July 4th 2020 – Are we going to be having our parades?

July 4th is Governor Holcomb’s target date to have our state fully reopened following the COVID-19 shutdowns. We’ve been walking through each phase of his plan since May. As of right now, things are looking good.

Unfortunately, progress isn’t soon enough for our July 4th celebrations. This pandemic will affect many July 4th celebrations across the state and county. Each city across Indiana is looking into CDC recommendations and making their own calls. How will they proceed with their festivals? Will the parades go on? Can they shoot off fireworks and maintain social distancing?

Follow your local community Facebook page to keep up to date on COVID-19 protocols they are taking. Like our Facebook page as well for updates, as we see local information for surrounding cities, we will repost it for your convenience too.

This Year Make it Your Own

This July 4th may look a little different, and traditions may need to be changed just a little bit for everyone’s health and safety, but remember we are all #inthistogether.

Despite the parade viewers not flooding downtown streets and community fireworks not lighting up the night sky, look to a brighter side. 

Americans have “shown tremendous courage and spirit in the fight against this global pandemic just as our forefathers did in the fight to secure our independence, and both deserve celebration on America’s birthday this year,” stated Press Secretary Judd Deere.

Ideas for an at-home July 4th Celebration:

  • Scavenger Hunt with neighbors
  • backyard cookout & games – check Pinterest for great ideas
  • Red, White, & Blue Home decoration contest – Zoom with the family to show off your home or compete with neighbors.
  • Bike Parade – Decorate your bike and make your own parade. Hit a nearby trail or just through your neighborhood. Wave at everyone you pass and wish them a Happy July 4th.
  • Sparklers & Fireworks at home – Whether you put on a solo home show or go into it with neighbors, please remember to be responsible and abide by local laws when picking out your display. 
  • Bonfire instead of fireworks – Maybe this Year, you sit around a bonfire and roast marshmallows & hotdogs instead of fireworks.

These are unprecedented times that are affecting all parts of life, and please remember to be safe and responsible this holiday season. We hope everyone has a lovely July 4th. Share your pictures and use #familyspecialmoments to show how you celebrate this July 4th.