National Boating Days to Celebrate this Season

Mark your calendars for summer fun!


As summer gets cranking and boats fill the waterways, it’s important to remember the workers, mariners and notable moments that helped build today’s boating community. While planning your trips and events, be sure to check out celebrations for nationally recognized days. Here are a few to enjoy through July and August.  

Pass the Handle Day

July 16

Whether you’re an experienced watersport lover or just want to test drive a different activity, this day is for you! Launched by two wakeboarders in 2014, the Pass the Handle project inspires watersport enthusiasts to get others out on the water and try a new aquatic activity such as wakeboarding, tubing, waterskiing, etc. If you’re an experienced adrenaline junkie, take a first timer out to sea on Sunday, July 16. Share your experiences and hashtag #PassTheHandle across social media channels. 

National Coast Guard Day

August 4

This August, celebrate the United States Coast Guard’s 233rd birthday and commemorate the legacy of our service men and women. Check out nationwide events such as the Coast Guard Day 5k Run/Walk & 1-Mile Fun Run in Yorktown, VA, on August 5. To learn about U.S. Coast Guard history, visit

Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine | Wikimedia Commons

National Lighthouse Day 

August 7

This annual commemoration pays homage to the first federal lighthouse commissioning in the United States. In 1789, Congress approved an act to support and regulate lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers. Two centuries later, President Ronald Reagan officially signed into law the National Lighthouse Day Bill in November 1988. Today, we honor the historic structures that symbolize a safe guide for our seas with community events and ceremonies.

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