What to Do on July 4th When the Florida Beaches are Closed

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Just because you can’t go to the beach doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.

Beaches and barbecues are the norm for South Florida July 4th celebrations. But this year, beaches in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach will be closed Fourth of July weekend as officials monitor the rising number of new coronavirus cases in Florida. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez says all beaches and parks in the county will close from Friday, July 3, through Tuesday, July 7. Closures could be extended if conditions do not improve and if people do not follow the rules.

Beaches in Broward County will be closed from July 3 through July 5 and Palm Beach County beaches will close for the holiday weekend.

So, what is there left to do if the beaches are closed? Instead of wasting time trying to find out what’s open and what’s closed, here are some fun activities that you can still do while social distancing.

For those choosing to stay home, a BBQ or delicious feast is still doable. You can plan something inexpensive and fire up the grill or bake patriotic desserts with the family. Or, throw a big barbecue for your small close-knit quarantine squad. You can even set off your own fireworks when evening comes.

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Summer days in sunny South Florida are hot, so between sprinklers and a fun hose extension, you can create a waterpark right at home. The kids will be entertained and cooled off for hours and your plants and lawn will have a good watering too.

For those that want to venture out of the house, consider celebrating with a picnic in the park or get active and go for a relaxing or even adventurous bike ride.

Celebrations aren’t as fun if there’s no games. Maybe throw a July 4th themed game night filled with card and board games or throw on a classic movie since movie theaters are still closed.

There’s still so much you can do this Fourth of July, so make the best of it and have lots of fun!

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