For millions of Americans, celebrating 4 July comes with certain rituals and traditions.
Parades, public fireworks displays and large family reunions are some of the most popular ways Americans mark the nation’s independence from Britain in 1776.
But this year is set to look a little different. Here’s why.
1) Cancelled parades
Sadly, it looks like the floats will have to stay in the garage this year.
Cities around the US have cancelled their annual parades as cases of coronavirus continue to rise. The National Independence Day Parade in Washington DC is the highest-profile casualty.
“Covid-19 infection levels will not be abated to the degree that it would be safe,” its organisers said in a rather downcast statement.
But others have approached things with