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How Texans behave on July Fourth will shape the next phase of the state's coronavirus epidemic

Millions of decisions by a restive population eager to barbecue, jump in lakes and gather for fireworks could have disastrous consequences for public health. Officials are crossing their fingers, and pleading for Texans to give up a little independence.

Aransas Pass hosts its Fourth of July fireworks display on Thursday, July 2, 2020, over Conn Brown Harbor. Attendees were encouraged to social distance and stay in their cars during the show.
A sign indicating the City of Austin plans to close all pools, parks and recreational facilities over the Fourth of July weekend, at a public pool on July 2, 2020.

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