Three in four say attending Fourth of July celebrations risky: poll

Three in four say attending Fourth of July celebrations risky: poll
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The majority of Americans think that attending July 4 celebrations this weekend poses moderate or large risks to their health amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new Axios-Ipsos poll finds.

As cities nationwide prepare to celebrate America's independence, many state officials are taking precautions in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus over the holiday weekend.

Some states have reclosed their beaches and are requiring masks to be worn in public, while Texas and Florida both last week prohibited stand-alone bars from serving alcohol as the states dealt with record numbers of daily new cases.

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The Pentagon has scheduled flyovers for several East Coast cities as well as Mount Rushmore. President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden leads Trump by 36 points nationally among Latinos: poll Trump dismisses climate change role in fires, says Newsom needs to manage forest better Jimmy Kimmel hits Trump for rallies while hosting Emmy Awards MORE is set to attend a fireworks display over the presidential monument in South Dakota on July 3. The White House has also confirmed that there will be an Independence Day celebration in Washington, D.C., that "will have a different look than 2019 to ensure the health and safety of those attending."

Last year's July 4 celebration in D.C. featured a new fireworks show, a military display and a speech from Trump on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  

Opinions of how risky attending a July 4 celebration is are somewhat split along party lines. Ninety percent of Democrats surveyed said that attending the weekend's festivities would be a large or moderate risk, while only 65 percent of Republicans said the same.

The poll was the latest iteration of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, a weekly survey that has been running since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly four months.

It was conducted June 26-29 and polled 1,065 adults with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.