KYW To-Do List: Amusement park openings, July Fourth festivities, and more things to do from a distance this weekend

KYW Staff
July 03, 2020 - 5:00 am

    PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This Fourth of July weekend will be one we’ve never experienced before — but who’s to say it won’t be one for the books?

    The coronavirus pandemic is still in full effect, but many attractions are reopening with new rules in place: Six Flags Great Adventure, Jersey Shore boardwalk rides and arcades, area casinos, and some museums.

    Plan your weekend below with The KYW To-Do List, or listen to our top picks. Wherever you go and whatever you do, don’t forget: Wear a face mask.

     

    FOURTH OF JULY

    In an ordinary year, the Wawa Welcome America Independence Day celebration draws thousands in Philadelphia. The festival is completely virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but you can still get a front-row seat.

    Cynthia Erivo and Jason Derulo will perform at The Met Philadelphia, which you can watch from home on NBC 10 or a livestream. Fireworks are a no-go, but the city will broadcast recordings from previous years.

    There are tons of virtual events too, like an online concert by the Philly POPS and performances led by Philly-based rapper Chill Moody.

    It’s also not too late to create your own Fourth of July party in your backyard. Keep it simple: Break out the kiddie pool, heat up the grill, screen a movie outside, or set up lawn games like cornhole.

    OPEN ATTRACTIONS

    Fourth of July fireworks shows in the Philly region are canceled this year, though most of us have had enough of that in the neighborhood anyway.

    If you’re looking for some different thrills, Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey opens to members on Friday and to the general public on Saturday. You must reserve a spot online ahead of time, and also watch a video about the new safety procedures at the park, which include limits on the number of people allowed on rides and in common areas.

    Some of the attractions and rides at Morey’s Pier in Wildwood are open, and owners say they are working to open more in the coming days. Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City is open, too.

    For 21-and-up attractions, several casinos in Atlantic City are now open, though you won’t be getting free booze while you play. Servers are only allowed to give out bottles of water. 

    Parx Casino in Bensalem and Harrah’s in Chester are also open. Masks are required, and indoor smoking is not permitted.

    Looking ahead, museums in the city are starting to reopen on a staggered schedule. The Franklin Institute will be one of the first to welcome guests on July 8.

    GET AROUND TOWN

    The tourism industry has taken a hit from the coronavirus pandemic. With many canceling their vacation plans, Visit Philadelphia is encouraging the 4.1 million residents throughout the tri-state area to play tourist in their own city.

    Walk around the historic districts, explore trails, or dine al fresco. 

    At least a dozen races in Philadelphia have been canceled this year too, so the city launched a monthlong challenge hoping to reignite that spirit of competition and get folks moving.

    To participate, you can run, walk, bike, swim, workout — whatever you want to do — and then log your miles for the Philadelphia 76 Challenge. The goal is to accumulate 76 miles of activity in a month. 

    There are also weekly opportunities for prizes.

    Over in Jersey, visit Ward’s Farm in Mannington Township to pick your own sunflowers in the field. Each flower is $1, and it’s BYOS — bring your own scissors.

    Across the river in Camden, attend a free — and socially distant — drive-in movie at Cooper's Poynt Waterfront Park on Friday.

    And once again, the PSPCA is inviting people to its adoption center in North Philadelphia to find a new fuzzy member of the family. More than 100 cats have been taken in over the past several weeks.

    Interested adopters should fill out an application online ahead of time. Then, they can attend the CATpacity adoption event on Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.