Lighthouses were vital to shipping back in the days of the sail, and even in early powers ships. Navigational tools were not what they are today and ships often went aground or sailed into rocks where no lighthouses existed. The first lighthouse in the world is believed to be one built in 300-200 BC in Egypt. The first lighthouse in America was in Boston , 1716. It was privately owned which eventually became a problem so the Federal Government took over the operations of most lighthouses in the United States on August 7th, 1789. Today was created by the U.S. Congress in 1989.
How to celebrate – Though most lighthouses are no longer operative you can still find ones to climb and view out of. Read about the exploits of lighthouse keepers over the years. See how many lighthouses there are in your state, you might be surprised.
So if you like to walk on the beach I’m going to bet that at some point you started collecting sea shells. Maybe not for long, maybe for a lifetime, doesn’t matter… the point is, most of us have collected sea shells in one way or the other. There are conch shells, clam shells, sand dollars and even sea horse shells that are the most common to find, the one time homes to sea faring creatures who no longer need them. It is a fun way to remember the beaches you visit and show your ability to find beautiful sea shells. Today was created by the Beaches of St. Myers and Sanibel in 2016.
How to celebrate – Go looking for sea shells. Choose which type of shell is your favorite and start a collection. You can look for shark’s teeth as well!
Today was created in order to try and save our oceans before they become too polluted to function as they were intended. It’s called the 30/30 plan as organizations all over the world try to save just 30% of the oceans across the face of the earth. Conservation groups tend to focus on areas close to their heart, whether that is erosion, saving sea life, sustaining the environment and so on. They need your donations and attention to save these precious resources. It’s like any other resource, abuse it and lose it.
How to celebrate – See how many oceans you can name without looking (there are 7 of them). Go to beach. Get involved in an organization trying to preserve our oceans.
It definitely takes a very special person to serve on a submarine. Even in the modern submarines the quarters are tight and you may not see daylight for months at a time. Submarines have been around since before the American Revolution. The first successful submarine was the Turtle in 1775, although it was only did minor damage. During the Civil War submarines sank themselves more often than another ship. Today submarines patrol the world, ready to strike at any moment.
How to celebrate – Learn more about the submarine service. Visit one of the submarines now serving as a museum. “Run Silent, Run Deep”
People used to think we would have whales forever, they are now learning that it is becoming less likely. In the past, people hunting whales was their biggest threat as no other sea creature could even challenge them. Today, it’s the loss of natural habitat and pollution that is killing them off. World Whale Day started in 1980 in Maui, Hawaii and has become an ongoing affair.
How to celebrate – Go whale sighting if you get the chance. Learn what you can do to make the whale’s habitat safer. Visit Hawaii.
We are terrorized by sharks in the water these days. Ever since Jaws we envision them attacking us for no good reason but that just isn’t true. Sharks have been around for over 230 million years and humans have never been on the top selling list for shark treats. In fact, only 7 deaths are average a year from shark attacks across the entire world. Yet we humans kill more than a million sharks every year. The odds of your getting attacked by a shark are 1 in 11. Million chances. Lightening is 1- 500,000 chances. So why not learn more about sharks and kiss a shark instead of being afraid of a shark!
How to celebrate – Study sharks from a safe distance, so maybe kiss a shark through the aquarium glass or better yet – a stuffed animal shark! Do not challenge a shark in the water, they are a better swimmer than you. Pay attention to shark warnings at the beach.
The first lighthouse in the United States was built, and dedicated, on August 7th, 1789. 200 years later Congress celebrated the achievement by naming National Lighthouse Day in 1989. I wonder how many lives the lighthouses have saved in those years? Also how many men and women have been lost serving at those lighthouses? Most lighthouses have gone out of business with the recent advances in maritime technology but the lure of the lighthouse has never really disappeared. Many have been preserved just so people don’t forget.
How to celebrate – Read about the history of lighthouses. Visit a lighthouse. Buy a miniature lighthouse for your home.
The Coast Guard was formed with 10 Cutters on August 4th, 1790. Back then it was called the Revenue Cutter Service and it’s design was to collect revenue from ships coming into port and to protect the home waters of the then original 13 Colonies. In 1915 the name was changed to the U.S. Coast Guard which not only protected the United States home waters but began saving the lives of those in danger on the seas. With the formation of Homeland Security being formed on 2002 the Coast Guard has taken on even more duties and, of course, many more states to protect.
How to celebrate – Read about the Coast Guard history. Read about the convoy duties the Coast Guard had during World War 2. Visit a Coast Guard base. (If they will allow you on base.)
We are terrorized by sharks in the water these days. Ever since Jaws we envision them attacking us for no good reason but that just isn’t true. Sharks have been around for over 230 million years and humans have never been on the top selling list for shark treats. In fact, only 7 deaths are average a year from shark attacks across the entire world. Yet we humans kill more than a million sharks every year. The odds of you getting attacked by a shark are 1 in 11 Million. You have more of a chance of being struck by lightning which is a 1in 500,000 chance.
How to celebrate – Study sharks from a safe distance. Do not challenge a shark in the water, they are a better swimmer than you. Pay attention to shark warnings at the beach.
Today is the first day of summer, officially! And with summer comes trips to the beach where you can swim, ski and sun tan… but if you get bored with all that you can also look for and collect sea shells. In fact many people collect sea shells with a variety of shapes sizes and colors. You can spend the whole day roaming the beach looking for shells and shark teeth and other things that wash up from the sea. Today was created by “The Beaches of Ft. Myers and Sanibel (Island)” in 2016.
How to celebrate – Start a sea shell collection. Listen to the sounds of the ocean in a horned sea shell. Go to the beach.