Don’t Let Distracted Boating Get You This July 4 Holiday

Via BoatUS

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 25, 2018 – Just like Americans’ hectic Thanksgiving Day holiday travel habits, July 4 is recreational boating’s biggest holiday of the year. The nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water predicts crowded launch ramp and marina facilities with significant recreational boat traffic congestion on lakes, rivers and coastal waters. Operator inattention, improper lookout, operator inexperience, machinery failure, and alcohol use rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents according to the U.S. Coast Guard, and each could come into play on boating’s biggest time of the year. Here are five July 4 safety tips from the BoatUS Foundation:

1. Stop the distractions: Being distracted — even for an instant — can make a good day go bad. Before you head out on the water, learn how to use your GPS at the dock, rather than with your head down, trying to figure out how to toggle between screens while underway. Can you move your hand between the throttle and wheel without looking? Do you know the locations of the trim switch, running lights or bilge switch by feel? If not, spend some time memorizing the locations of your boat controls. When running, try to zone out of unnecessary conversations that are going on around you, with the exception of valuable input from a helpful lookout. Texting and boating is a dangerous activity, just as it is in a car.

2. Hold off on the alcohol until you’re safely ashore or tied up for the night: Added to the effects of sun, wind and waves, alcohol lowers situational awareness. Bring lots of water and other nonalcoholic beverages.

3. The best life jacket is the one you will wear: Spending the extra money on a comfortable life jacket means your chances of wearing it greatly increase. Check out the newer, small lightweight inflatable-style life jackets that are nothing like the uncomfortable life jackets of old. And it’s also always wise to have everyone aboard in life jackets when going to fireworks shows – accidents can happen very quickly, especially after the shows end and the mad dash for home begins. If you need a right-sized kids life jacket, you can borrow one for free from one of 550 locations by going to BoatUS.org/Life-Jacket-Loaner.

4. Some help just for paddlers: Paddlers should understand all of the nautical rules of the road, practice defensive paddling and assume no one can see you. At night, show a white light (glow sticks hung around the paddler’s neck do not qualify). Avoid crowded anchorages and congested ramp areas.

5. About that broken down boat: The nationwide TowBoatUS on-water towing fleet traditionally reports hundreds of requests from boaters needing assistance with battery jumps and anchor-line disentanglements over the July 4 holiday. To avoid having to contact BoatUS 24-hour dispatch (BoatUS.com/App) monitor your boat’s battery drain during the long day on the water, go slow while hauling your anchor line, watch for wakes, and be super vigilant so you don’t run over someone else’s anchor line after the fireworks show ends.

Celebrate July 4th, 2018 with Fireworks & Food at the Riverhouse

Celebrate 4th of July 2018 waterfront at Riverhouse Reef and Grill!  Your front row to the fireworks, live entertainment, full bar, family fun, and full All-American buffet.  Seating is limited, and tickets can be purchased online OR over the phone.  The event will be happening on both floors of the Riverhouse. 

Second Floor Celebration: Celebrate in the “Riverfront Room” banquet space – with dance floor, live DJ, inside seating, wrap around porch for watching the fireworks, 180 degree waterfront views, and All American Buffet.  $59 per person / $15 kids (12 and under.  5 and under are FREE). 

Click here to purchase your tickets. 
Or call the restaurant to purchase your tickets – 941-729-0616

Ground Floor Celebration: Celebrate the 4th in our main restaurant space – inside and outside seating, live music, full waterfront views, and fireworks viewing from your seat or outside patio, and our All American Buffet!  $59 per person / $15 kids (12 and under. 5 and under are FREE)

2018 ALL-AMERICAN BUFFET MENU

  • Prime Rib Carving Station
  • Grilled Chicken with Goat Cheese & Sundried Tomatoes 
  • Tropical Blackened Cod (tropical salsa) 
  • Baked Oysters topped with spinach dip & parmesean 
  • Shrimp Cocktail 
  • Island Time Salad 
  • Rolls & Butter 
  • Potato Salad 
  • Corn on the Cob 
  • Mushroom Risotto 
  • Baked White Cheddar Mac n Cheese 
  • Roasted Rosemary Red Bliss Potatoes 
  • House-made Chips
*Menu subject to change

Click here to purchase your tickets.  
Or call the restaurant to purchase your tickets – 941-729-0616

Cancellations and refunds will be accepted ON OR BEFORE JUNE 28TH, 2018 ONLY. Fireworks are hosted by the City of Bradenton and City of Palmetto, and not the responsibility of Riverhouse Reef and Grill. In the event of inclement weather, the City MAY decide to cancel the fireworks – however the Riverhouse 4th of July Party WILL STILL BE HELD, with or without fireworks, which are beyond the control of Riverhouse. Rain or Shine, the Riverhouse is having a party, and the 4th of July will still occur! Outside seating is partially protected from the weather, but still somewhat open to inclement weather, the Riverhouse can’t guarantee that you will stay completely dry if it rains.

We are looking forward to CELEBRATING WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

Dads Eat 1/2 Price – Father’s Day 2018

Celebrate all your dad does on the waterfront!  Come to the Riverhouse Reef & Grill where Dads Eat 1/2 Price for Father’s Day on June 17, 2018.  

Applies Sunday Brunch or Any Lunch or Dinner Entree
May not be combined with other discounts, coupons or special offers

Call 941-729-0616 now to make reservations. Or CLICK HERE 

JOIN US FOR SUNDAY BRUNCH!

Father’s Day we’ll serve a special dad-inspired Sunday Brunch buffet from 11am to 2pm at our regular Sunday Brunch price of $15 for adults, $6 for kids, and free for kids 5 & under.