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
One of the best ways to celebrate the Fourth of July is with a stunning firework show, and there are plenty of great ones to see. Consider watching the iconic fireworks in Annapolis or attending the nautical firework show in Middle River, Maryland. And if you aren’t celebrating in our backyards, you don’t have to worry about finding a firework show nearby because Dockshare gives you access to private docks on any waterfront you want!
2. Choose Your Dock
Finding the right place to embark on your Fourth of July adventure is critical.Thankfully, Dockshare makes this process easy! Simply search for a dock and reserve it for the day to enjoy the Fourth with no stress. You can use your dock rental as a vantage point for watching the fireworks and have a Fourth to remember! If you choose to stop by for a short visit or wish to dock for the holiday weekend, we have you covered. Docking options are available by hour, day, week, month, season and year.
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.

By following our top five tips, you are guaranteed to have a fun and memorable Fourth of July. Check out Dockshare’s docking options to find the perfect place to embark on your holiday adventure!