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.