August 7th is Lighthouse Day and is celebrated 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 7th as National Lighthouse Day. The day was set to recognize the importance of lighthouses in maritime navigation and for providing ships safe harbor during bad weather.
Ways to Celebrate:
- Visit the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum. We are lucky enough to have one of the country’s oldest & most beautiful lighthouses right here in our own backyard. This year
- 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. A great place to start is the Lighthouse Preservation Society website.