Back in the olden days of, say, 2019, you might occasionally see a festive sign in someone's front yard. Maybe there was a lonely balloon tied to it and a multicolor "Happy Birthday!" or "Congratulations!" You might think it was sweet or cool, or you might not give it much thought at all. Those were different times.
In early 2020, though, the novel coronavirus arrived in the United States, and by March many states had closed all but the most essential businesses and services. Schools at every level, from kindergartens to universities, went online for the spring term. And yet birthdays and graduations and anniversaries continued to happen. How was anyone to celebrate the achievements and milestones in their friends' and families' lives? And how could they do it in a very, very large way?