The inaugural Captain Burnham Day will be held July 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Bridgewater.

Festivities will include a presentation about Burnham's life at Burnham Library on Main Street at 3 p.m., followed by games and other activities on the nearby green.

Burnham was Bridgewater's principal benefactor, whose philanthropy provided for the library and Burnham School.

Born in 1847, the youngest of 11 children, Burnham was raised in Bridgewater until his early teens when, at 14, he went became a cabin boy at sea.

At sea, he became a first mate, captain and in 1899, managing director of the American-Hawaiian Steamship Co., which became the largest shipping freight line in the United States.

Burnham Day is co-sponsored by the Bridgewater Historical Society and the Bridgewater Library Association.

"We hope people will join with us in this annual celebration of this aspect of our town's unique heritage," said Evelyne Purdy, chairwoman of the event.