Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Happy National Boating Day

It's official, sort of. Today (July 1) has been declared National Boating Day in the United States after resolutions were passed by both the Senate and the House last month.

But can we really call it, officially, National Boating Day? I'm no political scientist, but when the bill was first introduced, it was reported by Boating-Industry Magazine that President Obama would have to "issue a national proclamation in observance of the day" after the bill passed through the house and senate.

As of 11:45 pm on the evening before National Boating Day, President Obama has not done so, leaving the day as sort of an unofficial boating holiday - not much different from any other weekday in the summer.

By some accounts, July 4th is the real national boating day. In fact, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) calls the 4th of July recreational boating's busiest traffic day of the year.

What's your official boating day? What one day do you make an extra effort to be out on the water? Is it the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or is it simply any day you can get away?

Maybe in the future, July 1 will be that day. Maybe boaters will make plans months in advance, take July 1st off from work, and hope for sunshine on National Boating Day - the day they MUST get out on the water. But not this year. This year, I'm afraid it's just another Wednesday.