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The Best Boating Days For 2024

The Best Boating Days For 2024
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As spring sets in, it’s the perfect time to brush off those boat shoes and replenish your sunscreen stash because the prime boating season has arrived. Get ready for some unforgettable boat day celebrations with your loved ones. Make sure to mark your calendars and prepare for a fantastic time on the water. Take a look at our 2024 Boating Season save-the-dates below.

Top Boating Days of the Year


Tuesday, March 19, 2024: First Day of Spring

boating Tuesday, March 19 kicks off the first day of spring and the unofficial start to many future boat days. Warmer temperatures begin to develop, allowing for the perfect boat day setting whether you choose to fish or cruise the waterways. Spring break also takes place during this time for many schools, which permits families to plan extended excursions to places such as Key West, Cabo, the Bahamas, the Gulf Coast, and the Pacific Coast. Mark your calendars and spring into boating fun.

This is also the perfect time to schedule routine maintenance, or for those that do not reside in Florida, to de-winterize your boat. De-winterizing may include tarp removal, checking the engine, refilling the cooling system, checking pumps and thermostats, inspecting cables and hoses, checking batteries, and more.

May 25-27: Memorial Day Weekend – 2024 Boating Season

Memorial Day weekend is one of the most popular times for boating, and seeing it’s a federal holiday, many people get to enjoy it. From special tributes to celebrations, many boaters across the U.S pay remembrance to all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Memorial Day Weekend also marks the unofficial start to summer for boaters across North America, which means more traffic out on the water. Freshen up on boating tips and safety guidelines to make the most out of your holiday and summer season. Check out the top six Memorial Day activities on the water.

June 1-9, 2024: National Fishing & Boating Week

Take Me Fishing — a branch of the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation — organizes National Fishing & Boating Week to encourage seasoned anglers and boaters to share their love and knowledge for the water with the younger generation and increase participation. Since its inception, the main goal of this week in June has been to collect funds through arranging fun recreational activities for fishing and boating enthusiasts. The funds go towards protecting our national waterways and supporting the local fisheries.

This week is also meant to bring together all fishing and boating enthusiasts to learn about new fishing spots and destinations to organize their next adventure on the water. This year, take the opportunity to plan a day on the water, arranged by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation. Check out our interactive boating and fishing map to find the best spots near you.

Thursday, June 20, 2024: First Day of Summer

Thursday, June 20th marks the first day of the summer solstice for 2024. The longest day of the year makes a great day to be out on the water, soaking up the rays or reeling up a fresh catch. Or, switch it up and try your hand at some of the top yachting activities while onboard.

For anglers, summer marks the beginning of tournament season on the gulf, check out our sponsored tournaments and the top 10 sportfishing tournaments worldwide.

Thursday, July 4, 2024: Independence Day

rendezvous America’s national party falls on a Thursday this year, the perfect opportunity to pull the boat out for a spectacular day or weekend on the water; moreover, ending it with an astounding Fourth of July firework display. While the July 4th holiday is notorious for being one of the busiest days on the water, it is also one of the best. If you plan to take the boat out on this day, prepare to get an early start and pack lots of water, sunscreen, and food; once you’re out on the water, you won’t want to leave, as boat ramps and attractions fill up fast. As always, practice safe boating, and most of all have fun! Check out some boat day ideas, holiday recipes, and safety tips while celebrating the Fourth of July on a boat.

August 31 – September 2: Labor Day Weekend

This long holiday weekend marks one of the last long weekends before the end of summer. There is no better way to celebrate the American worker like yourself than by spending the day surrounded by family and friends aboard. Plan a BBQ, attend a boatgating event, grab the water toys, and enjoy your day on the water.

December Boat Parades: 2024 Boating Season

The month of December is notorious for Christmas boat parades in the warmer parts of the country. Boat owners decorate their vessels top to bottom in lights while blasting music and dressing up in holiday attire to showcase their Christmas spirit. Typically, these events have a large audience, which makes for all the more fun. Celebrate the holiday cheer by displaying your best light show on the water this year.

Boating Attire Guides

To have the best time on the water, you need the right attire for ultimate comfortability and protection. Check out the guides below to prepare you for the 2024 boating season.

  • The Best Fishing Apparel Brands
  • Yachting Style Guide – What to wear on a yacht
  • Top Boating and Fishing Sunglasses
  • Best Boating & Fishing Shoes For Men & Women

  • Additional Boating Season Save-The-Dates:

    Stay up-to-date on all the latest events, boat shows, and premiere fishing tournaments for your enjoyment by visiting our events page.
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