This 4th of July will be much different than in previous years due to COVID-19. Most major events such as fireworks, concerts, and parades have been cancelled or rescheduled as large gatherings aren’t possible.
However you can still have fun, while following social distancing rules. It just takes a bit of creativity. Here are a few suggestions to make the best out of this Independence Day.
Share a Meal
Rhode Island has entered Phase II and restaurants are now offering indoor and outdoor dining. Patrons must wear masks when they aren’t eating or drinking and restaurants are operating at 50% capacity, so reservations are usually required.
Why not head to your favorite place with a view, have a few laughs, and enjoy a good meal? Alternatively, an intimate barbecue in the backyard could be great fun. Just keep your group to 15 persons or less and maintain social distancing. Despite restrictions, Rhode Islanders can still enjoy the freedoms our country has to offer.
Go to the Zoo
Roger Williams Park Zoo is now open daily from 9am – 4pm. You must buy online tickets before you go as they are limiting how many people can enter.
However, strolling around outdoors and visiting the wide array of animals is a great way to share a day with friends and family. You will need to wear a mask and follow one-way paths, but it will still be a welcome way to get out of the house.
Go for a Walk or Bike Ride
All state parks and state beaches are now open, but with limited capacity and parking. Why not talk a walk along the beach or explore one of Rhode Island’s many bike trails? You’ll get a bit of exercise and see a bit of our glorious nation first-hand, plus it’s easy to social distance.
Play a Round of Golf
Rhode Island golf courses are open for play, but operating under new procedures to comply with COVID-19 guidelines. No more than 15 people can gather and reservations are needed for dining in most clubhouses now.
Club rentals are not available and players should call ahead for tee times. Nonetheless, playing nine or 18 holes is a great way to unwind during these chaotic times.
Go to the Drive-In
The Rustic Drive-In in North Smithfield offers movies on Friday and Saturday nights. Visitors can watch their favorite films on one of three screens either inside their vehicle or in chairs in front of their vehicle.
Masks must be worn outside, when windows are open, or if you order food at the stand, but it’s still plenty of fun! Buy tickets in-advance here.
Visit a Historical Site
What better way to celebrate the independence of our nation than to visit a national historic site? Rhode Island is one of the 13 original colonies, and we have some of the most outstanding examples in the nation.
Some, like the Newport Mansions, are open and others can be enjoyed outdoors. Social distancing and face masks are a requirement, but that won’t take away from the grandeur and history you’ll enjoy. Contact the site beforehand as you may need to pre-buy tickets and their hours may differ too.