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U.S. Coast Guard Day

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About Coast Guard Day

When is Coast Guard Day? This holiday is always celebrated on August 4

U.S. Coast Guard Day honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines. The U.S. Defense Department suggests that this day is largely an internal celebration for all Coast Guard personnel and their families, past and present. But, we’d like to encourage everyone to honor the brave members of this important branch of the military.

Everyone knows the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. But, many people do not know that the U.S. Coast Guard is an important branch of the U.S. military.

Celebrate this holiday by learning more about the responsibilities and functions of the U.S. Coast Guard. They are now playing an even more extensive role in Homeland Security to protect our country.

We salute Coast Guard personnel today and every day. We hope you do, too.

Here are some of their major roles:

  • Protects our waterways and shoreline from enemies.
  • Protect commercial shipping.
  • Performs issues operations for boaters.
  • Supports and assists Homeland Security.
  • Seeks out drug runners who try to bring drugs into the country by boat.
  • Stops illegal immigrants from reaching our shores.

How to Celebrate Coast Guard Day

Here are some ideas on how to celebrate and participate in U.S. Coast Guard Day:

  • Visit your local coast guard station. 
  • Learn more about the role and history of this branch of the United States military.
  • If you know or see a Coastguardsman, thank them for their service.

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History and Origin of Coast Guard Day

On August 4, 1790, the Revenue Cutter Service was created by the U.S. Congress. Congress authorized the construction of ten cutters. These ships were built to enforce U.S. tariff laws. The Revenue Cutter Service was the predecessor of the U.S. Coast Guard.  The name “Coast Guard” was first used in 1915.

As for the creation of this holiday to recognize and celebrate this important branch of the military, we do not know when it began.

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