Fireworks start at dark, usually around 9:15 pm and are launched from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool --- lighting up the sky over the Washington Monument.
We will launch from two locations, Key Bridge Boathouse and Gravelly Point, paddle from there down river or up river, and moor opposite the Lincoln Memorial along Roosevelt Island. From there we will watch the fireworks from our boats and enjoy the food and drink that we all bring. Map is posted below and is useful for those that arrive later and don't paddle with the group.
To view a larger version of the map, click this link:
Key Bridge Boathouse group:
Patricia will lead the group paddling from the Key Bridge Boathouse (formerly Jack's Boathouse, where she keeps her kayak). This group will depart there between 6:45 - 7:00 PM and paddle together to Roosevelt Island. Please let her know if you are paddling from there and plan to meet her at 6:45 PM. She will wait within reason for you before launching the boats and heading to Roosevelt Island.
Gravelly Point group:
Dave will lead the group paddling from the Gravelly Point. The vehicle entrance to Gravelly Point will likely become congested so you should plan to arrive no later than 5:00 PM. This group will depart between 5:45 - 6:00 PM and paddle together to Roosevelt Island. Please let Dave know if you are paddling from there and plan to meet him at 5:45 PM. He will wait within reason for you before launching the boats and heading to Roosevelt Island.
Paddling Group Assistants Needed:
We are looking for a couple experienced kayakers to assist Patricia and I leading the two groups. If you would like to volunteer, please either email or call Patricia and let her know who you are and what location you will be launching from. Her number is[masked]-2834.
- We will establish “Buddy Clusters” of kayaks. Members of each cluster will keep an eye on their fellow members so we can keep track of each other for safety and in case anyone needs assistance.
- Be sure you have a piece of rope or bungee cord to tie to your fellow paddler's craft so we can form the flotilla and a light to strap on your boat as well as a headlamp.
- When the fireworks end there can be a lot of large boat traffic on the water and you need to abide by the rules of the water, have your lights, and stay toward the edge.
- You will need to provide your own kayak. If you do not own a kayak you will have to rent or borrow.
- A life jacket is required. A light strapped to the boat and headlamp are also necessities.
- Please post what food and drink you plan to bring to share with others. We will post additional details regarding the picnic later.
- Alcohol is not allowed on Gravelly Point. You may or may not be asked to allow your vehicle to be inspected when you enter Gravelly Point. One option would be to give someone in the Key Bridge Boathouse group your alcohol prior to that evening and have them transport it to Roosevelt Island on your behalf.
- Harbor Police will be out attempting to keep order.
- Insecticide is a good idea.
- Last year some folks jumped right in the river following the fireworks. You know who you are!
Kayak Rental Info:
Key Bridge Boathouse (formerly Jack's Boathouse)
Evening rental period: 6:30pm - 11:30pm
Single kayak - $70
Double kayak - $100 (SOLD OUT)
Stand-up paddleboard - $85
Canoe - $145 (SOLD OUT)
If you rent a kayak from Key Bridge Boathouse, look for Patricia at 6:45 PM and paddle over to the south end of Roosevelt Island with the group that she is leading.