Will tourists feel safe traveling to Wyoming for the 4th of July weekend?

JACKSON, Wyo. — As 4th of July weekend nears and travel plans meet with COVID-19 restrictions and fears, what will the popular holiday weekend look like for most Americans?

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The 4th of July is one of America’s most treasured holidays, and Americans typically celebrate the anniversary of their independence with massive parades, flashy fireworks displays, family gatherings, beach trips and more. The expenses for this holiday can really add up, as last year Americans spent around $6.7 billion on food, travel, patriotic decorations and more.

This year, however, the story is different. For months, the COVID-19 pandemic has limited public gatherings and kept many businesses closed, and things will likely not be back to normal in most states by the time July 4th rolls around. In fact, a whopping 78 percent of Americans will spend less money on the holiday this year than last year, according to WalletHub’s nationally representative Coronavirus and 4th of July Survey.

WalletHub’s survey examined both Americans’ plans for Independence Day and their opinions on freedom, patriotism and safety in light of current events.

Americans feel restricted. Around 82% of Americans feel less free this year than last year.

  • Summer plans put off or canceled. Only 25% of Americans’ summer plans were kept, while 37% were postponed and 38% were cancelled.
  • July 4th celebrations kept local. This July 4th, 74% of Americans will not travel.
  • Patriotism declining. Almost 1 in 3 Americans feel less patriotic this year than last.
  • Less Independence Day spending this year. Over 78% of Americans are spending less money this 4th of July compared to last year.

Will tourists head to Wyoming or avoid it?

Shaping the decision of some families on where they will travel this 4th of July (or summer) is the number of cases in a particular state or area, and the measures in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

After experiencing months of heavy restrictions on their everyday life in order to fight the coronavirus pandemic, many Americans are now navigating each state or county’s reopening timelines.

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In order to determine the states with the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 16 key metrics. Its data set ranges from whether child-care programs and restaurants have reopened to the presence or absence of a “shelter-in-place” order.

Coronavirus Restrictions in Wyoming (1=Fewest, 25=Avg.):

  • 17th – Requirement to Wear a Face Mask in Public
  • 1st – Travel Restrictions
  • 16th – Large Gatherings Restrictions
  • 1st – Strictness of “Shelter in Place” Order
  • 1st – Reopening of Non-Essential Businesses
  • 2nd – Reopening of Restaurants and Bars

Note: Rankings are based on data available as of 12:30 p.m. ET on Monday, June 22, 2020.

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