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National Nude Recreation Week

The Independence Day in the United States is just a few days away. Following the holiday comes National Nude Recreation week July 5-11, 2021. This week is a time to celebrate life without the limits of clothing.

You might ask why someone would want to go naked in public and with others. Well because it is natural. We were all born without clothing and has one person said after that, everything else is just drag. Think about it, you’re naked under your clothes right now and it’s time to celebrate natural living!


Woycke, James, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Nude Recreation Week started in 1974 as a protest because of a shut down of all nude sunbathing on Cape Cod’s beaches along the Atlantic Coast. The shut down came about because the superintendent of the Cape Cod National Seashore banned nude sunbathing because he thought it was creating a public nuisance.

It was originally formed as the nude beach celebration by the “Free The Beach Committee.” It was such a success that word quickly spread across the country and a west coast group joined the effort. The first Nude Weekend was held in 1978 in Cape Cod. This event continued on every year after. The founder of the Nude Weekend, Lee Baxandall later founded The Naturist Society in 1980. He used his resources to promote the Nude Weekend all across the United States.

Hiking Naked at Mountain Air Ranch
Dustin, hiking at Mountain Air Ranch June 2021. Copyright 2021. All Rights Reserved.

Nude Weekend soon became Nude Recreation Week and is now celebrated by nudists and naturists organizations across the country. The purpose of the week is to spread the word about naturism and all of the clothing-optional opportunities all over the United States.

So, how do you celebrate Nude Recreation Week? If this is your first time, you might want to start with one of these:

  1. Hop into your own pool or hot tub without a swimsuit.
  2. Crank up the tunes and dance in the living room without clothing.
  3. Cook on the BBQ wearing only your cooking apron and hot mitts.

Once you get the hang of enjoying normal every day things in the buff, try these out:

  1. Go skinny-dipping or to a nude beach. Find a local clothing optional hot spring or beach. A few popular places include, Haulover Beach in Florida, Blacks Beach in California or Hippie Hollow in Texas.
  2. Visiting your local naturist resort. These were once called “nudist colonies.” Many naturist clubs and resorts will be hosting Nude Recreation Week events.
  3. Take a Nakation! There are a lot of clothing-optional venues around the world. Just think of all the money you’ll save with no luggage fees.
  4. Host a nude party! Invite over your friends for a BBQ and game day at your own home. This might be an opportunity to help show someone else the joy of living naturally!

Lastly, don’t forget your sunscreen and bug spray! Go have fun and celebrate living naturally.


People Hiking Nude in Gard – Gilbau, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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