Independence Day in Texas is usually all about the stars, stripes, banners waving, flags billowing, and so on. However, this year, it’s also about social distancing. The irony is that we’re planning to celebrate freedom while the majority of our country is in lockdown mode or is facing new mandates for quarantines. That being said, the holiday will go on regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic and in spite of a lack of local parades, parties, and fireworks displays. If you’re looking for ways to have a safe yet fun, social-distancing Fourth of July, here are some ideas on how you and your family can roll through these very different times!
1. Backyard Fireworks
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Those who plan to gather in small, safe groups of family and friends which are included in their social bubbles might take comfort in having some backyard fireworks. While the larger displays may be canceled, spending time together enjoying an epic fireworks display from the back porch is still a great way to have fun, recognizing a social-distancing Fourth of July. Perhaps visiting your local pop-up fireworks stand, getting the kids some sparklers, and adding a small cookout is the way to go! No one does backyard barbecues like we do here in the Lone Star State. Combing the two is fun, safe, and makes for a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday!
2. Museums on Us Weekend
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Bank of America sponsors the Museums on Us program, celebrating some of America’s most talented artists. They offer free admission to over 220 such cultural institutions across the country over the first full weekend of each month. In July, that happens to fall on the holiday weekend! In Texas, program participants are listed here in Austin, Canyon, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio! The promotion provides free general admission to those who present a Bank of America, Merrill, or Bank of America Private Bank (US Trust) debit or credit card, in addition to photo I.D.
3. Socially Distanced Patio Parties
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Check with your local breweries and distilleries for socially distanced patio parties. Even though many Texas restaurants and bars have had capacity numbers capped or reduced, if you call ahead and book in advance, the chances that you may get in on a social distancing Fourth of July event are good. Outdoor patios are a great place to enjoy music or good food while celebrating the holiday, and it helps to make things seem a little more “normal.” An outdoor beer or cocktail bar doesn’t hurt either!