The fireworks have been cancelled, but we’re still finding ways to get festive this Independence Day! From listing to a reading of the Declaration of Independence to getting the party started with your own pinwheel parade, we’ve found the best virtual celebrations along with some must-try crafts. Read on for how to celebrate the 4th of July this weekend.

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A Virtual History Lesson
Celebrate Independence Day with the New York Historical Society. They have a whole day’s worth of programming planned, including a speech by Frederick Douglass delivered by historical interpreter Joel Cook, a deep dive into Jackie Robinson’s legacy of activism with the Jackie Robinson Museum, and sing-alongs that give voice to struggles and hopes throughout American history. Sat. Event details. 

DIY a Pinwheel Parade
Learn how to create your own pinwheel and then host your own parade. Historic Richmond Town is also sharing a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Staten Island youth, a virtual pie baking demonstration and tour of the Guyon-Lake Tysen Farmhouse. Sat. Event details.

A Reading of the Declaration of Independence
Join the National Archives for its first-ever virtual July 4th celebration! For 50 years, the Archives has celebrated the founding of the United States that includes a traditional reading ceremony of the Declaration of Independence on the Museum steps. This year, the National Archives will lift the words of the Declaration of Independence off of its well-worn parchment paper and bring them to homes across the country online, while providing a host of educational activities for the whole family. Sat. Event details. 

Light it Up for Liberty
Make your own Statue of Liberty crown and torch to celebrate the 4th this year. You can find the tutorial here. Or check out the other 36 festive projects to celebrate the 4th. Activity details. 

July 4th Oration—The Struggle for Justice Continues
Using the 1852 address by Douglass as a framework, the Oration examines issues of liberty, citizenship, civic engagement and social responsibility from the historical perspective in light of contemporary injustice. Amidst contemporary crises, Frederick Douglass’s address rings out from history, reminding us we must learn from the past to create the future all Americans deserve. Sat. Event details

California Center for the Arts Virtual 4th of July Festival
Since this year’s fireworks celebration is cancelled, California Center for the Arts will be bringing you a virtual festival with events kicking off at 3 p.m. From crafts with the kiddos to Broadway stars singing your favorite songs to their annual tradition of Marine Band there will be something for everyone! Sat. Event details


— Meghan Yudes Meyers