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Between the surge in COVID cases and the big spotlight that has been put on existing inequities in our society, you might not feel like celebrating on the 4th of July in the same way. Here are some things you and your family can do to honor the meaning of Independence Day and take action to make our community truly more equitable.

Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s mega-blockbuster of a musical, will start streaming on Disney+ July 3. While some of the content may be more suitable for tweens and teens, the rousing hip-hop soundtrack about young, scrappy and hungry revolutionists, and the diverse casting might make it worth it to you to let younger kids tune in.

Feed the Mass, a nonprofit that focuses on low-cost cooking classes for adults and kids, has been offering free meals for those in need on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the COVID crisis. Feed the Mass Executive Director Jacob Valentine is teaming up with other local chefs to serve 1,000 meals for a July 1 summer cookout. Find out how you can help

Written in 1935 by Langston Hughes, the poem Let America Be America Again is still heartbreakingly relevant today. Read it with your family or listen to it read by Danez Smith.

Have the kids create some sidewalk chalk art and messages of support for communities of color.

Get a takeout meal from a Black-owned restaurant. 

Order brews or varietals for the grown-ups from a local BIPOC-owned brewery or winery. Check out Assembly Brewing, Gonzales Wine Co., or Abbey Creek Vineyard.

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