We will soon be celebrating the 244th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed and the birth of the new nation took place in Philadelphia. Citizens across the country have celebrated the holiday ever since with parades, backyard barbecues, family picnics, and usually finish the evening watching elaborate firework displays that would light up the skies.
The July 4th celebration this year will be significantly different than any other previously experienced. Many cities and towns across America have cancelled large parades and public events due to the coronavirus pandemic. Families will still find ways to celebrate with backyard picnics but with probably smaller groups of people. Many large cities will be adhering to CDC guidelines and will scale down Independence Day celebrations by cancelling parades and large fireworks displays.
The alternative for many families this year will be to hit the road. The recent reduction in gas prices has created an incentive for the longer family road trip. GasBuddy is predicting that gas stations across the country will be posting the lowest average gas prices over the 4th of July weekend since 2005. The chance to travel with the family and experience the many wonderful sites and monuments located across the United States might be a different way to celebrate a very different Independence Day.
Please remember to celebrate the holiday by being smart and safe.