National Lighthouse Day | August 7
Mon Aug 7th

National Lighthouse Day


National Lighthouse Day, the observance of light on August 7th annually, honors the beacon of light that has for hundreds of years represented safety and protection for ships and boats at sea. The beacon of light could be found on virtually all of America's shorelines at one time.

A lighthouse is described as a tower, building, or other similar structure that is intended to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and be used as an aid to navigation for maritime pilots on sea or inland waterways.

A lighthouse can be used for a variety of tasks, including identifying hazardous coastlines, explosive shoals, and reefs providing safe access to harbors. They also provide aerial assistance. They're now brilliantly lit by electric or oil-fueled lamps, having been ignited by open fire and candles. However, the number of lighthouses is decreasing, although the number of lighthouses are decreasing. Maintenance is costly, and new electrical navigation services are being installed.

Lighthouse facts

  • Their style will vary depending on the location and purpose, but they have common elements
  • At the top of a lighthouse tower, the lantern room is a glassed-in housing at the top of a lighthouse tower
  • The Watch Room or Service Room is the lantern room, which is located in the lantern room
  • An open gallery is located next to the Watch room
  • With Britain's Trinity House building its first in 1609, growth accelerated in the 17th century
  • The first lighthouse in North America, St. Augustine, Florida, was built in St. Augustine, Florida. It had been designed by Menendez after his landing in 1586 on a 1791 map
  • In 1716, Boston Light was built on little Brewster Island
  • The Sandy Hook Lighthouse in New Jersey, the country's oldest operating lighthouse, is the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. This lighthouse, which was built in 1764, is still in operation
  • The United States had the most lighthouses of any nation at the end of the 19th century
  • In 1789, the US Bureau of Lighthouses was established by the 9th Act of the first Congress, which placed lighthouses under federal jurisdiction
  • On July 7, 1939, the United States Coast Guard took over. 1939, the United States Coast Guard took over
  • Hobbyists love visiting and photographing lighthouses. They also have ceramic replicas

How to celebrate national lighthouse day is a little known fact

Near you, there are tour lighthouses on tour. Take a road trip. With lighthouses on every coast and the great lakes, one or two is certainly worth the trip. As you celebrate, you will learn more about lighthouses as well.

  • By Sylke Jackson, read lighthouses of North America: Beacons from coast to coast
  • Watch a lighthouse documentary on lighthouses. A Day in the Life of a Lighthouse Keeper A view from National Geographic. Or perhaps, Behind the Light: The Lighthouse Keepers will be of concern to you
  • Describe your experiences visiting lighthouses, from visits to lighthouse museums around the country

Share your photos of lighthouses and use #NationalLighthouseDay to post on social media.

The national lighthouse day is the longest day of national lighthouse day in the United States' history

The United States Congress passed an act on August 7, 1789, authorizing the "establishment and protection of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers." Congress designated August 7 as National Lighthouse Day two hundred years ago.