When is National Lighthouse Day?
August 7th is always National Lighthouse Day.
What is this Holiday for?
National Lighthouse Day honors and commemorates a beacon of light that symbolizes safety and security for boats at sea.
What is a lighthouse
A lighthouse is a tower, building or, framework designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses or, in older times, from a fire and used as an aid to navigation and to pilots at sea. Lighthouses are used to mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, safe entries to harbors and can also assist in aerial navigation. Once widely used, the number of operational lighthouses has declined due to replacement by modern electronic navigational aids.
Origin of National Lighthouse Day:
On this day in 1789, the U.S. Congress enacted legislation allowing the federal government control over the creation and maintenance of lighthouses. This special day evolved out of this event, and in recent years, through efforts to preserve lighthouses as a important historical symbol in America.
Popular culture and symbolism
Visiting and photographing lighthouses are popular hobbies as is collecting ceramic replicas of them. In some locations, lighthouses have become popular travel destinations in themselves and the buildings are maintained as tourist attractions. In the US, National Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is celebrated on the first weekend of August and International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is celebrated on the third weekend. Many lighthouses are open to the public and Amateur Radio Operators often communicate between them on these days.
Throughout maritime history, Lighthouses have shined their powerful, sweeping lights through the fog and storms, allowing ships of all kinds to find their way back to port during bad weather.
- They remain the universal symbol of safe harbor to ships and communities that rely upon the sea for their livelihood.
How can I Celebrate National Pig Day?
- Have a Pig Party! - Go Blue! Have a water and lighthouse theme.
- Take a field trip to a lighthouse and take the tour! -
- Blog with us about it! - We have a blog called "Everyday is a Holiday" so visit our pages and tell us about your favorite lighthouse.
Can you name 10 things your grateful for today?
I'm grateful for all the meat available to eat.
I'm grateful for pets which help us heal emotionally.
I'm grateful for the entertainment that animals bring.
I'm grateful for great neighbors who help me catch run away pets.
I'm grateful for the sound of the ocean as it waves crash on the shore.
I'm grateful for the singing birds in the morning.