When I was growing up, we used to watch a fireworks display that was shot out over the Pacific Ocean from Cape Kiwanda in near Pacific City, Oregon. It was a highlight of the summer to spend a day trolling for salmon the our dory,then head in and barbeque the catch. This was followed by watching the fireworks show reflected in the ocean.
These days anchoring up on the Columbia to watch the 4th of July fireworks from Fort Vancouver is a popular way to spend the 4th in the Portland Oregon and Vancouver Washington area, but watching fireworks from your boat can be a real treat wherever you are.
As you head out, you’ll want to remember a few things:
- Make sure you have some good sun protection like a Bimini top, so you don’t get cooked before the sun sets.
- Check that all of you night running lights are in good working order
- Take an extra flashlight or two
- Prepare with good navigation aids, particularly if you are traveling at night in unfamiliar waters.
Here are a couple of interesting sources for boat bound fireworks watching we ran across.
- If you happen to be on the other side of this great country, Florida by Water has a great article on 2011 4th of July events around that state. http://www.floridabywater.com/component/content/article/1745
- While this article on The Top 10 Place to Watch Fireworks on the Water” http://www.businesstravellogue.com/things-to-do/top-10-places-to-watch-fireworks-on-the-water.html is a little dated, I’d expect most of these events from around the country to be planned for 2011.
What’s your favorite place to watch fireworks on the 4th? Do you watch from your boat? Let us know and we’ll try and compile our own list of best boating fireworks locations.