On August 7, 1789 the United States Congress had the bright idea to approve an act “for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers.” It only took two hundred years for Congress to have another bright idea—and in 1989 it passed a resolution to designate August 7th as National Lighthouse Day to celebrate the anniversary of the lighthouse act.
Originally erected to enhance safety and boost trade along our country’s coasts, lighthouses were once important landmarks and critical navigation aids, casting brilliant beams to guide ships safely to harbor through fog, storms and the dark of night. While modern technology has decommissioned most of these shoreline sentinels, the beacons hold a special place in American history. The tales and maritime mythology that surround them are fascinating lore, and the structures are iconic symbols of safe harbor.
Today many of these towers have been transformed into museums, parks and attractions that both celebrate and preserve maritime history. Many feature tours that offer you the chance to relive the past and enjoy the panoramic views that were once the sole domain of lighthouse keepers.
In celebration of National Lighthouse day, here’s a look at a few of the most historic lighthouses in the United States.
1. Boston Light—Little Brewster Island (outer Boston Harbor), Massachusetts
The Wakestock festival will be held in Muskoka, Canada August 7 through August 10
August is the busiest boating month of the year in North America and with all that boating, it’s easy to overlook some of the great events that are happening. Fear not, we’ve assembled the major events happening this month in the list below. Did we miss any of your favorites? Continue reading
The sun’s up, the heat is on, and you’re heading out for a well-deserved day chillin’ on the water. How are you going to keep your cool? Break out of the box! Many coolers today offer innovative features and amenities that add fun to your refreshment. Check these out:
The “Coolest” is a crowd-funded project on Kickstarter. It blew it’s goal of raising $50,000 out of the water and currently has raised $7,500,000 with over a month left in the campaign. The “Coolest” has a battery powered blender, Bluetooth speaker and USB charger on board. Continue reading
When country star Jake Owen isn’t hanging out on a tour bus or performing his hit song of the summer, “Beachin’”, he practically lives on the water. We’ve teamed up with Jake on his ‘Days of Gold’ tour, so we had to ask, “What are your boating essentials?” Continue reading
This is a guest post by professional basketball player, Ronny Turiaf.
Ronny Turiaf and the Discover Boating team at the Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show
Growing up with paradise-like surroundings, blazing sun and the famous Caribbean trade winds provided me the perfect dream destination recipe. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was fortunate enough to grow up surrounded by water throughout my childhood and early teenage years. Looking back, I now realize there is nothing better than being on the water. Continue reading