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Top 8 Things to do in Waco this Weekend

July 2-5

2 years ago

By Maddie Lacy

Happy Fourth of July weekend! Although Fourth of July will be a little different this year, there are still lots of fun things to do around Waco to celebrate. From virtual fireworks to shopping downtown, there are lots of ways to make this holiday weekend fun. If you’re looking for a socially distanced weekend, check the June 11-14 blog for some corona-conscious activities!

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1. Celebrate the Fourth of July from home through the City of Waco’s Virtual Fourth on the Brazos. To get a traditional Fourth of July fireworks show, tune in to WCC-TV Saturday at 9 p.m. and watch the recording of last year’s Fourth on the Brazos. Find the website by clicking here.
2. If you want to celebrate on a national scale, check out the PBS virtual event A Capitol Fourth. Tune in to PBS’s channel Saturday at 7 p.m. for some music and fireworks from D.C. For details, check the PBS website here.
3. If fireworks aren’t for you, check out the Dr. Pepper Museum’s Patriotic Pepper Mentos Explosion this Saturday at 7 p.m. They will be blowing up 2-liter bottles of Dr. Pepper in synchronization with the rhythm of “The Star Spangled Banner.” For more information, follow this link.
4. Find shopping deals this weekend with Downtown Waco’s First Friday! Some stores will be open later than usual, and many will be offering special sales, snacks, and drinks. For more information, check this Facebook page.

5. As always, be sure to head down to the Farmer’s Market Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables for all of your favorite Fourth of July recipes. For more information about their new health and safety guidelines, check their Facebook page here.

6. Want to meet some adoptable pets this weekend? Head over to the Humane Society Friday for their Independence Day Celebration for Animals. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can meet some animals in need of a home and learn more about 4th of July pet safety. For details, follow this link.
7. Want to enjoy a celebratory Independence Day drink this weekend? Bars may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your favorite drinks to-go! For a list of bars that are offering to-go drinks or curbside service, check this Facebook post from Downtown Waco here.

8. Even though the large gatherings that typically make the Fourth of July so special can’t happen this year, there are still a lot of ways you and your family can have a great holiday from home! Here are a few of my favorite Fourth of July traditions that can be adjusted to follow social distancing guidelines:
– While parades may not be able to happen this year, you can still have a mini parade with your family around your neighborhood. Put some patriotic streamers on your bikes or scooters and wear your favorite red, white and blue clothes for your family neighborhood parade. This blog has some fun and easy decor ideas.

– If you want to make some fun, America-themed crafts this weekend, check this website for some easy ideas that the whole family can participate in.
– Want to watch some virtual fireworks or a good movie in your backyard? Here is a great guide on how to set up your own backyard movie theater (tip: a white bed sheet is a great substitute for a projector screen).

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