Outdoor CanopiesWhether you own a simple popup canopy for personal use or a top-of-the-line personal shelter to help your business grow, summertime is the right time to take every advantage of the canopy’s unique potential. The warm sun, frequent summer showers and abundance of festivals and events all make the late spring through early fall the prime time for using your canopy.

In fact, we think the canopy has more uses than people realize. Here’s just a few examples:

Take your canopy to the park, lakefront, or local national park

Canopies make a great “home base” for families on a daylong excursion to their local park, beach, or national forest. They deploy easily, break down quickly and make a great spot to picnic, take a light snooze or just hang out. If your canopy has sidewalls, it’s also a perfect changing room before heading into the surf.At the park, a canopy transforms any picnic table into a covered pavilion for daytime dining.

Before you set up, remember that some government-run areas (parks, beaches) might have rules against canopies used at certain hours of times of day. You may also need to call ahead to clear the canopy with park or beach supervisors.

Make your canopy the centerpiece of your next party

Outdoor CanopiesWhat’s more charming than a summer party? Throw a celebration for your friends (for Independence Day, Memorial Day, or just because) in your backyard, using the canopy as the center of entertainment. The canopy can shelter ice chests and food tables from the hot summer sun or shelter children and give them a base for their play. It can even shelter the television set showing the big game!

For summer birthday parties, your canopy looks great festooned with balloons and streamers, and even a birthday message strung along its front apron. For Independence day, red white and blue streamers make a great accent. You might even hang a flag from the side of the canopy or fly one from the top.

Bring your canopy to family, church, and organizational events

If your church or volunteer group is having an outdoor fundraiser, why not volunteer your time and your canopy? You’ll help them attract attention and recuperate from the hot summer sun.

Your children and their schools will benefit from your volunteer generosity, too.

Use Your Canopy for Outdoor Projects

On weekends when you’re planning a lot of yard work or landscaping, use your canopy as a way to duck out of the sun. You can also keep your equipment and supplies organized in one place, and save a lot of “back and forth” to the garage or utility room. Canopies can shelter sawhorses, workbenches, planters and planting supplies, and water coolers and rest areas.

Canopies make great places to take a break. Imagine sitting under the canopy with a glass of iced tea after mowing the yard!

Use Summertime For Canopy Upkeep and Maintenance

Outdoor CanopiesWhile you’re working on beautifying your lawn and garden, take care of your canopy, too. Most canopies can be washed clean using only warm water and soap (don’t use detergent. It’ll scratch and tear at the canopy tarp material.)

Allow the canopy to completely dry before breaking it down and returning it to its storage case. This will prevent mildew and help keep the canopy material in top condition.

Visit our canopy cleaning and maintenance guide for more tips on keeping your canopy looking and working like new.

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