NATIONAL BEACH DAY | AUGUST 30
National Beach Day on August 30th celebrates all the sandy beaches across the nation. It also provides an opportunity to help keep those relaxing places clean, so we can continue to enjoy them long into the future.
Whether we spend time on beaches oceanside, at a lake or river, they provide recreation all summer long. Swimming, water sports, and sunbathing are just a few of the relaxing things that come to mind. We also enjoy playing Frisbee, volleyball and long walks. Floating along in the surf on a hot summer day with friends creates summer memories we remember for years to come.
Sometimes, just packing a few icy beverages and a good book is enough to make a beach day perfect. However, we are responsible for caring for the beach, too. Not only should we pack out what we pack in, but it’s necessary to follow the beach rules, also. Safety and fun go hand in hand.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL BEACH DAY
When it comes to swimming at the beach, the American Red Cross provides excellent tips.
1. Swim with a lifeguard present and only in designated areas.
2. Go with a buddy. Never swim alone.
3. Watch for currents, moving water, and riptides. These occur in oceans, lakes, and rivers.
4. Swim within your depth. Don’t swim longer than you are physically capable of doing.
5. Take swimming lessons.
6. Learn CPR.
Organize a group to clean up your favorite beach. Since it’s near the end of the season, your beach will appreciate it. Find out what the facility needs. Take up donations for supplies to keep the beach even cleaner next year. Donate garbage and recycling cans for your beach. Attend a seminar on water pollution and how to prevent it.
Share pictures of your favorite beach while enjoying the last days of summer!
Use #NationalBeachDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL BEACH DAY HISTORY
In 1929, the Knights of Columbus out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin launched a National Beach Day as part of their convention plans. However, it never took root.
Then in 2014, Colleen Paige, pet and family lifestyle expert, created National Beach Day to celebrate beaches and the importance of keeping them clean.
Beach Day FAQ
Q. What are the best days to go to the beach?
A. You mean besides National Beach Day? Well, the weekends are busiest but if you enjoy people watching and, well, people, pick a Saturday or SUNday. (Get it? Sun + day?) However, if you’re looking for a less crowded time to go, visit the beach early on Friday. Why? Because for most vacationers, that’s a travel day.
Q. Can you visit the beach in the off-season?
A. Yes! It’s an excellent way to have the beach to yourself. Whether you visit a sunny location or travel to a resort town boardwalk, you can still take in some of the attractions and reap the benefits of the oceanside.