12 Things To Do The July 4th weekend
Not Everything is Cancelled Due to COVID-19
It seems COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in just about every public celebration for this 4th of July. While you might be bummed that there aren’t any fireworks this 4th of July, there are plenty of things to do enjoy the holiday weekend and make the most of what Santa Fe has to offer--it just requires a change of perspective.
Here are some of the things we’re looking forward to this 4th of July:
You could go for a giant breakfast burrito at somewhere like The Pantry Dos, but you could also sleep in a little and do brunch. Santa Fe has tons of great brunch places, but we’re craving Joe’s Eggs Benedict.
Go For a Run
If you want to be healthy on the 4th, you can also incorporate a little bit of altruism, too. Century Bank and the Santa Fe Striders running club are doing a Virtual Run for the Santa Fe COVID-19 Response Fund that supports the Santa Fe Community Foundation and all of its programs. Registration is free and you can donate via the registration website. You can also win prizes!
When the going gets hot, New Mexicans hit the water. White water rafting on the Rio Grande or Rio Chama is a great way to see the amazing beauty of New Mexico while staying cool at the same time. Companies like Los Rios River Runners are open and taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe while still having tons of fun.
If you’d like to stay on firm ground, golfing is a great way to enjoy the New Mexico sun. Santa Fe’s many courses are open and playing great and they are a great place to be active away from the masses.
Walk Canyon Road
Even if you don’t go into any of the galleries and restaurants, a walk up Canyon Road is a great way to spend an hour or two. Fortunately, most of the galleries and restaurants are back open, so this stroll is doubly enjoyable. Video Link
Take a Spa Day
If you’re like us, you’ve been itching for a massage or spa treatment for the past few months. Luckily many Santa Fe Spas are open again so that massage or foot scrub you’ve been craving can soothe your holiday soul.
Visit a State Park
New Mexico State Parks showcase some of the most beautiful scenery in the state. Many also are home to lakes, so they are a perfect place to cool off during the hot July 4th weekend.
Take a Hike
The hiking in Santa Fe is amazing. On top of that, it is good for you mind and body. Check out the hikes in Santa Fe here.
Have a Beer
We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: The beer in Santa Fe is great. Though not all the breweries have reopened, many have. Santa Fe Brewing’s new Beer Hall at the brewery is worth checking out, while several other Santa Fe Breweries are also open for business. Just make sure you drink responsibly.
Watch the Sunset
Choosing a great place to watch the sunset in Santa Fe is hard. We’re spoiled for choices. Close to downtown is the Cross of the Martyrs. If you don’t mind a short hike, head to the Dale Ball trails at Wilderness Gate to hit Castle Rock overlooking town. If you’re up the mountain, the overlook just before Ski Santa Fe is amazing.
Since fireworks pretty much anywhere in New Mexico are cancelled, you’ll have to watch them online or on TV.
Gaze at the Stars
Santa Fe has some of the least light pollution of any city in the country, so it’s easy to see the stars at night. Lots of folks can simply walk out their back doors and enjoy the beauty of the cosmos.