Everyone loves a good day at the beach, right? Celebrate your affinity for the coast on August 30 on National Beach Day! The holiday began in 2014 to pay homage to the beauty of the beach while also calling attention to keeping them clean and safe. A Southern California native, Colleen Paige started National Beach Day as a tribute to the place where she spent many days growing up. She also wanted to make sure visitors act responsibly and ensure they aren’t harming the wildlife and animals who call the water their home. Every year, millions of beach animals die from trash and debris left behind by beachgoers. It’s important that those enjoying beaches take the time to leave no trace after their fun in the sun is over. By simply cleaning up, you reduce the risk of animals getting trapped or tangled in trash, and lessen the chance that their homes will be destroyed by garbage or waste. You can swim, dive, surf, and take in the world’s beauty at the beach. From private to public beaches, you can wear a full cover-up, or nothing at all to spend the day in the sand. Be sure to do your part and keep beaches clean for the animals that live there and all the generations of beach fans to come!
Why We Love National Beach Day
A. 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, and often wreak havoc on the animals’ habitat.
B. It’s a chance to be outside an active
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!
C. It promotes giving back to beach organizations
There are many organizations out there that help all year long to keep beaches clean and fun. Save Our Beach works to “educate individuals, companies, schools & 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 to do your part.
How to Celebrate National Beach Day
1. Keep the SPF handy
The light rays of the sun reflect off the ocean water, making it even more intense for your skin. As you spend the day outside, you are exposing yourself to lots of UV rays. Protect your skin while you’re in direct sunlight by applying some sunscreen. Not only will you ward off sunburns and stings, but you’ll help defend your skin from premature aging.
2. Host a beach bbq and clean up party
Invite your friends out to take part in an environmentally-friendly shindig on the beach. Have enough hot dogs and other favorite beach snacks on hand for your guests. Bring a volleyball or a football to throw around, or a guitar to sing some fun summertime favorites. When you’re done, make sure to clean up, and take some time to comb the beach for additional trash.
3. Throw a beach-themed party
Not near an actual beach, but still want to celebrate? Go all out and turn your backyard into a seashore soiree. Serve up fruity cocktails with funky paper umbrellas. Grill up kebabs and cut up some watermelon. Keep seating simple by making the meal picnic-style on beach blankets and towels. Break out the limbo stick and cornhole boards for your guests to have the full beach experience!
National Beach Day - Key Moments
The BEACH Act Passes
The BEACH Act requires the EPA to develop criteria for testing, monitoring, and notifying public users of possible coastal recreation water problems
The Coastal Zone Management Act
This act aims to “preserve, protect, develop, and where possible, to restore or enhance the resources of the nation’s coastal zone.”
The Clean Water Act
The Clean Water Act sets water quality and pollution control standards to keep America's waters clean, including its beaches