As New Jersey continues to open back up there’s more and more to do to get out of the house, but there are still plenty of virtual events to hit up from the comfort of your home, too.

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Bastille Day Celebration 2020

July 11 through July 14

Free

Bastille Day is the French national holiday that remembers the storming of the Bastille during the French Revolution in 1789. To celebrate, New York City’s French Institute Alliance Français is hosting a four-day virtual event. There will be activities for everyone in the family to enjoy from a rosé tasting to a dance party to a cooking masterclass. Browse all the events and sign up to receive a Zoom link online. The Bastille Day Celebration will also be streamed on Facebook.

Virtual Car, Truck & Cycle Show

July 11 at 10 am through July 18 at 11:55 pm

Free

The annual Cape May Court House Car, Truck & Cycle Show will be held virtually this year. July 11 is the first day of the show and will feature a live-streamed concert by Keith Hickman. There will also be online vendors to buy from leading up to the event and through July 18. This year’s show will benefit Chapter 955 of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Vote for your favorite car until July 18.

Thursday, July 9

The Deep Solar System

1 pm

Free

Explore the Solar System with Liberty Science Center’s Planetarium Online live stream. This stream, led by a planetarium presenter, will explore the planets and dwarf planets outside of Saturn’s orbit like Haumea, Makemake and Eris which were only discovered in the last century. The stream will air on the Liberty Science Center Facebook page

Sunday, July 12

Under the Weather

11 to 11:45 am

Free

Join the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for an Access Family Program to learn how aircraft carriers, like the Intrepid, adapt to the challenges of different weather conditions. From heat to snow, this presentation will talk about how the weather impacts both a ship and the planes it carries. The presentation is designed for kids ages 5 to 17 with learning or developmental disabilities. This event also includes a download of an at-home activity packet full of projects about weather preparedness. Click here to register. Email access@intrepidmuseum.org with questions. 

Things To Do In-Person

Amusement and Water Parks

Governor Murphy gave the O.K. for outdoor amusements to open on July 2 which means amusement parks and water parks are back in full swing. In Jackson, Six Flags Great Adventure opened last week. Guests are required to reserve tickets online. Many waterparks across New Jersey and Pennsylvania have also reopened. Here’s a list of waterparks that are open and what each park is doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Drive-In Movies

With movie theaters closed, drive-in movies are making a comeback throughout the state. In North Jersey, hop across the border into New York to visit the Warwick Drive-In—this weekend’s showings include Black Panther, The Goonies, Inside Out and more. In South Jersey, at the Delsea Drive-In you can catch The Empire Strikes Back and TD Bank Ballpark in Somerset is showing Independence Day. Tickets for these theaters can be purchased online. Here are some more drive-in theaters that are popping up throughout the summer.

Pick-Your-Own Blueberries and Raspberries

Strawberry is winding down but it’s not too late to head to the fields for fresh blueberries and raspberries. Many of New Jersey’s pick-your-own farms are now open for visitors but are still practicing social distancing. Make sure to call or check online before going out to see what each farm’s COVID-19 policies are. Check out this list of farms offering pick-your-own blueberries and this one to see where you can pick-your-own raspberries.

Visit the Zoo

It’s time to take a walk on the wild side because New Jersey zoos have started to reopen their gates to visitors. The Turtle Back Zoo, in Essex County, is open and visitors can buy timed tickets online. The Cape May County Zoo, Popcorn Park and the Cohanzick Zoo have also reopened. Zoos are continuing to ask guests to maintain social distancing and wear face coverings when necessary. Make sure you check online or call ahead to see what COVID-19 policies are in place before making your trip.

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