Let’s hear it for the Red, White, and Blue! As California continues to open in stages, don’t let social distancing dampen your patriotic summer plans. Here are four ways to celebrate with friends and family while still being responsible.

1. Virtual Picnic

Once you’ve decided on a menu, share the idea with your family, neighbors, and friends. Then, at a scheduled time, tune into Zoom or Google Hangouts and prepare your meals together. Pacific Palms has a fantastic grill space and recreation area, so cooking is a breeze. In the spirit of competition, vote on who made the most impressive hot dog toppings combination or the most patriotic-looking dessert. Creativity has never been so delicious.

2. Online Games

Online game packages are a fun way to connect families for fun, interactive games. Look into games like JackBox to connect different locations to the same game. Then let the fun and laughter commence!

3. Movie Marathon

There are plenty of patriotic and American Pop Culture-themed movies to enjoy as a family. From new releases like Hamilton (premiering July 3 on Disney+) to endearing classics like The Sandlot or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, spend some time during the summer festivities to catch a meaningful and historically iconic flick.

4. Name That Tune (Virtual Edition)

How well do you know your summer party tunes? Gather your virtual family together on Zoom or Google Hangouts for a special edition of Name That Patriotic Tune. Sites like Pandora and Spotify offer customized playlists filled with patriotic-themed songs. Be sure to offer extra points for singing your answer!

Yes, the 4th of July will have a different look this year, but that doesn’t mean the time you spend together can’t be meaningful and fun. By turning to technology, you can bring your loved ones together in creative ways. Who knows? You may start new traditions among old friends.