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In the Yard: Sail Boston

June 17, 2017 - June 22, 2017

Boston and the Charlestown Navy Yard will be celebrating Sail Boston 2017 from June 17-22, 2017. Visitors can view the magnificent parade of sail on Saturday, June 17, tour the ships, listen to live music, and participate in fun family-friendly activities all week long! Come explore the many aspects of maritime culture, history, and tradition at the Charlestown Navy Yard during Sail Boston! Below is a list of events, exhibits, and activities in the Navy Yard in celebration of Sail Boston.

Click here for a printable version of the schedule of events.

Sail Boston encourages guests attending the event not to drive into the city. There will be limited parking, restricted travel and road closures throughout the week. Click here for a few different ways to travel to the different sites.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Exhibits at the USS Constitution Museum
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
The Nation’s Ship: Explore USS Constitution and her history in this dramatic 8 minute introductory film in the Museum’s theater.
Forest to Frigate: Follow the story from the forest in which Constitution’s timbers grew to her launch as a fully formed frigate.
“Old Ironsides” War of 1812 Discovery Center: Discover the forgotten war that made “Old Ironsides” the legend she is today.
All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812: Swing in a hammock, fire a cannon, and scrub the decks! Go back in time to life at sea in 1812 and ask yourself, “Is a sailor’s life for me?”

Opening Ceremony
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Charlestown Navy Yard opening ceremony on Pier 1 near USS Cassin Young. Visitors are welcome to attend this opening ceremony hosted by the National Park Service. Speakers will include Giles Parker for the National Parks of Boston, CDR Robert Gerosa for CONSTITUTION, David Wedemeyer from the Museum, and a representative from the Coast Guard.

Lighter, Stronger, Faster – Presented by the MIT Museum
Curators from the MIT Museum will be on hand to demonstrate traditional model carving and discuss an upcoming exhibition and digitization project for the world-famous Herreshoff Manufacturing Company design records.

Maritime Craft Artisans
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Learn from Maritime Craft Artisans about the work that goes into building and maintaining tall ships. Boat Builder, Sign Painter, Custom Scale & Spar, Maritime Knots, Ship Figure Head Painter.

Dockside Activities
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
A Damage Control Trainer from the United States Coast Guard will teach you what it takes to keep your boat afloat in an emergency.
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
United States Coast Guard Silent Drill Team –
Watch a silent precision exhibition drill that exemplifies the pride, poise and perfection of the US Coast Guard.

Life at Sea
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Discover what is for lunch in this delicious program about  the early sailors’ daily diet.

Live Music
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Festival stages on the grounds of the historic Commandant’s House and at Shipyard Park will feature music for every taste, with international acts from Senegal, Spain, Ecuador and Zimbabwe, roadhouse rock, Celtic and contemporary folk, sea chantey, Mardi Gras and Afro Caribbean music, and the all-teenage-girl rock & roll band Kalliope Jones.

Family Engagement Stations
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Located in front of USS Constitution. Participate in a scavenger hunt, learn Navy history, explore simple machines, or write a letter/card for sailors from one of the 13 countries visiting Boston. There will be lots of engaging activities going on for families and kids of all ages!

Marked for Life
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Learn the history of sailors’ tattoos and mark yourself with a temporary tattoo. Tattoos cost between $1 and $2.

Age of Agony
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Between illness, accidents, and combat wounds, the crew of an Age of Sail warship faced daily struggles to survive.  Find out how the ship’ surgeon played a crucial role in keeping these men alive and in fighting condition.

Swing Dance
6:15 PM – 9:00 PM
An all ages public swing dance in the Navy Yard with lessons beforehand and the music of Baby Soda playing – a six piece jazz band. Everyone is encouraged to come in 1940s attire and dance the evening away.

 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Exhibits at the USS Constitution Museum
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
The Nation’s Ship: Explore USS Constitution and her history in this dramatic 8 minute introductory film in the Museum’s theater.
Forest to Frigate: Follow the story from the forest in which Constitution’s timbers grew to her launch as a fully formed frigate.
“Old Ironsides” War of 1812 Discovery Center: Discover the forgotten war that made “Old Ironsides” the legend she is today.
All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812: Swing in a hammock, fire a canon, and scrub the decks! Go back in time to life at sea in 1812 and ask yourself, “Is a sailor’s life for me?”

Life at Sea
10:00 AM -12:00 PM
Discover what is for lunch in this delicious program about  the early sailors’ daily diet.

