Butte County, Calif.—Monday’s hot weather was perfect for Memorial Day which is often seen as the kick-off to summer.
Wearing his brand new life-jacket with an American-flag design on it, seven-year-old John Kennedy of Chico is ready to experience his first boat ride on Lake Oroville.
He and his family decided to spend Memorial Day on the water. "We’re going to have lunch, we're going to go tubing, and we're going to try and get up on a wakeboard," said his mom, Erin Kennedy of Chico.
Kennedy said she's thankful to have the freedom to experience Lake Oroville, something that’s made possible thanks to those that have sacrificed their lives in the military.
"It's just so beautiful and it's huge, you can get lost out there, it's kind of amazing that so many people can launch out there," she said.
Today has a special meaning for the Kennedy family--John's grandpa served in the navy during the Vietnam War, and he wants to tell him, "thank you for protecting our country, and I love you."
"Thank you vets, thank you people who serve, thank those families who've had loved ones give their lives for our country. We're so lucky to live in this country and have freedoms," said Kennedy.
Jason Maxson is the assistant general manager at Lime Saddle and wants to remind boaters that the lake level is low, meaning channels are narrower so there's not as much room for as many boats.
"It's just a great place to be with family and get out and have some fun, enjoy the water, the water temperature is coming up a little bit it's about 72 degrees now," Maxson said.
Memorial Day is also important to Maxson because his dad was a marine that served during Vietnam War, and said it's important to pause and remember the sacrifice of those that have served.
“Every day is a good day to remember, but it's a specially good day to remember all the people that help make this country what it is, kept us safe, and given us the ability to have a recreation like this," he said.
Of course if you do come out the state parks patrol reminds you to both drink and boat responsibly so everyone on the water can stay safe while having fun.