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5 Fun and Safe Things to do This July Fourth Weekend in Boston


The weekend of July 4th is usually spent having fun with family and friends celebrating America's Independence. This year, however, it will be a little different due to the Coronavirus. You might not be able to do the same things you normally do due to some restrictions and for your safety, but that shouldn't stop you from still having fun. Here are a few ways you can have a fun and safe July 4th weekend with your loved ones.

  1. Have a BBQ or cookout in your backyard. If you don't have a backyard, that's ok. You can still grill in your kitchen. Although you can't be with all your friends and family, you can set up a virtual hangout on Zoom and play trivia, games, and still enjoy the day together, while being socially distant.

  2. The Boston Pops will still be holding their annual show with a virtual performance. Their "Salute to our Heroes" 3'hour show will open with the singing of "America the Beautiful" by Brian Stokes Mitchell, include favorite performances from previous years, new performances by the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops, a performance by Renese King with Keith Lockhart, and will end with a pre-recorded fireworks display. It will air at 8 pm on Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg.com, and Boston's Channel 7 WHDH.

  3. Hop in your car and go to a drive-in. There are two movie theaters about an hour away from Boston that will be playing movies 4th of July weekend. The Mendon Twin Drive-In will be showing The Jungle Book (2016), Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Ghostbusters (1984), and Deadpool. The Leicester Drive-In will be showing Back to the Future and Jaws.

  4. Host a camp-out or camp-in in your backyard or living room. You can set up a movie screen and play Patriotic movies like Independence Day, National Treasure, Captain America, and the classic, but not really family-friendly, Jaws. Or just watch one of your favorite movies. Other fun activities to do on your camp-out is to make s' mores, tell ghost stories, and play games.

  5. Get outside and enjoy nature. Take a stroll through your neighborhood, have a scavenger hunt, or walk The Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile red line through Boston showing 16 historical landmarks. Some of the places may not be open to the public right now, like the museums, but all outside sites are open. Before you venture out, check out their online learning resources that include virtual tours and hands-on activities, for a more interactive experience.

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