A pontoon boat decorated as a shark.


Every year, to celebrate Independence Day, the PLIA organizes a boat parade around Pawtuckaway Lake on July 4th.  People decorate all kinds of boats—from pontoons to kayaks to power boats to jet skis—with patriotic or fanciful themes, and congregate at the north end of the lake for our annual parade.  Residents and vacationers turn out on their docks, rafts, beaches, and decks to cheer and wave as the boats pass by.


The last “port of call” is in front of the State Park beach, where boats are greeted by swimmers and sand loungers, to the delight of everyone involved.  Look for announcements of this fun-filled event on this website in late June, with details and particulars.  It is always on the 4th.  At 10:00 AM boats gather at the north end near the Twin Islands, proceed southward in a clockwise direction at 10:30 AM, and then cruise slowly in a circle around the lake as boats fall in line behind the leader.  You can see some photos from previous years on our Boat Parade Photos page.  And as always, see you on the lake!