June 22, 2023
Independence Day in the United States is summer’s biggest holiday. Check out a fireworks show, enjoy a picnic on your boat, or have a barbecue and yard games on the shore. The day is up to you, but stay safe and responsible, and have fun while doing it.
Of all the holidays, Independence Day in the United States is often considered one of the best for spending time on the water. In many parts of North America, the water is warm, and the weather is generally pleasant—except for the occasional thunderstorm. It’s also a time when kids are out of school, and since it's a federal holiday, you’re likely off from work as well. This means you can enjoy an entire day of great weather, delicious food (who doesn’t love a barbecue?), good company, and fireworks.
If you have kids or are a kid at heart, you’ll have an entire day of fireworks to spend quality time with them. If you plan to take the kids out on the water, ensure everyone has a life jacket that fits properly and is familiar with your boat dock and boat safety rules. Beyond that, the day is yours! Create a kid-friendly playlist to set the mood while playing games or waiting for the fireworks show to start. Share your waterfront hobbies, from fishing to watersports. Buy new toys and accessories for your boat or dock to create treasured summer memories.
If you plan to watch the fireworks on the water (a wonderful experience that we recommend trying at least once), get to your spot early. The water can get crowded during the holiday, and the last thing you want is an accident or argument with another boater. If possible, find your spot before the holiday to ensure you’re not scrambling the day of the event. Stock up on all the essentials—food, drinks, extra layers of clothing, safety equipment, toiletries, bug repellent, and anything else you might need that day. Ensure that everything on your boat is in good working order and that your float plan is all set before the fourth. If you plan on consuming alcohol, be responsible and choose a designated skipper. Be especially careful on the water this holiday because it will be busier than ever, so be polite, careful, and prepared.
You can also spend the holiday at home if you can get a view of some fireworks from your backyard. You can save time, money, gas, and stress by not having to go out for the night. Set up some dock furniture and invite over friends and family. There are many fun ways to spend time on the water without going out on a boat. The Fourth of July is the quintessential barbecuing holiday, so stock up on whatever you like to throw on your dockside grill and have some friends and family over. Play lawn games or sit and enjoy some drinks and quiet company while the sun sets and before the fireworks begin.
However you choose to celebrate, we all at ShoreMaster wish you a safe and happy Independence Day. For more information on ShoreMaster’s boat docks, accessories, and other waterfront questions, get in touch with a local dealer.