On July 13, the US Postal Service will issue its “New England Coastal Lighthouses” series of Forever stamps. The 1801 New London Harbor Light is among the chosen five and the New London Maritime Society will mark the occasion with a 10 a.m. ceremony. It falls smack in the middle of the July 12-14 Sailfest (www
.sailfestnl.org), which will feature amusement rides, a tall ship, free entertainment, and a massive Saturday evening fireworks display. Even if you can’t make it to the party, summer is a perfect time for a family getaway to explore New London’s close connection to the sea.