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2024 Schedule

USS Constitution Underway

View “Old Ironsides” Underway in Boston Harbor!

USS Constitution goes underway in Boston Harbor at various times each year.  The Ship cruises into the Harbor, stopping for a memorable 21-gun salute at Fort Independence, Castle Island.


June 14 – Honoring Women Veterans

July 4 – Independence Day and Public Lottery*

August 9 – Honoring Purple Heart Recipients

September 13 – Chief Petty Officer Heritage Week #1

September 20 – Chief Petty Officer Heritage Week #2

October 21 – Commemorating USS Constitution’s Birthday and Future Service Members


Please note that USS Constitution is an active-duty U.S. Navy vessel: the USS Constitution Museum shares details about the underway at the Ship’s discretion as a matter of public interest.

*The Commander of USS Constitution opened a Public Lottery, providing opportunities to join the crew on board the Ship.  The lottery was held in early Spring 2024 and is currently closed. All other events are by invitation-only and have been determined for 2024. The public is encouraged to view the Ship from various vantage points throughout Boston’s harbor.

All underway dates are subject to change or cancellation, at any time and at the discretion of the U.S. Navy.

Want to view the Ship from the shore?  Here are the best places to view see it:

The public can see “Old Ironsides” depart and return from the pier at Charlestown Navy Yard.  Traditionally, the Ship departs at 10:00 am and returns between 1 pm – 2 pm.

South Boston’s Castle Island is the location of a 21-gun salute around 11-11:30 am. The public is welcome at this South Boston location where crowds traditionally gather.

Additionally, the Ship can be seen from points along the Boston Harborwalk.

Learn More:

This post from the Museum blog shares the background, history, and dispels a common myth!


Photo credits:  Greg M. Cooper Photography, Courtesy USS Constitution Museum (top image); Courtesy U.S. Navy (Image of spectators watching USS Constitution)