How are you planning to celebrate Independence Day? Although we may not be celebrating in the usual manner, there are still many ways to have fun on this special summer holiday. Our agents have given us their suggestions for safe socially distant ways to mark the occasion.
Be In The Room Where It Happens
What better way to mark the Fourth of July than to go back in time and be part of the events surrounding the Declaration of Independence? Sadly we don’t have a time machine, but thanks to Lin-Manual Miranda and Disney Plus, we can virtually take you there. From July 3rd, the movie version of the award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton will be available to watch on Disney Plus - but you’ll need a subscription. Mariette Scheele will be watching - “I couldn’t get tickets to the show when it came to Boston so I am excited to finally get the chance to see it”. If historical musicals aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other topical movies to watch - why not set up a backyard movie theater and watch Will Smith save the planet in Independence Day?
A BBQ or cookout is a popular way to mark the holiday, and the experts agree that a small backyard BBQ is one of the safer activities you can do at this time - as long as you are careful and observe the social distancing guidelines. Naomi DeLairre enjoys preparing desserts on a red, white and blue theme, taking the American flag as inspiration. Strawberries and blueberries are perfect for this, and taste especially delicious if you picked them yourself. This recipe for a Patriotic Trifle is one of Naomi’s favorites.
Getting outside and playing games is one of the most fun and active things to do this year. There are many games you can play that keep you at a safe social distance from others - Ides Figueiredo suggests cornhole, backyard badminton, or bocce ball as a fun activity that involves the whole family. Or why not involve the neighbors in a giant game of tic-tac-toe on the sidewalk? For more ideas check out this article.
One of the traditional 4th of July events for Bostonians, this year the Boston Pops concert will be a little different. The concert has gone virtual, and is being billed as a “Salute to Our Heroes”, celebrating the work of health-care professionals and other essential workers - the “everyday heroes”. Jane Byrne says “It wouldn’t be 4th of July without the Pops, so I’m pleased we are able to enjoy their music once again this year”. Broadcast at 8 pm on Boston’s Channel 7 WHDH, the concert will include musical performances from previous years, plus some newly recorded performance pieces, video messages, and even a pre-recorded fireworks display.
S’mores and Stargazing
Keeping it simple is often the most fun. Erica Carson plans an evening sharing s’mores with her husband and dog, and is hoping for a clear night. “Watching the stars on a crystal clear night by the ocean is as good as any fireworks!”