In a normal year, there would be articles this week about all the July Fourth activities going on in Greensboro and Guilford County. However, 2020 is far from normal.

Most of the July Fourth activities, such as Fun Fourth in Downtown Greensboro and the annual fireworks, have been officially canceled. If Gov. Roy Cooper had allowed the state to progress into Phase 3 of his reopening plan, there might have been some activities to announce, but Cooper instead decided the entire state had to remain under Phase 2 restrictions, plus everyone in the state has to wear a mask.

But there are some announcements. Since the Fourth of July this year falls on Saturday, most of the parts of city government that have been reopened will be closed.

There will be no garbage, recycling or yard waste collection on Friday, July 3, and for those whose collection day is Friday, that collection will take place on Thursday, July 2. The normal Thursday collections will take place on Wednesday, July 1.

The White Street Landfill at 2503 White St. and the Solid Waste Transfer Station at 6310 Burnt Poplar Road will be closed both Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.

The Greensboro recreation centers, Sportsplex, Smith Active Adult Center, Trotter Active Adult Center, Cultural Center, Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center, Simkins Indoor Sports Pavilion at Barber Park, city pools and spraygrounds and the Greensboro Youth Council are all closed due to COVID-19.

But if you’re looking for exercise city parks, trails and greenways are open and Gillespie Golf Course will operate on its normal schedule. City lakes will be open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. with their operations limited due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

All branches of the Greensboro Public Library and the Greensboro History Museum will also be closed Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.