statue of libertyBoating and the Fourth of July! What could be a better time for watching fireworks or fun boating activities? Celebrating Independence Day on your boat will help create lasting memories for you, your friends, and your family. When you have a boat, there are so many ways to celebrate the Fourth.   Find your location and anchor early. You can take the extra time to eat, play games, or just relax before the fireworks begin. You can also take this time to make sure your anchor is set properly, and see that your anchor lights are on and working. You can invite friends to the marina or a lakeside park with a boat ramp.  Have them bring a red, white, or blue side dish and throw some hotdogs and burgers on the grill. Decorate your boat and join a boat parade.  Kids love to decorate just about anything. Red, white, and blue banners are inexpensive.  Add American flags for the finishing touches.  For a more embellished look, buy fancy lights to illuminate your boat. Your kids will have an abundance of pride as they view their creativity during the parade.  Of course, after the dining and parading, there are the light shows that begin at dusk.  If your boat has sleeping quarters, the kids can even put their pajamas on and comfortably view the show before bed, leaving plenty of time for the adults after the show.

Of course, you do NOT want to forget boating and safety tips.  Open waters and open skies make for the best fireworks display. There simply is no better place than laid back on your boat with your friends and family while watching fireworks on the 4th of July. But first of all, be sure to check the US Coast Guard’s local notice to mariner’s website for any special instructions for boaters during the big event. Be sure to follow these instructions – they are not only mandatory to keep you safe, but to keep other’s safe as well. Make sure your boat is equipped with the correct safety equipment and check that everything is functioning normally.  All children under the age of 12 must be wearing a life jacket. It is a good idea to have life jackets for newcomers and inexperienced boaters, as well. Be patient on the water.  Speeding is not recommended on the crowded rivers and lakes during the holidays. Stay alert and be aware of novice boaters or boaters that are intoxicated.

Have fun, be safe, be courteous, and most of all… enjoy your 4th of July!!

Source: “4th of July Boating.” Power Boating. Web. 01 July 2013.

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