Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, photo by Chuck Turk

Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, photo by Chuck Turk

Friday, August 7 is National Lighthouse Day, commemorating the anniversary of the Lighthouse Act of August 7, 1789. Passed by the First Congress of the United States, the act placed control and maintenance of all lighthouses under one governing body, the federal government.

Lighthouses around the country will be celebrating by hosting special events. Check out the lighthouses near you to see what kind of activities you can enjoy.

If you’re in Maine, the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland, Maine offers free admission that day.

For more information on the museum, go to www.MaineLighthouseMuseum.org.

On Staten Island, New York, the National Lighthouse Museum is hosting the official grand opening of its Educational Resource Center from August 7-9. It is located at 200 Promenade at Lighthouse Point, Staten Island, and will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 718-390-0040 or go to www.lighthouse museum.org.

If you live near a lighthouse, you can volunteer to help however you’re needed – whether by being a tour guide or hands-on repair and renovation, for example. If you can’t volunteer physically, financial support is always appreciated.

How can you help keep the light shining?


“You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” Psalm 18:28