National Lighthouse Day

{a pause in road trip reports}


August 7 is National Lighthouse Day.  According to the American Lighthouse Foundation, It was on this day in 1789, that Congress approved an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouse, beacons, buoys and public piers. In Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the signing of the Act and the commissioning of the first Federal lighthouse, Congress passed a resolution which designated August 7, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day.

Lighthouses around the country are open for tours today (some tomorrow). Some are honoring the day by offering reduced admission prices or having storytellers and children’s programs available. The Fire Island National Seashore Lighthouse in New York is doing just that. The Cape May Lighthouse in Cape May, NJ is hosting an extravagant event with refreshments, vendors, and live performances.  If you live near a lighthouse look for events in your local paper or online.

And if you don’t live near a lighthouse, read these Lighthouse Fun Facts from Coastal Living to join in on the celebration. Who doesn’t love a pretty lighthouse?