June 21st National Sea Shell Day

Today is the first day of summer, officially! And with summer comes trips to the beach where you can swim, ski and sun tan… but if you get bored with all that you can also look for and collect sea shells. In fact many people collect sea shells with a variety of shapes sizes and colors. You can spend the whole day roaming the beach looking for shells and shark teeth and other things that wash up from the sea. Today was created by “The Beaches of Ft. Myers and Sanibel (Island)” in 2016.

How to celebrate – Start a sea shell collection. Listen to the sounds of the ocean in a horned sea shell. Go to the beach.

August 4th U. S. Coastguard Day

Often the forgotten branch of our military, the Coast Guard was formed on August 4th, 1790 with 10 Cutters. They are charged with protecting our shores and waterways here in the United States. In later history they have become the life saving system for those on the water and the force policing the drug traffic being brought in via our ports and beaches. These brave men and women risk their lives nearly daily to keep the rest of us safe in so many ways. Originally called the Revenue Cutter Service, it was changed in 1915 to the U.S. Coast Guard.

How to celebrate – Thank a Coast Guard service person. Visit a Coast Guard base. Learn all the Coast Guard is responsible for.

August 7th National Lighthouse Day

August 7th National Lighthouse Day

This is an official holiday decreed by Congress when they established the lighthouse service on August 7th, 1789. Though lighthouses are not in use today nearly as much as they were a century ago, their importance can never be denied. Most have become museums, some are tourist attractions but all have saved lives at one time or another.  The buildings themselves are monuments to the men and women who served them, keeping their beacons lit. it is impossible to know how many ships have been saved over the years by the guiding lights through fair weather and foul.

How to celebrate – Visit one of the coastal lighthouses. Imagine life as a lighthouse attendant. Read about the history of lighthouses.

August 4th National U.S. Coast Guard Day

August 4th National U.S. Coast Guard Day

Today, in 1790, Congress created the Revenue Cutter Service designed to collect tariffs for the government. At first ten ships were ordered and expected to collect tariffs all along the seaboard. As the years continued the Service became the Coast Guard, in 1915, with the duty of protecting the shoreline of America from enemies, both domestic and foreign. Their duties now include rescue and aide to any in need. Though they are often forgotten as a branch of the military, they are equal too.

How to celebrate – Visit a Coast Guard base, make sure it’s open to the public. Thank any Coast Guard service personal you see for their service. Read about the history of the Coast Guard.