2020 is the perfect year to create new family traditions to commemorate America’s birthday. While many annual parades and fireworks shows are on hold this year to promote social distancing, you can still sport your red, white and blue this Fourth of July and enjoy these family-friendly activities.
Catch Fireworks from Your Car
Chapel Hill will not be hosting its annual fireworks display, but if you’re up for a drive, you can still feel their mighty booms and bursts on Thursday, July 2. Selma is hosting the All-American Fireworks Display Show for spectators to enjoy from the safety of their own vehicle. The show will begin at 9:15 p.m., and spectators are encouraged to get there early to claim their parking space in the “Catch-Me-Eye” area of Selma in the vicinity of Hwy 70 and Hwy 301.
Celebrate with Our Nation’s Capital
Every year, Washington, D.C. puts on one of the most phenomenal fireworks spectaculars and concerts to commemorate Independence Day. PBS will be airing the Capital Fourth celebration on Saturday, July 4 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The 35-minute long show will be set to music and capture the fireworks lighting up the sky over the National Mall from 20 different camera angles.
Parade Your Family’s Patriotism
Be the grand marshal of your own family parade. Decorate bicycles, wagons and strollers with red, white and blue crepe paper, balloons and flags. Have your family get decked out in patriotic clothes, hats, sunglasses and necklaces, and feel free to accessorize the dog too. For music, download songs from the Star-Spangled Fourth of July Soundtrack and play them on a small portable speaker. Select a route through your neighborhood and start your parade, waving to neighbors and throwing candy to kids along the way.
Make the Stars and Stripes Edible
This classic American Flag Cake recipe is a staple at Fourth of July barbeques for its tasty twist on the red, white and blue. Easy to make and extra satisfying when served cold on a hot summer day, it’s the perfect dessert for celebrating our independence. To make it extra yummy, get your berries at the Chapel Hill Farmers Market or pick your own at a local farm.
Host a “Pools Party”
Pools are one of the most popular places to spend a balmy July afternoon. With limited capacity this year and many pools using a reservation system, take the fun into your own hands and make a splash with a “Pools Party.” That’s right, pools with an S. Order individual inflatable pools for each of your guests and space them out a few feet apart in your yard. Fill them with water and then watch the fun flow for hours.
Have a happy 4th of July from all of your friends at Glen Lennox.