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How COVID-19 will affect Fourth of July Destinations in Say States

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By Erin Thompson on June 29, 2020 in Travel

Here at Say, we realize that our customers enjoy traveling. While your summer travel plans might look a little different than in the past, take a look at our list of the best Fourth of July celebrations, with new COVID-19 restrictions taken into account!


Grand Lake - Do you prefer spending your Fourth of July on the lake? Grand Lake’s Fourth of July celebration can be heard all the way to Denver. Although it’s a small town, their celebration is the opposite of that! Fireworks are displayed over 7,500 feet in the sky, so you won’t be able to ignore the beautiful scenery in the background. Unfortunately, due to state restrictions, they have decided to cancel this year's fireworks. Plan to grab your sparklers and marshmallows and head to Grand Lake for a remarkable Fourth of July holiday next year!


Peoria - For the past 33 years, Peoria Fireworks has put on the largest firework display in Illinois. The celebration typically begins on July 3rd, but due to COVID-19, this year’s show is canceled. No alternate plans are available yet, but we hope the celebration will make a comeback in 2021. Meanwhile in Chicago, suburbs such as Orland Park, Matteson, and Romeoville have decided to continue with the Fourth of July celebrations! Visit the Chicago Tribune for information on fireworks that will be displayed high enough to see from the comfort of your driveway!


Kansas City – In the past, you might’ve enjoyed the KC Riverfest for the Fourth of July at the Berkley Riverfront, but due to COVID-19, alternative plans were made in order to adapt to social distancing guidelines. Check out Lenexa’s annual Freedom run which is virtual for 2020 or the Hometown Parade which switched to a porch parade format. The city asks that residents and businesses decorate their front porches as a part of the 2020 competition using the theme “There’s No Place Like Home.” Use the afternoon to drive by these houses and take in the patriotic pride!


Lake of the Ozarks – Voted one of the top 10 firework displays in the nation, The Lodge of Four Seasons at the Lake of the Ozarks has a lot to offer on your 2020 Fourth of July adventure. The firework display begins at dusk, and families can enjoy an up-close firework display from the dock of the Lodge. You’ll be so near the action that when the fireworks fall from the sky, you hear them sizzle on the water! Make sure to keep your distance from other families at this location, the CDC still recommends 6 ft. between strangers!


Nashville – The ‘Let Freedom Sing’ fireworks are a fan favorite. In the past, the event featured two stages for live performances and an incredible firework display, however, this year’s show will look a little different. Nashville plans to televise the event for all of America because they aren’t allowing any park visitors! You can watch it locally on NewsChannel5 or watch it live at!

If your favorite local firework show is canceled and you’re looking for somewhere to watch fireworks, check out A Capital Fourth on your local PBS station from 7:00 to 8:30 PM CST. This is the 40th year, so you can trust they know what they’re doing!

While this year’s celebrations are certainly going to be unconventional, don’t forget to share your experiences with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Erin Thompson is the Marketing Manager for Say Insurance. She's responsible for guiding the strategic direction of all Say marketing campaigns. Prior to joining Say, Erin worked for a media agency based in Columbia, MO. She spent several years developing successful advertising campaigns for a diverse set of clients across the United States. Erin began her career in television advertising after earning her Master’s from the University of Missouri Journalism School with an emphasis in Strategic Communication. Her love of communication and helping people directed her to the insurance world.