On the Harbor: Independence Day Underway
USS Constitution is scheduled to get underway from the Charlestown Navy Yard on Thursday, July 4th at 10:00 am to commemorate the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
The Ship will travel to Fort Independence on Castle Island where she will fire a 21-gun salute at approximately 12:00 pm with a return salute from the 101st Field Artillery Regiment of the Massachusetts National Guard. USS Constitution will fire an additional 17-gun salute as she passes U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston, the former site of Edmund Hartt’s Shipyard where USS Constitution was built and launched on October 21, 1797.
“As America’s Ship of State, it is our mission to share the Ship and her history with the American people,” said Cmdr. Nathaniel R. Shick, 75th commanding officer of USS Constitution. The public is encouraged to view USS Constitution‘s turnaround along Boston Harbor Walk, Castle Island, or the Charlestown Navy Yard. For those interested in viewing USS Constitution from the water, consider joining the USS Constitution Museum and Boston Harbor Cruises for our July 4th Underway Cruise Spectacular.
USS Constitution will reopen for public tours from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and will resume normal hours of operation on Friday, July 5th at 10:00 am.