Some of the bravest men and women in the United States are part of the Coast Guard. This important maritime first responder is the principal agency that is responsible for the safety of ships and individuals in U.S. ports and waterways. They are also responsible for environmental stewardship.
This branch of the armed services is the main line of defense that surrounds our ocean borders and this day was made to celebrate their bravery and service. Let’s dive in and see what makes our coast guard so integral to our country.
A History Of National Coast Guard Day
The Coast Guard was originally created in 1790 by Alexander Hamilton, and they were originally referred to as the Revenue Cutter Service. Their original job was to collect customs duties in American seaports.
The coast guard as we know it today came into fruition as the merger of the Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Life-Saving Service. This merger happened on January 28, 1915, allowing it to become one of the nation’s five different armed services. Currently, the United States Coast Guard has over 40,000 men and women that are on active duty and over 2,000 different vessels, including cutters, tugs, and aircraft.
National Coast Guard Day started as an internal celebration to commemorate the brave men and women who keep our borders safe. The reason that we celebrate it on August 4th is that was the date that it was founded by Congress.
How To Celebrate National Coast Guard Day
The best way to celebrate National Coast Guard Day is to attend one of the many thousand Coast Guard events that are thrown across the country. Visit to join in the celebrations and commemorate the thousands of loyal men and women on duty. If you have any friends or family members, take them out to dinner or spend the day with them to show them you care!
If you use social media, make sure to tag #NationalCoastGuardDay to help spread awareness.
“I think in the wake of Katrina, the Coast Guard may well have been the only entity or agency that came out of that exercise free of fault and free of blame.”
- Howard Coble
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National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
We can all thank the wonderful and innovative Ruth Graves Wakefield for inventing one of the world’s most famous cookies: Chocolate Chip Cookie. In 1937, her curiosity led her to mix chocolate chips into a sugar cookie dough batter, which eventually resulted in one of the most delicious treats the world had ever seen. National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is the perfect time to indulge in your sweet tooth. Go out and buy some chocolate chip cookies from your local bakery or spend some time with your family at home baking some.