A typical 21st birthday at UNC might take large groups of friends bar-hopping from He’s Not Here to Might as Well — but this year, given the risk of COVID-19, students are finding creative ways to celebrate the milestone of adulthood.
From margaritas with parents to playing online games with friends, 21st birthdays have looked a little different in 2020. Here's how these UNC students celebrated in quarantine.
Takeout in the backyard
Alexis Tammi, a senior business major, turned 21 in October. Originally, she was going to have a party with all her friends and have a bar crawl at the end of the night.
“There is a very specific college 21st birthday experience, and I think especially a Franklin Street bars experience, where you go out at midnight,” Tammi said.
She knew this wouldn't be possible and ended up celebrating by staying home with her family and her boyfriend. They got takeout from Allen & Son Bar-B-Que in Pittsboro and had cake from Whole Foods Market out on her back porch.
“I felt good in a societal sense,” Tammi said. “I was like ‘I did the responsible thing,’ but I’m hoping that maybe for my 22nd, I’ll get to do the quintessential 21st experience.”
She had also planned to do a big group Zoom call, but since her friends had been getting together to play Among Us and Jackbox Games over FaceTime, they did that the following day.
Margaritas with the parents