Hoping to infuse some patriotic flair into your COVID-altered Fourth of July celebrations? While traditional favorites like parades and concerts might not be available this year, don’t let social distancing put a damper on your patriotic summer plans. Here are four ways to celebrate with friends and family while staying safe and healthy.

Host a virtual picnic.

Grill up those hot dogs and burgers, roll out your picnic blanket in the courtyard, and join your friends and family virtually for a new twist on your traditional holiday lunch. At a scheduled time, tune into Zoom or Google Hangouts and enjoy your afternoon together. Park Del Amo has a great grill space and recreation area, so barbecuing will be a breeze. In the spirit of competition, host your own hot-dog-eating competition.

Play online trivia games. 

Online game packages are a fun way to connect families for fun, interactive challenges. And no, you don’t even need to have the latest gaming console. Look into games like Kahoot! or  JackBox to connect friends and family in different locations to the same game. With Kahoot!, you could even create your own patriotic-themed trivia game.

Host a summer-themed movie marathon.

There are oodles of American pop-culture- and patriotic-themed movies to enjoy as a family. From new releases like the much-anticipated Hamilton musical (premiering July 3 on Disney+) to favorites like American Graffiti, Stand by Me, A League of Their Own, or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, cozy up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and your favorite soda and catch a flick.

Play a virtual version of Name That Tune.

Think you know all the top summer party songs over the years? Create a Spotify playlist of the top summer hits for the past few decades and loop in your family and friends on Zoom or Google Hangouts for a special edition of Name That Summer Tune. You could even host a bonus lipsyncing round of the game on Marco Polo or Snapchat.

While some of our favorite traditional Independence Day celebrations might have been canceled or look significantly different this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t still spend time with family and friends and create new traditions and memories. Tap into technology to host that virtual picnic and play online trivia games or Name That Tune before settling in for an evening movie marathon. From all of us here at Park Del Amo, have a happy Fourth of July!