It’s summer in the city, a truly beautiful sight. And while we’re all ready to get out and celebrate the season, social distancing guidelines are still in full affect. Typically, New Yorkers will treat their family to a holiday at the beach, or watch fireworks along the river. But if you’re not feeling ready to brave the July 4th crowds, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the holiday from the comfort of your own home.

Indoor Cookout

Just because you can’t fire up the grill, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make some of your favorite holiday dishes at home! Burgers, hot dogs, and barbecue (including vegetarian options!) all hold a special place in the American tradition. And just because you’re celebrating indoors, doesn’t mean that you can’t honor the typical July 4th cuisine. Bonus option -- make some red, white, and blue desserts with your kids. Cookies, popsicles, and layered cake are a fun activity for the family to enjoy during this summer holiday. 

Decorate Your Home

Typically, we’d get into the Independence Day spirit by lighting some sparklers and playing outside. But if that’s not a viable option this year, why not decorate your home for the festivities? Streamers, balloons, and homemade posters will help your indoor celebration feel like a fully-fledged party. 

Perfect the Playlist

Music is a major staple in any summer bash, and that is certainly the case this holiday as well. There are countless songs to add to your curated playlist depending on your favorite genres. Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA covers classic rock, Katy Perry’s Firework is a pop hit, Janelle Monae’s Americans fits the funk/hip-hop lineup, and nearly every other country song has a patriotic undertone. Perfecting your July 4th playlist will be a fun way to set the celebratory mood.

Dress Up

A fourth of July themed party is an excellent excuse to play dress up. And why not make it a costume contest? Have your family dress as their favorite American hero, or go wild with red, white, and blue outfits. You can even add some fun-filled makeup to the mix! Once everyone has perfected their costumes, host a celebratory fashion show and strut down your imaginary, living room runway. 

Enjoy an All-American Movie Night

Since it may be difficult to watch the fireworks from home, why not give your family an excellent viewing alternative? There are plenty of patriotic movies easily available to stream -- everything from Captain America to Born on the Fourth of July. (And technically, even Jaws was set on Independence Day). 

And if you’re more of a theatre-goer, why not use this amazing opportunity to stream the hit-musical Hamilton, which will premiere on July 3rd this year. It’s a history lesson, and a sold-out Broadway show -- trust us, you won’t want to throw away your shot at watching Lin Manuel-Miranda perform in the comfort of your own home.