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Senior-Friendly Fourth of July Events Near Fort Myers

The Fourth of July fireworks and parade may be canceled this year, but Fort Myers seniors can still have a blast this Independence Day. 

Because social distancing is still the best way to stay safe this summer, we’ve created a list of ideas for activities you can enjoy at home.

Look to the Skies

There will be no annual Freedom Fest in Fort Myers, but there is still excitement in the air. In lieu of a fireworks display, the River District Alliance has enlisted the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team to fly over the City of Fort Myers in their World War II aircraft. This aerial salute to America will take place on July 4, and will be visible from most areas of Fort Myers. More details and the flight path will be available closer to the event.

Fire Up the Grill

Community cookouts may be canceled, but don’t let that stop you from bringing the barbecue to your backyard. It’s just not a Fourth of July celebration without classic cookout fare like hamburgers, hot dogs, and potato salad. 

Though you can’t go wrong with traditional preparations, if you are looking for a new twist, check out some of these recipes for a patriotic party spread. No Fourth of July cookout is complete without a table filled with sweets. These red, white, and blue desserts are perfect for your star-spangled celebration.

Decorate the Halls (and the Living Room, and the Kitchen)

Before you sit down for your Fourth of July feast, be sure that your house is as festive as the food. A quick trip to your local craft supplier — or even the dollar store — and you’re ready to create easy, quick red, white, and blue decorations that are sure to impress.

Show your friends and neighbors your patriotic side with one of these simple DIY door hangers and these flag-inspired Mason jars that are both festive and functional. Fill them with flowers for a table centerpiece or use them to hold utensils for the buffet line.

Give Thanks for Freedom

America’s Independence Day is the perfect opportunity to stop and reflect on our country’s freedom and the men and women who fight and have fought to maintain it. 

If you know someone who is active or retired military, take a minute and say thanks. If you served in the military, share an important experience with a friend or family member. When we pass along our stories, they will always be remembered.

Enjoy a Virtual Fireworks Display

Though it’s not quite the same as experiencing the explosive thrill of a Fourth of July extravaganza in person, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can view some of America’s most magnificent fireworks displays from your own living room.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) will air its annual A Capitol Fourth event from Washington, D.C., complete with performances by world-famous musical guests and a breathtaking fireworks show. You can also watch New York City’s always spectacular Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks on your local NBC station.

Though many of us will be celebrating the Fourth of July a bit differently this year, seniors don’t have to miss out on all of the things we look forward to that make the day special. The fireworks and the parades may be canceled, but they can’t cancel fun! 

With a little creativity, seniors can celebrate Independence Day safely while still enjoying a mix of the traditional — and the less traditional — Fourth of July festivities we love. And it won’t be long before we are able to get back to enjoying all of the local senior-friendly activities and events that make Fort Myers the best place to spend your retirement years!

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Teresa Keating, RN

About the Author: Teresa Keating, RN

Teresa is a registered nurse with 30 years’ experience working with the senior population in England, Tennessee and Florida. Originally from Weymouth, Dorset, England she has been involved in all areas of healthcare in a post-acute care setting including hospitals, rehabilitation and home health. Her experience includes being a business owner, marketing director and a director of nursing. Teresa is married to Gary for over 20 years and has two children.