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.
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.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL BEACH DAY
It’s important to be environmentally-conscious
Little, simple acts can make a huge impact on the health of beaches and oceans. Walking more and switching to fluorescent light bulbs can help reduce your carbon footprint. Forego using so many plastic products, as many end up in the water. They can wreak havoc on the coastal habitat.
It’s a chance to be active outdoors
The beach offers countless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and sunshine. Take a swim in the ocean and get some fresh saltwater on your skin. Lay out on a towel and give your skin some vitamin D. Put up a net to play a game or two of beach volleyball. Pack a picnic so you don’t have to leave, and make sure you stay to catch the sun set over the water!
It promotes giving back to beach organizations
There are many organizations that help to keep beaches clean and fun all year long. Save Our Beach works to “educate individuals, companies, schools and organizations on how their environmental footprint impacts their community and the world.” Many beach communities have groups that advocate for environmentally-friendly behavior. If you live near a beach, check out your local organization to volunteer.
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