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Make Note of Fourth of July Event Provisions


June 12, 2012 - EAA's chapter office often sees a flurry of activity on and around the Fourth of July. Chapters are wise to take advantage of this holiday to grow participation in aviation while celebrating independence. Freedom fly-ins and Fourth of July cookouts are familiar and popular events during this time of year.

Another popular event taking place in almost every community is the traditional Fourth of July parade. Inevitably, every year we have inquiries regarding chapter participation in the local parade. To this we must advise that because the aviation-based Chapter Insurance Plan does not provide coverage for parades, this is a prohibited chapter activity in which chapters should not engage. An alternative to participating in the parade is to coordinate with your local Independence Day fair and promote your chapter by way of a chapter information booth.

This is a great opportunity for chapters to educate their community about the chapter, the Young Eagles program, and any upcoming events the chapter may be planning.

Additionally, the appeal of lighting off some fireworks during a Fourth of July chapter event can be pretty tempting. However, it is definitely best to let the professionals handle lighting up the night sky. Pyrotechnics, which is the art of manufacturing or setting off fireworks, is prohibited during a chapter-sponsored event. Instead, "ooh" and "ahh" the crowd with those pristine static aircraft displays, Young Eagles rides, and your delicious cookout!

If your chapter is planning an event for this Independence Day with extra touches and activities, please keep in mind that the Chapter Insurance Guide, EAA's risk management department, and the chapter office are always available - and valuable - tools for helping your chapter stay safe. Feel free to contact EAA's Liesl Wrolstad at lwrolstad@eaa.org or 920-426-6106 with any insurance questions.

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