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What Is Pool Opening Day and How Can I Celebrate?

Every year, on the last Saturday in April, pool owners celebrate National Pool Opening Day. In anticipation of summer fun in the sun, they prep their pools with chemicals and get ready to dive in.


In 2023, Pool Opening Day falls on April 29th. Whether you’re here before or after this date, we’re here to equip you with everything you need to know to enjoy your first pool day of the season.


Celebrate National Pool Opening Day with a Pool Party


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Wondering how to celebrate pool opening day? Sure, you could just get things up and running and leave it at that. But why not set things off in style with a pool opening party? Invite everyone over and make a splash with the first big pool celebration of the year!


These pool party planning tips can help you make it a success:


Prepare Your Pool Water Ahead of the Party


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For the safety of you and your guests, opening the pool for the season simply must start with cleaning. It may not be a whole lot of fun to scrub and sanitize, but it is essential to get these tasks done. Before making a splash:


  • Clean out the filtration system and ensure it’s in good working condition.
  • Skim the bottom of the pool and use a net to remove leaves and debris.
  • Remove all winter plugs and reinstall pool and pump equipment.
  • Test the chemical levels and adjust pH, alkalinity, calcium, and chlorine levels accordingly.
  • Clean your in-pool furniture and accessories.


Make It All Fun and Games


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After you’ve got your pool ready and all of your guests have arrived, it’s time to have some fun in the sun! Keep your party guests entertained with games and more, and everyone will remember your pool opening day celebration.


While playing in the pool, you can always go with a classic like Marco Polo or Sharks and Minnows. These pool games don’t require any equipment and they let everyone join in on the excitement.


To keep things interesting, you’ll want to switch up the game every once in a while. It could also help to have some toys available. Give your guests access to balls, floats, and more and there will be no shortage of fun inside the water.


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You could also offer some fun outside of the water. Whether you prep your space with an outdoor ping pong table or a couple of cornhole boards, setting out some lawn games can allow your pool party guests a nice alternative to swimming.


No matter which activity you chose, you’re sure to have a super fun time in the sun with your friends and family!


Fuel the Fun With Delicious Food and Drinks


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No celebration is complete without food and drinks. All the energy used in the swimming pool can really work up an appetite and you’ll want to keep everyone hydrated while you’re out in the hot sun.


Since most of your time will be spent in the pool, there’s no need for anything elaborate. Basic BBQ fare, offering flavorful burgers and grilled meats, is sure to satisfy. Or, skip the cooking completely and set out some bite-sized snacks on a charcuterie board.


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Whatever you serve, you can’t forget the beverages. Cool refreshments are a must for beating the heat, so fill up a cooler or in-pool ice bin with plenty of ice and your favorite drinks. Water bottles, fruit juices, and soda all make excellent options. You can also add in some beer, seltzer, or wine – just be sure to drink in moderation to avoid dehydration in the summer heat.


Make Way for Luxurious Relaxation


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A national pool opening day celebration can really wear you out. By the end, you’ll have put the work into getting the pool clean and running again, had lots of fun and games, and enjoyed some good eats. After this long day outside, you’ll need a break.


Find much-needed relaxation in your own poolside paradise with a couple of in-pool chaises on the pool ledge. Lounge in luxury with a tasty drink in hand, soaking up the sun in style. It’s a great way to end such a perfect pool day.


Enjoy Your Poolside Paradise All Year Long


With a well-planned pool party, National Pool Opening Day can be the start to making more memories with your loved ones this pool season. By following the pool party planning tips we’ve shared, you can ensure your pool is in top condition and your guests are comfortable and entertained.


But why stop at this one pool party event? Elevate your pool experience for the entire year by shopping our collection of in-pool furniture. From shelf seating and in pool coffee tables to outdoor sunbeds, we have everything you need for a stylish and comfortable pool area. Create the ultimate outdoor oasis today and make a splash this summer!


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