Old Ironsides Afloat Again @ USS Constitution Museum, Charlestown [23 July]

Old Ironsides Afloat Again

16:00 - 23:59

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USS Constitution Museum
Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22, Charlestown, Massachusetts 02129
Join us and the National Parks of Boston as we celebrate USS Constitution’s much-anticipated return to the water after two years in dry dock. The Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to midnight and we invite you to join us for this historic event!

4:15 p.m. – Dry Dock 1 begins to flood
9:50 p.m. – Afloat again! USS Constitution lifts off her keel blocks
11:30 p.m. – USS Constitution crosses the dry docks sill and into Boston Harbor

We invite you to participate in FREE family-friendly activities throughout the Navy Yard and in the museum to celebrate this historic event.

In the Yard: 4 — 8PM
Participate in a scavenger hunt and hands-on activities that test your shipbuilding skills.
Learn from Maritime Craft Artisans about the work that goes into building and maintaining a ship like
Enjoy music and watch a demonstration from the 1812 Marines.
Grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks.

In the Museum: 4 — 8PM
Listen to gallery talks about different milestones in the 2015-2017 restoration.
Mark yourself with a temporary tattoo or make a souvenir button with a limited edition image of Constitution in dry dock.
Get a front row seat to all the action with Facebook Live video streams at 4 and 6 PM.

In the Yard: 8PM — midnight
Stick around to see “Old Ironsides” afloat again as she lifts from her keel blocks at approximately 10 PM!
At approximately 11:30 PM, Constitution will cross the sill of the dry dock and into the Boston Harbor.
Follow along with a live video stream and narration of major events throughout the night.

In the Museum: 8PM — midnight
See all the work that has been accomplished the past 26 months with a video recap and behind the scenes footage of the restoration process.
Watch a live video feed of the work from a camera overlooking the dry dock.
Participate in your maritime heritage by joining a rousing chorus of sea chanteys
Listen to gallery talks about rigging, the cutwater, souvenirs, planking and copper.

Special Thanks

City of Boston, Charlestown Mothers Association, Charlestown Community Impact Fund, Friends of the Charlestown Navy Yard, Massachusetts Bay Council-Navy League of the Unites States, Staff of the Naval History & Heritage Command Detachment Boston, SPARK Boston, Officers and Crew of the USS Constitution, and Whole Foods Market

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