What are your plans for the Friday after Thanksgiving? Join us in celebrating Blue Friday! 

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Blue Friday is a way to spend time on or near the water the day after Thanksgiving. 

What is Blue Friday? It’s simple: on the Friday after Thanksgiving, go down to the water. While you’re there, maybe think about what you’re thankful for. You don’t have to go out in a boat (but you certainly can!). We’ve found that a simple walk with a water view is a really nice way to spend time with family and out of town friends who are visiting for the holiday. Some of our readers like to bring along a garbage bag and clean up the beach with their kids or stroll along the shoreline with their pup.

The point is, let’s get outside and do what we love. How will you find a way to celebrate the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries? Between now and Thanksgiving, reach out to your fishing buddies, family members, co-workers, neighbors, slip mates, and cruising friends. Ask if any of them want to meet up on Blue Friday to burn off that big turkey dinner and enjoy some fresh air with you. If your group decides to go out on the water, please use good cold weather boating sense. File a float plan, wear PFDs, and use wet or dry suits if needed. 

After you’ve spent time by the water, then you can go shopping. But consider shopping local this year. If you’re in need of a boating good or service, you’ll find a multitude of options within the pages of PropTalk and in our Holiday Gift Guide. And if you shop with our advertisers, make sure to say PropTalk sent you.

One way to encourage others to join the Blue Friday movement is to share your photos that day. Post them to social media with #bluefriday, tag @PropTalkMagazine, or email them to [email protected].  We started this idea back in 2015 and we love how it continues to grow in participation each year. Let’s kick off the holiday season by enjoying the water!