Lighthouses are beautiful, historical, and useful. If you have an interest in lighthouses, you'll be pleased to know National Lighthouse Day is August 7. Consider celebrating National Lighthouse Day on Fire Island.

Lighthouses existed even before electricity. Before lighthouses were powered by electricity, they were illuminated by burning coal and fires. Eventually, lighthouses transitioned to oil-burning lamps. It wasn’t until 1875 that electric lamps were used in lighthouses.

Lighthouses are located on shorelines. Many shorelines are on cliffs or areas that get severe weather. To this day, many lighthouses stand tall, even after facing high winds, storms, and extreme conditions. The oldest lighthouse in the United States is the Boston Lighthouse on Little Brewster Island in Boston, Harbor, MA. It was built in 1716. Not only are lighthouses beautiful structures, but they're also resilient and strong buildings that can provide a glimpse into history.

The Fire Island Lighthouse was used to help transatlantic ships arrive at the New York Harbor during the turn of the last century. For many European immigrants, the Fire Island Light was the first thing they saw when arriving in America.

The Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society was founded in 1982. Society preserves the lighthouse and its history through education and capital improvements.

The lighthouse museum, tower, and gift shop on Fire Island are now open. The museum and gift shop are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the tower is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Footwear is required for all guests.

For more information about the Fire Island Lighthouse, call 631-583-5901. To book a stay on Fire Island for August 7, get in touch with Fire Island Boatel. You can book your reservations on our website or by calling 833-342-6283.