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Polar Bear Plunge Day – January 1, 2024

A polar bear plunge is an event which takes place during the winter where participants join a body of water despite the low temperature. In the United States, polar bear plunges take place to raise money for a charitable organization. In Canada, polar bear swims are usually conducted on New Year’s Day to mark the new year.


The oldest-documented New Year’s Day polar bear plunge event was held in 1904 when the L Street Brownies, a swim club established in 1902 in South Boston, Massachusetts.


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Polar plunges across the United States

  • Seattle (since 1993);
  • Evergreen, Colorado;
  • New York (the Coney Island Polar Bear Club);
  • Lake George, NY;
  • Boston (since 1904);
  • Milwaukee’s Bradford Beach (since 1916);
  • New Hampshire;
  • and New Jersey.


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