National Maritime Day
Yeah for steam power! National Maritime day happens on the 22nd of May every year. It is a national holiday for the US. National Maritime is a day that recognizes the maritime industry.
This holiday was created by the United States Congress on May 20, 1933. May 22 is the day that the American Steamship named Savannah had set sail across the Atlantic Ocean to England. She left in May and came back June 1819. . It was the very first transoceanic voyage that was done with steam power.
On this day the president is requested to issue a statement or proclamation calling on everyone in the US to observe National Maritime Day by displaying the flag of the United States at their homes and at all government buildings.
For some fun activities for kids check out the link below and head on over to the library for some great books on Boats.