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How to celebrate Summer 2021

Culturas contributor Sophia Ungaro shares foolproof ways for safe summer fun.

Summer is fast approaching. The sun is shining and half of California adults are fully vaccinated, according to the Los Angeles Times

California is set to open June 15, according to officials. The wide reopening will include lifting restrictions on capacity and physical distancing in regards to eating and drinking. 

State officials say that after June 15, California will no longer have capacity limitations. Additionally, physical distancing restriction for customers, guests and attendees will be relinquished. 

The state plans to follow the CDC’s masking recommendations — letting fully vaccinated people go maskless in most settings. 

Furthermore, there will be travel restrictions for those coming from countries with severe outbreaks. However, there will not be quarantine/isolation for travel in the U.S.

Outdoor events, such as festivals, parades, sporting events and concerts, the state is recommending vaccinations verification or negative COVID-19 tests. The venue is allowed to give the option to attend with a mask if a person is neither vaccinated nor tested. 

Indoor venues, conventions, sporting events and concerts, will require verification of vaccination or negative coronavirus tests. 

Hope is in the air but it is still necessary to keep your loved ones safe from the virus. Below are five ways to create summer fun in the current state of the pandemic.

Homemade popsicles

Nothing says summer like a popsicle! One fun way my mom always did for us as kids was make popsicles. 

Popsicle molds can be purchased for under ten dollars on Amazon. It’s a fun project for kids to explore flavor combinations and including a science lesson about ice can be an educational addition. 

Movie Theatres

Movie theatres are opening in California again. It’s a perfect air conditioned escape for the hot summer days. 

Theatres incorporate social distancing in seating and require masks. Going to the movies is a great summer activity for all ages. 

Beach Picnics

California is laden with beautiful beaches. Spending a glorious sunny day at the beach is a pure joy unlike any other. Invite friends and family to a beach picnic during the day or to watch the sunset.

If you want to avoid large crowds, consider going to the beach on a weekday if possible. 


Spending time in nature is centering and can bring inner peace. If you’re on a soul searching quest this summer checking out these hiking trails could be just the thing. 


Improving your green thumb is another fantastic way to spend summer days. Whether it’s taking care of a pothos or starting an outdoor herb garden for fresh summer salads, gardening is a good way to connect with the outdoors. 

If your flora and fauna growth is successful that’s a huge accomplishment! You can also be a #proudplantparent and share your progress on social media for friends and family to admire.


Sophia Ungaro
Sophia Rose Ungaro is Culturas resident writing intern. Ungaro hails from San Pedro, California. Growing up with a Navajo/Meztizo mother and a Sicilian father has given Ungaro a unique perspective on the world. In 2021 Ungaro will graduate from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Journalism. Her beats are race, pop culture, and entertainment.
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