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  • Writer's pictureJace Shoemaker-Galloway

National Lighthouse Day: Celebrating America’s iconic guiding lights

Today shines the spotlight on one of this nations most iconic structures. Aug. 7 is National Lighthouse Day, an annual holiday" that celebrates those iconic beacons of light that once burned bright across America's shorelines.

National Lighthouse Day

On this day in 1789, the United States Congress approved an act for the “establishment and support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys, and Public Piers.” 200 years later, Congress designated August 7 asNational Lighthouse Day.


For centuries, these magnificent towers of light helped ships and boats safely navigate the waters during total darkness, fog and inclement weather. With only 600 lighthouses left standing, the iconic symbols that remain today serve as important reminders of our nation’s maritime history.

In honor of National Lighthouse Day, why not visit a lighthouse near you?

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