science fussbudgets may say that summer doesn't officially
begin until the Friday the 21st. At 1:04 a.m., to be
exact. But we Chesapeakers know better: It's hot, we're
getting thunderstorms pretty much every afternoon, and
we've even had a brush with a hurricane. Given all that,
we choose not to stand on meteorological ceremony: Ladies
and gentlemen, start your engines and raise your sails!
It's summer! Get out there and start having summer fun!
Of course right around the corner are the Fourth of July
festivities up and down the Bay, from North East, Md., to
Virginia Beach and dozens more betwixt and between. Click
to see our July Cruiser's Calendar, which, as always,
includes a complete listing of Independence Day
celebrations around the Bay. (And there's much more, of
course, it being summer in Chesapeake country: there are
also more festivals, boat parades, museum exhibits, people
dressed like pirates, wine tastings, skiff races, poker
runs, concerts and crab feasts than you can shake a
sparkler at.) Below is a partial list of Fourth of July
celebrations to whet your appetite. Take note: they're not
all on the fourth.
Sassafras River Boat Parade, July 4
Gather shoreside or get funky and decorate your own boat
for this wacky boat parade, featuring wildly decorated
boats partying and parading down the Sassafras River.
Georgetown, Md. Parade begins at 5 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.
Fourth of July Great American Picnic, July 4
This giant family picnic comes complete with entertainment
by local armed forces bands, children's games, and more,
followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Town Point Park,
Norfolk. 5-10 p.m. www.festeventsva.org.
Liberty Celebration, July 4-6
Honor the founding of our nation at the Yorktown Victory
Center, with re-enacted tactical drills, military
exercises and demonstrations. Yorktown Victory Center,
Yorktown, Va. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 888-593-4682; www.historyisfun.org.
Heritage Day, July 6
Celebrate the Fourth in Deltaville, Va., with arts and
crafts, an art show, crab races, live music and a parade.
Deltaville, Va. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 804-776-7117; www.deltavilleva.com.
Independence Party, July 6
Reedville celebrates the Fourth with a Main Street parade,
live music, food, games and fireworks. Fireworks 9 p.m.
Reedville, Va. 804-453-6529; www.rfmuseum.org
Bay Magazine has teamed up with Bay Boat Buzz to
create the largest exclusively Mid-Atlantic brokerage site
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Kings Creek Marina and Resort in Cape
Charles is offering an Early Week Special for overnight
stays at the marina on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Call for details. (757) 331-8640
Brokerage of Annapolis is
offering complimentary dockage and weekly professional
cleaning until your boat is sold. Available for power and
sailing yachts from 20' to 80'. 410-923-1400
Bay Maritime Museum is
offering free day docking at their members-only marina for
all Family-Level members and above. To join call
410-745-2916 or online at cbmm.org
weekend you could sail one of Chesapeake Bay
Maritime Museum's melonseeds, rowing skiffs or
bateaus in St. Michaels, cheer your favorite racing
crab at the Tilghman Island Seafood Festival, or
watch hydroplanes exceed speeds of 100 at Thunder on
take note: Rudee Inlet shoaling, Severn River
dredging, Norfolk area bridge closure
if your local beach is safe for swimming? There's
a new Swim Guide app for that
Protein fined $7.5 million for polluting the
of driving over the Bay Bridge? Business is
booming for a local drive-over service
US cities for old gaffers
another river falls victim to the invasive northern
not adequate? Learn how to construct a fender
board on this month's Cruiser's Exchange
NOAA's beta-version chart app for Android called
MyNOAA Charts and let them know what you think
reviewer John Page Williams explains how the
Beneteau Barracuda 9's AirStep hull rides on a
cushion of air
upgrade in store for National Weather Services
computer modeling after its models (unlike
Europe's) failed to accurately predict Sandy's
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