August 7 is celebrated as Lighthouse Day in the United States as a way to commemorate the signing of the Act for the Establishment and support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers by the U.S. Congress in 1789.
In 1989, the Congress passed a resolution designating August 7 as National Lighthouse Day. The day aims to recognize the importance of lighthouses in maritime navigation and for providing ships safe harbor during bad weather.
How to Celebrate?
While lighthouses are becoming less and less important for the maritime industry, thanks to technological advances in GPS and radar systems, their historical importance cannot be understated. Use this day to read about the history of lighthouses.
If you are near the coast, why not visit one?
Contribute to preservation societies and groups working towards preserving historical lighthouses.
Did You Know...
...that before electricity was used to fuel the lighthouse lamp, some lighthouses used whale oil?