Spirit of America Fireworks Spectacular: Santa Clarita’s show over Westfield Valencia Town Center will be one of the few outdoor fireworks shows in the area this year. There will be restrictions due to Covid-19 and the show will begin at 9:15 p.m. on July 4. Check out the link here for more information.
  • Rancho Cucamonga Community Fireworks Show: Rancho Cucamonga, CA plans to host a free, 15- minute fireworks show that will take place near Chaffey College. No viewers will be allowed on the campus. Spectators are welcome to watch the show from wherever they are at in the city or through Facebook Live (@CityofRanchoCucamonga).
  • 4th of July in Boston: Even though Boston’s annual Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will not happen in-person this year, the city plans to broadcast The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, A Boston Pops Salute to Our Heroes. This will air on Bloomberg Radio Boston’s WHDH-TV, and Bloomberg Television on Saturday, July 4, starting at 8 p.m. ET.
With all the options out there (including some that aren't listed above), we hope that you find a way to have an enjoyable 4th of July no matter what's going on in the world. To celebrate 4th of July and all the amazing cities and states in the U.S., we'd love to hear from our readers about what makes their town the BestPlace to live.  Above all else, stay safe out there and enjoy this exciting holiday, wherever you are at! 
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