Mayor Menino and Lieutenant Governor Murray announce events for the Bicentennial of the War of 1812
Highlights include ship visitations and a Blue Angels aerial demonstration during USS Constitution‘s fourth of July turnaround
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For Immediate Release
June 05, 2012
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Today, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined with representatives from the Navy, Coast Guard, National Park Service, Boston Harborfest and OpSail to announce events and activities planned for the Navy’s celebration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812. 

“Boston takes great pride in both its maritime history and being the home of USS Constitution,” said Mayor Menino. “Our city is home to one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the country and the visitation of these ships will be a terrific addition to Boston Harborfest, as well as a fitting way to commemorate the War of 1812.” 

“As we celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the War of 1812, Governor Patrick and I thank Mayor Menino for his partnership and we look forward to this series of events to commemorate Massachusetts’ history and share the great offerings available in the City of Boston,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray.”

In just a few weeks, the US Navy will again join forces with the Coast Guard, Coalition navies, OpSail and Harborfest to celebrate the rich legacy and continuing contributions of our sea services with Boston Navy Week," said RDML Gregory M. Nosal, Commander, Carrier Strike Group Two. "The fact that we're also celebrating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 in the birthplace of USS Constitution is an added bonus. On behalf of the Navy, I hope the residents of greater Boston come to meet their Sailors in person, and to see how each day we strive to be a Global Force for Good."

From June 28th through July 5th, Boston Harbor will host visiting ships from the United Kingdom, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Brazil, Ecuador, Columbia, Germany and Indonesia.  The primary locations for visiting ships will be the Charlestown Navy Yard and the South Boston Waterfront.  In addition to USS Constitution and United States Coast Guard’s Eagle and Juniper, Charlestown will also be the location for the NOAA ship Thomas Jefferson, the Royal Norwegian Navy’s THOR HEYERDAHL as well as Denmark’s HDMS ESBERN SNARE.  Canada’s HMCS KINGSTON and HMCS GOOSE BAY will also be berthed in Charlestown at Pier 1.  South Boston’s North Jetty will host the United States Navy’s flagship, USS Wasp.   Canadian ships, HMCS IROQOUIS and HMCS PRESERVER, The United Kingdom’s RFA ARGUS, the FGS HESSEN from Germany, and USS GRAVELY will all be berthed at Black Falcon Pier. 

On June 30th, the OpSail fleet of tall ships will arrive and be berthed at South Boston’s Fish Pier.  These ships will include CISNE BRANCO from Brazil, GUAYAS from Ecuador, GLORIA from Colombia and making its final port visit to Boston, the Indonesian tall ship DEWARUCI. 

Chris O’Brien Executive Director of Operation Sail Inc. said “For more than 50 years OpSail has been bringing the official military tall ships of the world to American port cities.  With OpSail 2012, it is fitting that we bring them to Boston, a harbor rich in maritime history centered around the USS CONSTITUTION, the last legacy of the age of sail.”

Visitation hours by location are as follows:

DATE

CHARLESTOWN

FISH PIER

NORTH JETTY

BLACK FALCON

USCG BASE

6/30/12

10am to 6pm

Noon- 8pm

Noon- to 4pm

Noon to 6pm

CLOSED

7/1/12

10am to 6pm

Noon- 8pm

Noon to 6pm

Noon to 6pm

CLOSED

7/2/12

10am to 6pm

4-8pm

Noon to 6pm

Noon to 6pm

CLOSED

7/3/12

10am to 6pm

4-8pm

Noon to 6pm

Noon to 6pm

CLOSED

7/4/12

10am to 6pm

Noon- 8pm

CLOSED

Noon to 6pm

10am to 4pm

7/5/12

10am to 6pm

4-8pm

Noon to 6pm

Noon to 6pm

CLOSED

 

“Boston Harborfest is a wonderful tradition for this city and region”, said Susan Park, President of Boston Harborfest.  “We are thrilled to be partnering with the Navy and OpSail to make this the best Harborfest yet.”

USS Constitution Museum President, Anne Grimes Rand added, “We invite everyone to visit us at this time to reflect upon the service and sacrifice of sailors 200 years ago in our interactive galleries, designed to engage guests of all ages. I can think of no better way to understand the challenges of life at sea than to balance on a footrope while furling a sail or scrubbing a deck. We encourage guests not just to read here, but to do.”

In addition to the visiting ships, the United States Navy’s Blue Angels will provide an aerial demonstration over Boston Harbor during the USS Constitution’s annual Fourth of July turnaround.  This aerial demonstration is scheduled to start at noon on Wednesday, July 4th.  It is scheduled to last for approximately 45 minutes.  Throughout the week, the United States Navy’s “Leap Frogs” team will provide demonstrations at city parks.

For more information regarding the Boston events celebrating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 please visit: www.navyweek.org.   For all the activities surround the Fourth of July in Boston, please visit the Harborfest home page at: www.bostonharborfest.com.  For more information on OpSail events in Boston and other cities, please visit: www.opsailboston.com

 

About the USS Constitution Museum: Located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston National Historic Park, the USS Constitution Museum ensures that the stories of USS Constitution and those who shaped her history are never forgotten, always remain relevant, and inspire as many people as possible. More can be found at ussconstitutionmuseum.org. To learn more about CONSTITUTION in 1812, visit the Museum’s interactive website, asailorslifeforme.org

 

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Mayor Menino, Lt. Gov Murray, Susan Parks and Chris O'Brien at the event

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