SINAI – There will be no public program, no noon picnic meal no afternoon group contests or games in Sinai this Fourth of July, completely changing the holiday after 90 years.
Since 1929, the Sinai community has hosted the all-day patriotic celebration on July 4, beginning with a forenoon patriotic program followed by a picnic noon meal and afternoon ballgame and activities for kids of all ages.
For many years the program was on the closed-off main street through town. Then later it was moved to the shady south lawn of the brick church on the hill.
The picnic noon meal was first served by the Luther League of Sinai Church and later by the Sinai Women of the ELCA (many of them were the mothers of the Luther League youth who had previously served the meal).
During earlier years the softball playing men of the community were anxious to show their skills during the afternoon game pitting married men against single men.
The afternoon always allowed time for numerous competitions and games for children from preschoolers up through elementary school.
COIVID-19 has changed all of that. July 4, 2020, will be a quiet day in the Sinai community as in most of the entire country. Families will hopefully be able to enjoy “safe distancing” fun while observing this 244th birthday of the country.