It's the big question everyone is asking. How safe is it to go out and celebrate this July 4 weekend?

It's the number one summer holiday and despite the health risks many people really want and need to spend time with others. So you can expect to see businesses establishing some social distancing guidelines as they plan events this weekend.

Local event planners are following several key strategies as they work keeping things at arm's length. Some are encouraging attendees to bring masks, many others are limiting attendance. Hand washing stations, free sanitizers, and in some cases free masks, will be available at area events.

Fireworks displays are happening in several locations across Iowa, including Coralville and Waterloo. Some communities are being more proactive than others on distancing guidelines and other steps being taken to promote safety.

McGrath Hawkeye Harley Davidson 120 Westcor Drive in Coralville is hosting their first Bike Night of the Season on Thursday, July 2. It's outdoors and those attending will be encouraged to maintain a safe distance while enjoying live music, food, and beverages.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels are hosting a Home Plate Bash at Veteran's Memorial Stadium, 950 Rockford Rd. on Saturday, July 4 at 6:30 p.m. The Kernels go to great lengths to ensure safe practices with a limited amount of tickets being sold for a night at the ballpark featuring fireworks, food, drink and live music.

Cedar Run Pet Boarding and Day Care in Hiawatha is offering pet owners a solution for nervous dogs who are frightened by loud fireworks. They call it a "Freedom from Fear Party" for dogs from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4. Dogs will frolic and play games with staff at the Cedar Run Day Care center in a quiet environment. The cost is $25 per evening, and reservations are required.   

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