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It’s hard to beat the 4th of July for sheer fun --- no other holiday packs fireworks, ice cream, warm weather, and family time all into one day! But sometimes it’s difficult to keep all family members entertained for a whole day together, so we thought we’d share our best ideas of things to do on the 4th of July (on the water, of course):

Enjoy the sunrise from a new point of view: Summer sunrises are usually spectacular from any viewpoint, but we especially enjoy them from the top of the water on a stand up paddle board. It’s your chance to catch some peace and quiet before the mayhem of the day begins (and to burn some calories to justify ice cream later in the day).

Use water sports to build bonds and memories: Few activities bridge the generation gap better than jumping on a water trampoline together, seeing who can last the longest in the boat tube, or just hangin’ out playing games on the shore --- water volleyball, anyone?

Explore new water: Be explorers for an afternoon on a kayak, canoe, or stand up paddle board and check out a new river, lake, or ocean bay. To really get into the spirit of the day, wear something red, white, and blue while you’re exploring.

Lounge around in a float: It’s your day off from work, so relax! Grab a few pool / lake floats, find a calm spot in the sun, and chill out.

Create a water gun competition: Be sure to bring along a bunch of water guns or water blasters / soakers, depending upon the ages of your family members and their risk-taking appetite, and spend the afternoon in a “friendly” competition --- on shore, on a water trampoline or bouncer, or on a boat.

Watch fireworks from a boat or the end of a dock / pier: End the day back on the water to watch surrounding fireworks from the vantage point of a boat or from the end of a dock or pier. This gives you twice the fun, as this way you can enjoy the reflections of the fireworks on the water too.

No matter what your family’s activities are this 4th of July, we hope our RAVE friends have a fun (and safe) holiday!