Maritime Craft Artisans
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Learn from Maritime Craft Artisans about the work that goes into building and maintaining tall ships. Boat Builder, Sign Painter, Custom Scale & Spar, Maritime Knots, Ship Figure Head Painter.

Dockside Activities
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
A Damage Control Trainer from the United States Coast Guard will teach you what it takes to keep your boat afloat in an emergency.
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
United States Coast Guard Silent Drill Team –
Watch a silent precision exhibition drill that exemplifies the pride, poise and perfection of the US Coast Guard.

Family Engagement Stations
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Located in front of USS Constitution. Participate in a scavenger hunt, learn Navy history, explore simple machines, or write a letter/card for sailors from one of the 13 countries visiting Boston. There will be lots of engaging activities going on for families and kids of all ages!

Live Music
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Festival stages on the grounds of the historic Commandant’s House and at Shipyard Park will feature music for every taste, with international acts from Senegal, Spain, Ecuador and Zimbabwe, roadhouse rock, Celtic and contemporary folk, sea chantey, Mardi Gras and Afro Caribbean music, and the all-teenage-girl rock & roll band Kalliope Jones.

Marked for Life
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Learn the history of sailors’ tattoos and mark yourself with a temporary tattoo. Tattoos cost between $1 and $2.

Boston Area Chantey & Maritime Sing with the Roaring Forties
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Listen, learn, and lift your voices! Participate in your Maritime Heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys.

 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Exhibits at the USS Constitution Museum
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
The Nation’s Ship: Explore USS Constitution and her history in this dramatic 8 minute introductory film in the Museum’s theater.
Forest to Frigate: Follow the story from the forest in which Constitution’s timbers grew to her launch as a fully formed frigate.
“Old Ironsides” War of 1812 Discovery Center: Discover the forgotten war that made “Old Ironsides” the legend she is today.
All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812: Swing in a hammock, fire a canon, and scrub the decks! Go back in time to life at sea in 1812 and ask yourself, “Is a sailor’s life for me?”

Marked for Life
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Learn the history of sailors’ tattoos and mark yourself with a temporary tattoo. Tattoos cost between $1 and $2.

 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Exhibits at the USS Constitution Museum 
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

The Nation’s Ship: Explore USS Constitution and her history in this dramatic 8 minute introductory film in the Museum’s theater.
Forest to Frigate: Follow the story from the forest in which Constitution’s timbers grew to her launch as a fully formed frigate.
“Old Ironsides” War of 1812 Discovery Center: Discover the forgotten war that made “Old Ironsides” the legend she is today.
All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812: Swing in a hammock, fire a canon, and scrub the decks! Go back in time to life at sea in 1812 and ask yourself, “Is a sailor’s life for me?”

Marked for Life
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Learn the history of sailors’ tattoos and mark yourself with a temporary tattoo. Tattoos cost between $1 and $2.

Sunset Salute
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Naval history and heritage will come alive with a Sunset Salute featuring a procession and patriotic program with bagpipes, fife and drum bands, and the United States Coast Guard Silent Drill Team.

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Exhibits at the USS Constitution Museum
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
The Nation’s Ship: Explore USS Constitution and her history in this dramatic 8 minute introductory film in the Museum’s theater.
Forest to Frigate: Follow the story from the forest in which Constitution’s timbers grew to her launch as a fully formed frigate.
“Old Ironsides” War of 1812 Discovery Center: Discover the forgotten war that made “Old Ironsides” the legend she is today.
All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812: Swing in a hammock, fire a canon, and scrub the decks! Go back in time to life at sea in 1812 and ask yourself, “Is a sailor’s life for me?”

Marked for Life
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Learn the history of sailors’ tattoos and mark yourself with a temporary tattoo. Tattoos cost between $1 and $2.

 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Exhibits at the USS Constitution Museum
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
The Nation’s Ship: Explore USS Constitution and her history in this dramatic 8 minute introductory film in the Museum’s theater.
Forest to Frigate: Follow the story from the forest in which Constitution’s timbers grew to her launch as a fully formed frigate.
“Old Ironsides” War of 1812 Discovery Center: Discover the forgotten war that made “Old Ironsides” the legend she is today.
All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812: Swing in a hammock, fire a canon, and scrub the decks! Go back in time to life at sea in 1812 and ask yourself, “Is a sailor’s life for me?”

Details

Date: June 17, 2017 - June 22, 2017

Time: 12:00am - 11:59pm

Organizer

Venue

Charlestown Navy Yard

Address:
Charlestown Navy Yard, Pier 1, Boston, MA 02129

Phone: 617-242-5601

Website: https://www.nps.gov/bost/learn/historyculture/cny.htm