The Birch Bay Polar Bear Plunge
Started in 1982 by local residents on a dare, this annual ritual draws hundreds of participants and thousands of onlookers each year and has become a destination spot for New Years Day! Participants come from all over the area, and as far away as Spain, Tokyo, and Dubai to plunge in to the bay’s chilly water.
There is no cost to take the plunge, but registration is encouraged because people who do so receive an official “I Took The Plunge” certificate and hot beverages.
T-shirts available for purchase.
Come join hundreds of people from all over the Pacific Northwest and the World and be part of this annual tradition!
Participant’s range from children to senior adults. There are four costume judging categories with prizes for:
– Best Child Costume (12 and under)
– Most Unique Costume
– Best Individual Costume
– Best Group Costume
(No awards are given for length of time in the water)
Date: January 1st
Location: Birch Bay Waterfront (approx. 7900 Birch Bay Drive)
Registration:10:00 AM or Online Here
Costume Judging: 11:30 AM
The Plunge: Noon
Register to "Take the Plunge!"
Register for Costume Contest
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December 31, 2017
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Birch Bay, Washington
January 1, 2018