The Fourth of July has long been associated with water fun, BBQs, parades, and fireworks. It is the ultimate demonstration of American culture and the melting pot that is the United States.
There are various ways to experience this great American holiday and its cultural traditions, so let’s take a closer look.
The Biggest Celebrations
Of the top five locations to celebrate this holiday, three are in historically significant areas. These locations include the Harborfest in Boston, Wawa Welcome America Festival in Philadelphia, and, of course, the fireworks at the National Mall in Washington D.C.
Another notable celebration takes place in New York City as part of Macy’s Annual Fourth of July Fireworks. This two-hour firework show attracts over 3 million people yearly, as fireworks are launched from barges in the East River.
San Diego also sponsors the Big Bay Boom, while Houston sponsors the Freedom Over Texas show. This show is the largest fireworks show over land, while many other celebrations incorporate water.
Many celebrations take place near or on the water for a variety of reasons. Not only is this time of year hot, and water is more conducive to staying cool and having fun, but the water also acts as a safety barrier for the fireworks, helping to decrease the risk of potential fires.
However, due to the many boats and large crowds that gather on the water to join the festivities and view the shows, there are many potential safety hazards. When you engage in celebrations on the water, make sure you are well-equipped and take the proper safety precautions.
Your day on the water is bound to be busy, so plan accordingly. Leave early and do not rush. This allows you to anchor in your preferred destination and relax and enjoy the day with friends and family. Proper planning will lead to less stress, safer driving, and better interactions.
Since any fireworks show takes place after dark, you must have the proper boat lights to safely travel after the show is over. Take your time getting back to your location; letting the crowds disperse a little before raising your anchor can avoid potential problems with other partygoers.
Planning for Your Own Celebration
The only thing that makes celebrating the Fourth of July even better is additional planning to ensure that all your bases are covered: fun, food, and festivities.
Decorate your boat to increase the fun factor, especially if you have children on board. Also, have a fun playlist ready to start pumping beats and get everyone in a celebratory spirit.
Plan different games and activities while you are anchored and waiting for the firework show. Or better yet, add a fun historical excursion to your day to remind you of the significance of the holiday.
No celebration is complete without food. Incorporating red, white, and blue into your food selection is a fun touch. Bringing a small grill on board can also help make the celebration on the water complete.
America is a unique country that has adapted many different cultures and peoples into a great melting pot of traditions. Being able to experience a traditional American Fourth of July helps to bring people together with good food, fun company, and a great community.