I’m turning down everything for Saturday (June 12). Invitations, volunteer requests, shopping outings, you name it. I won’t be cooking, cleaning, gardening or working. No, I will be downtown watching the U.S. play England in the World Cup. The open-air festivities on the Old Post Office Plaza sound so much like the events I used to go to back in Europe that nothing short of an emergency room visit is going to keep me away.

Viewers are invited to bring their own seating but leave their coolers and glass containers at home; beverages and food will be available for purchase but there’s no charge to watch the game on the jumbo screen. The game, the fifth of the tournament, starts at 1:30 p.m. but the plaza will be primed from noon to 4 p.m.

You could, of course, stay home and watch it on ABC … and the same goes for the following day’s match between Germany and Australia. But most of the other first-round matches are on ESPN, and if you, like our family, have cut back on cable to save some $$$, watching it on the Internet is actually not the worst option in the world. ESPN3.com works pretty well, as does ATDHE.Net. So use that option to follow the other games, but take my word for it — go to the viewing party. This is how the rest of the world watches the World Cup, and they’re on to something.