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    4th of July During Covid – How to Celebrate Independence Day Safely With the Help of Technology

    4th of July During Covid – How to Celebrate Independence Day Safely With the Help of Technology

    Tracy Watson


    9 min read

    4th of July VR celebration

    The 4th of July is one of the year’s biggest holidays, and many people have been looking forward to it all year. However, with the Covid crisis still going on, we still need to take precautions and celebrate the 4th of July safely. Fortunately, many technologies exist to help us enjoy the holiday while adhering to precautions like social distancing and many others as well. Today we will share with you how to celebrate the 4th of July during Covid with the help of technology to make sure that you receive maximum enjoyment while staying safe. 

    Host a VR Get-Together

    Large gatherings of family and friends are a 4th of July tradition. However, you don’t have to let Covid prevent you from coming together like you normally would. There are many VR solutions available that allow you to host a party in VR or just a simple gathering. The great thing about VR is that it allows you to interact with other people as if you were standing next to them, allowing you to get a life-like experience. For example, Oculus, one of the leaders in developing VR headsets, offers rooms and parties for Gear VR where you can meet with your friends in a virtual private space. This type of technology can also be used for things like business meetings and getting together at other times during the year with VR development services

    Since Oculus is owned by Facebook, it is easy to connect with your friends. Just link your Facebook and Oculus accounts or search for people by their real name or Oculus username. Once you join and become Oculus friends, you can see when your friends are online, start a voice call, or jump into an experience together. Best of all, such headsets do not cost a fortune. You can get a Gear VR headset for $129 on Amazon

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    Enjoy the 4th of July Festivities in VR

    One of the biggest 4th of July festivals is hosted by Macy’s every single year. In fact, this year marks the 45th anniversary of the Macy’s 4th of July Festival, but, just like last year, this one will be offered in VR as well. This is a fun-filled event with an all-star cast such as Coldplay, Onerepublic, and many more. Macy’s is partnering with VirtualRealityRental.co to create virtual experiences through HTC Vive headsets and tools like the Google Tilt Brush. For those who may not be familiar with Google Tilt Brush, it is one of the first VR experiences of its kind and caliber, allowing its user to create 3D paintings within a virtual space. This means that attendees can create their own fireworks that suit their tastes and share this experience with family and friends. 

    Another major benefit of virtual reality is that you do not have to make a physical trip to any particular location to enjoy the festivities. This offers a lot of convenience and cost savings, and you are not taking any unnecessary risks by traveling. It is important to note that while in this article we are focusing on the 4th of July Festivities, you can take advantage of VR to enjoy a wide range of experiences all year round. 

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    Additional VR Experiences

    Another way you can celebrate the 4th of July in virtual reality is by taking a trip across America and seeing virtually any point in the US. Not only can you enjoy places like Mount Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, but you can also experience the fireworks display at almost any location in the United States. This also opens the door for all kinds of new ways to enjoy the 4th of Juley during Covid since you can also take a tour of various museums in the US and the world as well. 

    In addition to this, another experience in VR that you can enjoy is to actually experience the founding of the country in VR. During the Covid 4th of July weekend, you can take a trip back to 1776 and witness all of the founding fathers signing the Declaration of Independence and actually get the feeling of what it would have been like to live during that tumultuous time period. This is a fun and exciting way to make history come alive and allow the entire family to enjoy an experience unlike any other. 

    Watch the Fireworks in Augmented Reality

    The 4th of July celebrations would not be complete without a spectacular fireworks display. However, even though this year you may not be able to gather and see the show at a particular location, you can now do so in augmented reality. This is one of the most interesting Covid 4th of July ideas since you can create a firework show wherever you may be. There are already apps like TotalAR that allow you to light up the sky through your smartphone or tablet and give you a 12-minute fireworks display. A lot of state governments have already partnered with the company that created the TotalAR app, HoloPundits, including 20 states and 60 communities across the country. 

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    Utilize AR and VR During the 4th of July and Covid to Stay Safe

    You don’t have to let the coronavirus ruin the 4th of July weekend for you since you can do pretty much anything you would usually do in AR and VR. With a lot of the experiences we mentioned earlier, such as fireworks displays and virtual get-togethers, the experiences have already been created, and all you have to do is put on a headset. However, if you have an idea for a new experience you would like to create, you will need to partner with an experienced AR and VR development company like Skywell Software to make your vision a reality. We have created AR and VR products for some of the world’s leading brands and can actualize even the most innovative projects. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you. 

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