National Lighthouse Day is recognized on August 7th. Join The Old Baldy Foundation for National Lighthouse Weekend, August 4th-6th, as they continue the celebration of the rich heritage of Lighthouses and their significant history.
See the list below for information about the weekend festivities!
On August 7th, 1789 Congress approved an Act for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys and public piers. On August 7th, 1989, the 200th Anniversary of this act was celebrated with Congress passing a resolution to recognize August 7th, 1989 as National Lighthouse Day.
National Lighthouse Day is now celebrated annually by Lighthouse Organizations throughout the country on August 7th, although Congress has not permanently designated this as an annual event.
A weekend full of celebrations is planned on Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th! There is something for the kids, foodies, historian and even the athlete of your family. More details about the weekend festivities will be released soon!
Saturday, August 4th – “A Night Aboard Queen Anne’s Revenge”
6 pm- Bald Head Island Club
Spend the evening enjoying a culinary adventure lead by Blackbeard himself. You will be treated to a delectable meal while listening to the intrepid tales Blackbeard faced while aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Spirits and Brews will be provided by Mother Earth Brewery and Distillery.
Take home a signed copy of “The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate” by esteemed coastal Historian Kevin Duffus as a thank you for supporting The Old Baldy Foundation.
Saturday, August 4th- The Annual Old Baldy Duck Race
3 pm- Finish Line and the dock behind the Harbor Pavillion
Adopt a duck for $10 for the chance to win $500! Up your odds by adopting 11 ducks for $100.The race will take place on Saturday, August 4th at 3 pm ending at the dock behind the harbor pavilion. You do not need to be present to have the winning duck. We will contact you if your duck comes in first place!
All proceeds from the duck race go towards the mission of The Old Baldy Foundation!
Spend the afternoon and evening celebrating Old Baldy and National Lighthouse Day! National Lighthouse Day begins at 4 pm with a family-friendly festival including games, crafts, music, bbq, beer and more!
The Run for the Light course is a scenic run near coastal dunes and through the maritime forest. Enjoy the sweeping views while running at dusk toward the light of The Old Baldy Lighthouse.
Make your participation in this race an entire day trip your whole family can enjoy by taking part in an afternoon festival celebrating National Lighthouse Day. It will be one to mark off your bucket list!
The race kicks off at 7 pm with registration at 6 pm!