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Huzza for “Old Ironsides”

August 19, 2021 - August 20, 2021

Huzza! Her sides are made of iron!


Join the USS Constitution Museum and USS Constitution in commemorating the 209th anniversary of the Ship’s most famous victory on Thursday, August 19 and Friday, August 20. Become a part of the story at the USS Constitution Museum by painting your own naval battle scene and exploring our award-winning exhibits about the War of 1812 and crew of “Old Ironsides.” Then, on Friday, August 20, watch as USS Constitution goes underway in Boston Harbor to commemorate this historic moment and honor Vietnam War veterans.

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Museum Activities

Paint the Battle
August 19 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Add your own flare to one of the USS Constitution Museum’s most treasured set of paintings – George Ropes’ Constitution vs. Guerriere battle scene.

Can’t visit the Museum? You can enjoy this activity at home!

“Old Ironsides” War of 1812 Discovery Center
August 19 & 20 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

What is the War of 1812 anyway? Who was fighting? Where did it happened? Why does it matter? Discover the answers to these common questions through a series of interactive, family-friendly games.

All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812
August 19 & 20 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Don’t just learn about history – experience it! Scrub the decks, furl a sail, and crawl into a hammock while meeting your fellow crew – both young and old – who lived aboard “Old Ironsides” during the War of 1812.

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Underway Schedule

USS Constitution Underway
August 20 | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

USS Constitution is scheduled to get underway starting at 10:00 AM. The best views will be from the Charlestown Navy Yard, Fort Independence at Castle Island, and the Boston Harborwalk.

21-Gun Salute
August 20 | 11:30 AM

USS Constitution will conduct a 21-gun salute at approximately 11:30 AM towards Fort Independence on Castle Island.

USS Constitution Reopens
August 20 | 3:00 PM  – 6:00 PM

Explore the oldest ship in the United States Navy. Visitors to “Old Ironsides” are able to ask questions and speak with active duty U.S. Navy Sailors, who are stationed at the Ship to help bring Constitution’s past to life! Photo I.D. required for visitors over 18.

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Battle History


Date: August 19, 2021 - August 20, 2021

Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm


USS Constitution Museum & USS Constitution

Phone: 617-426-1812