Coast Guard Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Roles & Wishes on Coast Guard Day

Coast Guard Day 2020 - On 4 August 2020, Coast Guard Day is observed to mark the founding day of the United States Coast Guard and honour the courageous men & women who serve in the US Coast Guard. Read more information about the History of Coast Guard Day, Roles & functions of the US Coast Guard, and how to celebrate the Coast Guard Day 2020 from this article.

Sheena | Updated Jun 26, 2020 08:12 AM

Coast Guard Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Roles & Wishes on Coast Guard Day

Coast Guard Day 2020

Coast Guard Day is also known as USCG Day or C.G. Day. Coast Guard Day 2020 is observed on 4th August every year. The Coast Guard Day is celebrated to honor the establishment of the Revenue Cutter Service in 1970, which is the forebear of the present Coast Guard. The day is celebrated to honour the courageous work of the service members of the Coast Guard.

What is the History of the Coast Guard Day? 

The United States Coast Guard is much older as it was established on 4th August 1790. It was set up by Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. Earlier it was known as the Revenue Marine. Hamilton authorized the construction of 10 vessels that are known as Revenue Service cutters, which were intended to enforce the earliest United States tariff laws. Later, President Woodrow Wilson signed an act of Congress into law that combined the Revenue Marine with another agency known as the United States Life-Saving Service. The intention was to have a single entity responsible for maritime law enforcement and life-saving.

After this merger, it was christened as the United States Coast Guard in the year 1915. This was done was before the advent of computers, Global Positioning System (GPS) systems, or other electronic navigation aids. One of the many duties of U.S. Coast Guard was the maintenance of America’s navigation aids such as the operation of lighthouses along the coasts.

In 1939, President Franklin Roosevelt and Congress transferred the operations of the United States Lighthouse Service to Coast Guard authority. Later, the Department of Commerce Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation was transferred to the auspices of the Coast Guard. This gave the US Coast Guard the authority of merchant marine operations. The US Coast Guard was then transferred to the newly formed Department of Transportation effective 1st April 1967. After the terrorist attacks of 11th September 2001, the U.S. Coast Guard was transferred to the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2003.

What is the role of the U.S. Coast Guard?

The United States Coast Guard is one of the 5 US Armed Forces. It is a unique branch of the military. It serves under the motto "Semper Paratus", in Latin meaning "Always Ready". Over 42,000 men and women are actively serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. It is responsible for an array of maritime duties including:

  • ensuring safe & lawful commerce to perform rescue missions in severe conditions

  • defending America's borders and protect the maritime environment

The mission of the U.S. Coast Gaurd include:

  • Port & Waterway Security

  • Drug Interdiction

  • Aids to Navigation

  • Search & Rescue

  • Living Marine Resources

  • Marine Safety

  • Defense Readiness

  • Migrant Interdiction

  • Marine Environmental Protection

  • Ice Operations

  • Law Enforcement

What are the US Coast Guard cities?

The officially designated Coast Guard Cities are:

  • Alameda, California

  • Astoria, Oregon

  • Grand Haven, Michigan

  • Eureka, California

  • Mobile, Alabama

  • Wilmington, North Carolina

  • Newport, Oregon

  • Cape May, New Jersey

  • Hull, Massachusetts

  • Ketchikan, Alaska

  • Elizabeth City, North Carolina

  • New London, Connecticut

  • Kodiak, Alaska

  • Rockland, Maine

  • Portsmouth, Virginia

  • Traverse City, Michigan

  • Sitka, Alaska

  • Clearwater, Florida

  • Newburyport, Massachusetts

  • Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin

  • Camden County, Georgia

  • Carteret County, North Carolina

  • San Diego, California

  • Florence, Oregon

  • New York, New York

How is the Coast Guard Day celebrated?

The Coast Guard Day is primarily an internal activity for active duty and reserve Coast Guardsmen, civilian employees, retirees, auxiliaries, and dependents. Also, the Coast Guard Day holds a significant share of interest outside the service. U.S. Coast Guard units.

  • On the Coast Guard Day, the United States generally plan picnics and informal sports competitions together with family and friends

  • Coast Guard Day is celebrated every year in America

  • The U.S. Coast Guardsmen participate in Armed Forces Day activities which are conducted on the day.

  • Grand Haven, Michigan, also known by the act of Congress as Coast Guard City, USA, sponsors the Coast Guard Festival on 4th August annually.

Coast Guard Day - Wishes & Quotes

Let us celebrate Coast Guard Day by thanking our coast guards because of whom we are able to enjoy each and every day of our lives.

They live a tough and challenging life so that they can keep us safe and protected….. Salute to our coast guard…. Happy Coast Guard Day.

When coast guards are there, we know that there is simply nothing to fear as we are in safe hands…. Thanks to them and warm wishes on Coast Guard Day.

On the special day of Coast Guard Day, let us thank our dearest coast guards for guarding our coasts and keeping the danger away.

Home is the place where the coast guards send us…. Warm wishes on Coast Guard Day to all.

Salute to coast guards because they are always ready to take the orders to go out there without knowing whether they will have an option to come back or not… Happy Coast Guard Day.

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Coast Guard Day - FAQ

1. When was the US Coast Guard founded?

The United States Coast Guard was founded as the Revenue Marine on August 4, 1790, by then-Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton.

2. What is the motto of the US Coast Guard founded?

Semper Paratus is the United States Coast Guard’s motto. The Latin word "Semper Paratus" means "Always Ready."

3. What is the mission of the US Coast Guard?

The mission of the United States Coast Guard  (USCG) is to ensure America's maritime safety, security, and stewardship.

4. What branch of the US military is US Coast Guard?

The US Coast Guard was established officially on January 28, 1915. It will remain as military service and a branch of the armed forces of the United States at all times. The Coast Guard will be a part of the Department of Homeland Security, except when operating as a service in the Navy.