The 4th of July is right around the corner, and it’s a time many families look forward to celebrating. Coronavirus may have put a damper on some larger community activities, but it doesn’t have to keep you from having a good time. There are plenty of ways to safely celebrate and make it a fun day for the whole family.
Host a Neighborhood Parade
The HOA can encourage members to decorate bikes and wagons with streamers, banners, and balloons, then walk through the neighborhood for everyone to enjoy. Have someone lead the group playing festive music to get everyone in the spirit. Just make sure participants stay at least six feet apart. Neighbors can sit in their driveway or on the sidewalk and watch people pass by.
Fire Up the Grill
Families can grill up their own hotdogs and hamburgers as part of a 4th of July cookout. Or, if the association wants to do a community event, they can prepare the food and then safely distribute individual or family portions for members to take with them. People can spread out on the grass and have a picnic to celebrate together while still keeping a safe distance apart.
Use the grill or a small firepit to roast marshmallows for smores. This is a fun activity that kids are sure to enjoy. They could even roast hotdogs first if you’re feeling especially festive. Maybe even hold your own hotdog eating contest?
Bake Festive Treats
Now is a great time to try your hand at a red, white, and blue cake or fruit tart, some deliciously iced cupcakes, or cookies with patriotic sprinkles. There are plenty of recipes online for 4th of July desserts. Find something you haven’t made before or go with a trusted favorite.
Give kids paper, markers, glitter, glue, streamers, pipe cleaners, and other art supplies and let them go wild making patriotic decorations. They can put them up indoors so others can see them through the windows or outdoors around the patio.
If the community pool is open, you may be able to spend a bit of time there, or you can set up a sprinkler or kiddie pool in your own backyard. Give your kids some water balloons or water guns and let them have a blast. They could even run around and spray their friends while being able to keep safely apart.
You may not be able to cram into the local park for a fireworks display, but you may be able to find a parking lot where you can stay in your car and see still all of the activity. Find out where fireworks will be launched from and pick a spot where you can enjoy them from afar. You may even be able to see some from your own neighborhood. You can also buy some sparklers or other small fireworks to safely set off on your own street, if it is allowed by your HOA and city.
No fireworks near you? Turn on the TV or go online and watch a streaming fireworks display. It’s not quite the same as being there, but you’ll still be able to hear the music and see the beautiful bursts of color light up the sky.
Get into the spirit this year by planning a variety of fourth of July activities to keep your family entertained. Find out what the HOA has planned as well and if there is anything you can participate in. If your HOA needs help with organizing activities, communicating changes, or simply keeping up with day-to-day tasks, Kuester is here to help. Contact us today to learn more.