Camping on Independence Day is very popular. Independence Day is the 4th day of July and so unlike Memorial Day or Labor Day which are always on a Monday the Fourth of July can happen on a different day of the week each year. Even though the day may be on a Wednesday it will still bring thousands to camping sites all over the country as people get family and friends around them to celebrate one of the most momentous events in the history of our country! This holiday celebrates the actual events that defined and structured our country. Maybe that is why it seems so fitting for the camping enthusiasts around the country to express their freedoms by camping in the great outdoors.
When the Fourth of July lands on a Monday or Tuesday people will often start their family camping trips on Friday night after work and celebrate together all weekend long and will continue through the holiday itself. This provides an excellent time for a close family to invite their extended family to reunite. A camping event is a great way to build family ties.
The work week ends early if the Fourth of July is on a Thursday or Friday. Families head for their camping spots knowing they don’t have to return to the work frenzy until the new work week! Camping sites become very scarce in some of the more popular camping areas and this forces many families to travel to new area further from the beaten path. Because of this some families reserve campgrounds years in advance. Private individuals with extra land including cattle farmers, ranchers and wheat and hay growers will often lease out huge plots of land for Fourth of July camping sites and family reunions.
Land owners with property generally have relationships or common friends with the people they allow onto their property with a basic understanding that the camping groups will leave the campsites clean and in the same condition as when they arrived there. When using private land for camping it is important to maintain the trust of the owners. If you are camping in a national forest or state owned land you will want to do the same and keep the place nice so that your family will be able to take future camping trips there.
Because some people go camping and do not take care of the land, many owners, including state and national agencies impose stricter regulations for camping in certain areas. Those regulations affect all of us, so quickly adopt a camping policy that involves making a campsite better for the next person that will come camping after you! The Fourth of July is a very festive holiday and it is easy to make a mess when having fun. However if you think ahead and bring plenty of sturdy trash bags, you can carry out anything you brought in to your site. By following the basic “golden rule” policy you will have a wonderful Fourth of July camping trip this next year and also secure the right for all of us for many years to come.