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When is National Lighthouse Day? National Lighthouse Day is observed every year on August 7th.

What is National Lighthouse Day? Over two hundred years ago on August 7, 1789, Congress approved an act that established nautical safety devices, namely: beacons, buoys, public piers, and lighthouses. In memory of that act, on August 7, 1989, the 200-year anniversary of the act, Congress commemorated August 7 as National Lighthouse Day.

Fun facts about National Lighthouse Day! Due to the function of the lighthouse – as a recognition of safety, land, and sight – the lighthouse carried a strong cultural element of hope. The lighthouse was an image of blessing and guidance and a picture or replica of a lighthouse could often be found in people’s homes, hence Congress wanting to affirm that rich symbolic meaning by creating National Lighthouse Day.

How to celebrate National Lighthouse Day: The best way to observe National Lighthouse Day is to visit a lighthouse! Check out your shorelines and make a trip to these national representations of hope. Often times, where there is one lighthouse then there are several more not so far away. Make a day of it!

What is the hashtag for National Lighthouse Day? Share lighthouse photos using #nationallighthouseday!