Lessons From Celebrating a Holiday in a Lockdown

So, how was your 4th of July? Did you celebrate our nation’s independence day with such fun and revelry as you used to. I bet $100 you did not. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. July 4, 2020 will be marked in history as an Independence Day that Americans celebrated indoors. Did that sound sad? Yes, it is. For sure, so many of us had to content themselves with scaled-down celebrations that pale in comparison with past celebrations. Well, July 4th came and went and I am sure so many of us have regrets on how we celebrated Independence Day.

But then, there might still be some more holidays to come with everyone still in the comforts of their home while the threat of coronavirus still rages outdoors. Let’s not hope for that to happen, but if projections are correct, we will still have the pandemic until the vaccines go into production until September, which means we will most certainly spend Labor Day in the pandemic period.  So, with that in mind, let us remember the lessons we learned in what was possibly the weirdest holiday we experienced in our lifetimes.

Spending the holidays indoors

Holidays, unless we’re talking about Christmas and Thanksgiving, is best spend outdoors. Independence Day has always been connected to outdoor picnics and other activities that are best done out of our houses. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic cramped pretty much everyone’s style, so we had a weird way of celebrating. But the next time, we should be more ready.

It goes against our American instincts to stay inside on Independence Day. Celebrations are typically built around gathering with friends and family outdoors. But with coronavirus case numbers on a rapid incline, your standard Fourth of July group activities are not advisable this year.

(Via: https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/tips/best-virtual-fourth-july-events-firework-shows-declaration-independence-reading/)

Fireworks in a lockdown

Of course, one of the most popular activities during the 4th of July is fireworks displays. This year, there may still have been some of that, but they were done in a more communal setting, and most of us indoors. So, what else can we do but just appreciate the fireworks from inside our homes and take pictures. But do you know how to take fantastic pictures that will give the spectacular firework displays justice?

With so many of the usual fun photo opportunities curtailed this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, fireworks are one of the few things remaining to be photographed, so here are a few tips to make it more fun and successful.

(Via: https://www.theadanews.com/news/lifestyles/picture-this-how-to-photograph-fireworks/article_d29d0915-a836-58fc-891f-298860174b9a.html)

Holidays! Sales!

What better way of spending any holiday indoors than to spend? Shopping is one activity we can now embrace as an indoor as we are being encouraged to stay indoors. So, the indoor shopping frenzy we experienced with websites giving huge discounts during the 4th of July should be a sort of test run for this year’s bigger and better Cyber Monday, as for sure, Black Friday 2020 will be more solemn (imagine shoppers getting their temperature checked and hands disinfected before scrambling for TVs and fridges in Target, and no pushing or shoving to observe physical and social distancing, mind you, which makes you wonder where’s the fun in that?) and will move online.

The only way to fight the spread of this potentially deadly disease is to wear face masks every time we go out, practice social distancing, and constantly wash our hands since good hygiene is a must. Yes, all that will put a damper on your Fourth of July plans, but it’ll also save lives. And if it’s any consolation, there are tons of deals out there to take advantage of this year for the holiday.

(Via: https://bgr.com/2020/07/04/july-4th-sales-2020-best-deals-and-freebies-restaurants-food/)

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