JUNE 16: All Day
USS Constitution Museum Old Ironsides 1812 Discovery Center Exhibit Opening & Flag Day Spectacular
Travel back in time and fight for free trade and sailors' rights on the high seas! Join the USS Constitution Museum and Keith Lockhart, Boston Pops conductor, for a ribbon cutting to open the NEW exhibit, Old Ironsides 1812 Discovery Center, offering hands-on interactive exhibits and programs.
- 12 - 12:30 - Flag Day Spectacular -- Three 90 x 45 foot flags representing the US, UK and Canada, which serve as a symbol of the 200 years of peace between the nations, will stretch across the Navy Yard 270 feet long! All sorts of bands and color guards will be there.
- 12:30 -- Ribbon cutting of the Old Ironsides 1812 Discovery Center with Keith Lockhart.
- 1:30 - 2 -- The illustrator of the new book, The Flag We Love, will be at the USS Constitution Museum Shop signing copies of the book
- Also in the Navy Yard, near by, will be a Food Truck Festival.
JUNE 28 - JULY 5
Museum-Narrated Harbor Cruise in partnership with Boston Harbor Cruises
10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Follow USS Constitution's turnaround cruise while learning about the visiting international naval and tall ships in Boston Harbor. See Constitution fire a 21-gun salute and get an up-close view of the patriotic aerial display led by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Tickets available through Boston Harbor Cruises ( www.bostonharborcruises.com)
Constitution vs. Guerriere: What Really Happened? Commander Tyrone G. Martin, US Navy (Ret.) 12:00 Noon USS Constitution Museum - Lecture Series - Commander Martin, former Commanding Officer of USS Constitution, will share the story of Constitution's battle with HMS Guerriere, during which she earned her nickname, "Old Ironsides."
AUGUST 18 - 19
US Postal Service War of 1812 Stamp Unveiling & 1812 Marine Encampment
In collaboration with the United States Postal Service, the Navy Yard partners will unveil a War of 1812 Commemorative Forever® stamp in the Charlestown Navy Yard featuring USS Constitution on August 18th. Representatives from USPS, Boston National Historical Park, Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston, USS Constitution, and the USS Constitution Museum will be on hand at the official dedication beginning at 10 am. First day issue stamps, stamp caches, and special cancellations will be available for purchase after the ceremony. The original painting used for the design of the stamp will be on exhibit at the USS Constitution Museum. "Constitution," by Michele Felice Cornè, c.1803. is courtesy of Navy Art Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command and is the oldest known image of USS Constitution. The 1812 marines in period uniforms overtake the yard! Over 80 marines are setting up camp for the weekend to demonstrate just what life was like in 1812. Re-enactors in civilian clothing will also be on hand to meet the public.
ALL DATES AND TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE.