Join us on August 19th as we celebrate the Museum’s 40th anniversary and the 204th anniversary of Constitution’s most famous battle against HMS Guerrière.Become a part of the story through interactive exhibits and family-friendly craft activities. The celebrations extend out into the Charlestown Navy Yard as USS Constitution’s crew does 1812-era long gun and boarding pike drills. Download the Victory for “Old Ironsides” handout or view all that the day has to offer below.
Schedule of Activities: Under Pressure
10:00-12:00 Are you ready to have a blast? Step into the roles of the courageous crew who manned USS Constitution’s cannons in this family-friendly program. Ready. Set. Fire!
Make Your Mark on “Old Ironsides” 10:00-5:00 Become a part of history and sign your name to a sheet of copper sheathing that will be installed on USS Constitution during her current restoration.
1812 Cannon Drills led by Constitution’s Crew 10:00-6:00 In commemoration of the 204th anniversary of USS Constitution’s victorious battle against HMS Guerriere in the War of 1812, crew members will demonstrate how cannons were used during the battle at the top of each hour.
Hip, hip, huzza for the Museum! 1:00-1:45 Join us as we celebrate the Museum’s 40th anniversary with cupcakes, birthday songs, and games.
Battle Commemorations led by Constitution’s Crew
1:45-2:05 Join the Officers of USS Constitution for a brief presentation on the lead up and significance of the Ship’s August 19th battle against HMS Guerriere. At 2:00, crew members will fire one round from Constitution’s replica 24-pound long gun and a moment of silence will be held for those whose lives were lost in the battle.
Make an Officer’s Hat 2:00-4:30 Are you dressed to impress? Constitution’s officers wore fancy hats called “chapeau-bras.” Make your own paper version of this impressive hat and show your friends who is in charge!
Marked for Life
2:00-5:30 Learn the history of sailors’ tattoos and mark yourself with a temporary tattoo. Tattoos cost between $1 and $2. Proceeds help support the Museum’s educational programs.
Restoring USS Constitution in the 21st Century led by Constitution’s Historian
2:30-3:00 Join Margherita Desy, Historian with USS Constitution, for a discussion on the current 3-year dry docking and restoration of “Old Ironsides.” Get a peek at the work underway to preserve the U.S. Navy’s oldest commissioned warship and learn about the Charlestown Navy Yard’s 1833 Dry Dock, an “engineering marvel” of its day.
Admission to all Museum activities are FREE thanks to the generous support of Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Friday program. Admission to Navy Yard activities are always FREE! These activities are a part of Summer on the Waterfront’s Charlestown Week.