An area that tends to thrive during holidays such as the 4th of July, although COVID-19 has changed things across the country, the celebration will surely continue in 2020. Nevertheless, many things have changed and if you're preparing to spend your holiday in Boston this year, there are a few things you need to be aware of. With that in mind, here is a list of things that will different about the 4th of July in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
One of the main things to beware of is that, like many other areas, Boston does still have a mask mandate in place. Be sure to bring your masks and that you are wearing them in public places. This applies to everyone over the age of 2 years old. Be sure that you have enough masks to stay safe for the entire vacation and if you are wearing reusable masks, be sure that you have the time to wash them as necessary.
If you are planning on spending your 4th of July at Cape Cod this year there are a few things you should know. First of all, the visiting centers are closed. However, Carlstrom has assured us that they will still be there to provide people with information and there will still orientations outside on center grounds. Additionally, the historic buildings will be closed and there will be no programming. Also, be mindful when spending time on the beaches as staff reductions have resulted in Herring Cove Beach and Head of the Meadow Beach being left without lifeguards. Lastly, while restrooms will remain open and will be sanitized regularly, the use of public showers has been discontinued until further notice.
In terms of the massive traditional celebration, Boston Pops, there is both good news and bad news. While the live performances have been canceled, the celebration will be broadcasted on television for all to enjoy. This year the theme is, "A Boston Pop Salute to Our Heroes", and will pay tribute to the frontline and essential workers who are helping to keep us safe and thriving amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although it is usually one of the most massive 4th of July events in the entire country, this year, the Harborfest has been canceled. If you were planning to travel to Boston to take part in this treasured event, unfortunately, that is no longer an option.
On a lighter note, the Freedom Trail, which is a 3-hour guided tour offered every Independence Day, seems to be still on track. However, keep in mind that social distancing and masks rules will be observed. Nevertheless, this is a great place to go on a 4th of July outing with the entire family.
Overall, although it may not be what we're used to, there are still a variety of events to take advantage of in Boston this 4th of July. As long as you plan ahead and stay in compliance with all COVID-19 rules and regulations, you can still have a great time with your family this year.