July 4th on the Water -- Are you Prepared?
Dockshare's Guide to Planning for the Fourth of July out on the water
After spending last year’s Fourth of July at home during the pandemic, most people, like us, can’t wait to get out and celebrate this year; however, it’s still important to be COVID-safe. One of the best ways to do that is by entertaining a small group of guests out on the water to celebrate.
1. Find the Best Firework Show Around
2. Choose Your Dock
3. Put Safety First
Slow down and keep your distance from fireworks to protect your crew. Remember that the Fourth of July brings out many new and/or distracted boaters, so help everyone to stay safe by being the most cautious boater on the water. Make sure to brush up on right of way rules and collision avoidance procedures.
4. Come Prepared With Food
You might be skipping the BBQ to spend your day on the water, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite snack and meals on your boat. Plan ahead, shop before the rush, and fill your cooler with ice and all the goodies. Dockshare founder Gina Young loves strawberries with cream cheese and blueberry filling for an easy and festive snack. Dockshare team member Rachel Novak always brings Royal Farms chicken out on the boat. Other team members make it a point to have watermelon, popsicles, and fruit on deck.
5. Protect Kids, Pets, and Vets
While fireworks are fun for many, they can cause severe danger to kids, pets, and veterans. If you’re taking your children out on the water, come prepared with life jackets and earplugs, and always skip launching personal fireworks to avoid danger. While we love our four-legged boating buddies, leave them at home on the 4th in a safe and comfortable room to avoid causing ear damage or emotional trauma. Finally, have a discussion with any family and friends that are veterans before planning your Fourth of July festivities. Boating on a quiet lake can be the perfect way to have a ton of fun and avoid fireworks this Fourth of July.