Fun Ways to Celebrate Holidays and Special Events While Social Distancing

Here are a few ideas that work for any occasion and just might give bored residents something to look forward to (especially after months of social distancing).

If the term social distancing was just a phrase in the back of our minds before the coronavirus and COVID-19, it’s probably going to be what we remember most about 2020. We all know the drill: no parties, hangouts, dining out or non-essential travel while social distancing. But does that mean you can’t celebrate holidays and special events? What about birthdays? What about just needing to relax?

Thanks to high-speed internet, recent gaming software and a slew of smart devices, you can “get together” with friends and family, from anywhere. Here are a few ideas that work for any occasion and just might give bored residents something to look forward to (especially after months of social distancing).

Host a Netflix Party

This is no bootleg, filmed-over-the shoulder, hard-to-hear internet movie party. There’s a Netflix Party extension for your Google Chrome browser that lets you group-watch anything you can stream on Netflix. It’s an easy way to enjoy high-quality movies over the internet with a “roomful” of people. You can even open a chat menu to keep in touch while social distancing.

Mobile connectivity might be added in the future, but for now, Netflix Party only works on desktop and laptop computers. Chrome must be installed.

Pro tip: Plug a laptop into your TV with an HDMI cable to enjoy better sound and a larger picture.

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