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How to Celebrate the 4th of July this year?

Celebrating July 4th in 2020

John Adams, second president of the United States, told us to mark Independence Day with “Pomp and Parade, with Shows, Games, Sports, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations”. For the first time in memory, a lot of these traditional activities are on hold due to the pandemic. However, here are some solid alternatives to the fireworks displays, the concerts, and 5Ks, many of which are canceled or postponed.

Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence, annually held at the Morristown Green, will be offered virtually. Go to Morristown National Historical Park’s Facebook page on Saturday, July 4 at 1:00 p.m. for history of the document and then a rousing rendition of the Declaration by costumed park rangers. Go to: Facebook.com/MorristownNPS Co-sponsored with the Morris County Tourism Bureau.

Florham Park Car Parade through the municipal complex on Ridgedale Road will take place on July 4th
In addition to residents’ cars, the parade will include fire trucks and police vehicles. To participate, purchase a lawn sign in advance to decorate and have displayed along the parade route. Go to: fpboro.net for more info or call 973-410-5300.

Macy’s Fireworks is the area’s grandest display each year. It will take place, but reimagined. Between June 29 and July 4th there will be five minute “pop-up” fireworks displays, one in each New York City borough. This is intended to discourage large public gatherings. On July 4 between 8:00 pm and 10:00 pm tune to NBC for the annual display to experience it virtually with friends and family at home. For more info: macys.com

Hamilton the Musical Livestream The eagerly awaited “Hamilfilm”, featuring the original Broadway cast and shot in 2016, will be streamed on Disney Plus. To sign up for the monthly service ($6.99) go to https://www.disneyplus.com/ The stream will be available beginning July 3rd. Enjoy the story of Alexander Hamilton-politician, stateman, Founding Father. The event will encourage stay-at-home gatherings for this truly historic “streaming” event during which Disney Plus hopes to attract new subscribers.

Morristown National Historical Park has opened the park to visitors for passive recreation as of June 24th. Go to the park’s website at nps.gov/morr for more info. Five Jockey Hollow parking lots are open as are Fort Nonsense, the Jockey Hollow Tour Road, Jockey Hollow’s 27 miles of trails, the NJ Brigade/Cross Estate and Gardens, the Soldiers Huts and Equestrian trails. All buildings remain closed.
What better way to spend the holiday than at this or any other of our National Parks? FREE

Fireworks to Look Forward to? Most New Jersey towns have canceled their July 4th fireworks. Many towns have rescheduled for September or plan to have an expanded display in 2021. Of course, there are opportunities throughout New Jersey to see fireworks on July 4th but you’ll have to travel, there will be fees and parking restrictions. And you’ll likely have to watch from your vehicle. So, stay home, stay safe, and look forward to next July 4th when we can be together again to celebrate America’s birthday as John Adams recommended.

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