Military ships from a variety of different countries will be steaming to Boston for the week of July Fourth to salute the US Navy and commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Four majestic tall ships will glide in to the harbor to join them.
Waterfront festivities will include a 45-minute aerial demonstration at noon on July Fourth by the Navy’s Blue Angels, which will coincide with the annual Fourth of July turnaround of the USS Constitution.
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, and other officials announced today where and when people can take tours of the ships.
“Boston takes great pride in both its maritime history and being the home of USS Constitution,’’ Menino said in a statement. “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 … as well as a fitting way to commemorate the War of 1812.’’
— The Charlestown Navy Yard, where the USS Constitution is docked, will host the Coast Guard’s Eagle and Juniper, NOAA’s Thomas Jefferson research vessel, the Royal Norwegian Navy’s Thor Heyerdahl as well as Denmark’s HDMS Esbern Snare. Also at Pier 1 in Charlestown, Canada’s HMCS Kingston and HMCS Goose Bay will be berthed. The ships will be open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from June 30 through July 5.
— South Boston’s North Jetty will host the warship USS Wasp. The ship will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on June 30; noon to 6 p.m. on July 1 through July 3.; closed on July 4; and then open noon to 6 p.m. on July 5.
— Black Falcon Pier will host the Canadian ships HMCS Iroquois and HMCS Preserver, along with the United Kingdom’s RFA Argus, the FGS Hessen from Germany, and USS Gravely. The ships will be open noon to 6 p.m. from June 30 through July 5.
— South Boston’s Fish Pier will host the OpSail fleet of tall ships, which will include Cisne Branco from Brazil, Guayas from Ecuador, Gloria from Colombia, and, in its final port visit to Boston, the Dewaruci from Indonesia. The ships will be open from noon t0 8 p.m. on June 30 and July 1; 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 2 and July 3; noon to 8 p.m. on July 4; and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 5.
— The US Coast Guard base in the North End will also be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 4.
For information on Boston events celebrating the bicentennial of the War of 1812, visit www.navyweek.org. For information on Fourth of July activities in Boston, visit www.bostonharborfest.com. For information on OpSail events in Boston and other cities, visit www.opsailboston.com.