At Home Fourth

Here we go again. It’s round 2 of the Texas shutdown. Last time, the rodeo was canceled, and the current closure came just in time for the July 4th weekend. How do we celebrate the United States’ birthday in confinement? What are the rules? What’s the best way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe?

Staying home for the 4th is the most prudent way to say Happy Birthday America. Here are a few tips and ideas to make the holiday weekend as fun as possible this Fourth of July.

  1. Get your supplies now. If you’re a diehard Independence Day fan, you will want to get your red, white, and blue decor STAT. Remember, less is NOT more when it comes to our country’s birthday. Go hog wild.
  2. Plan the menu. We forget how long the 4th can be. There is the afternoon meal, which usually consists of grilled items, chips, and perhaps a crudité for the healthy family members, but we can’t forget that we have to make it into the night for the fireworks. Make sure you have plenty of food (and maybe some caffeine) to get you through the marathon day.
  3. Entertainment is crucial, especially if you have kids. If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, fantastic. Load it with floaties and pool games for everyone. No pool? No problem. It will be hot, so investing in some backyard water games can be fun for everyone. Not a water person? Backyard games like cornhole and ladder toss will keep the competitive members of your family busy all day.
  4. If you are unable to see fireworks from your porch, you can make it a drive-in 4th. Pack yourself and the family in the car (bring some snacks!) and watch a display from your vehicle. It may be fun to wear your pajamas, especially if they’re red, white, and blue. If you’d prefer to stay at home, safe “fireworks” like sparklers and poppers are fun for everyone. Kids should always be supervised when fire is involved.
  5. Look the part. It’s fun to don festive wear on a holiday. Encourage your brood to put on their patriotic outfits. A “party costume” helps make the day feel special. 


The second shutdown is not fun, but shifting one’s paradigm and creating happiness in times like these is imperative. During quarantine, each day bleeds into the next, so we must grab on to special occasions and make them enjoyable. The break from the monotony is essential for our mental health.


Have a wonderful and safe Fourth of July, Texas!

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