"Old Ironsides" Afloat Again!


07/23/2017 - 4:00pm to 07/24/2017 - 12:00am

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.


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, 6, and 8 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
Whole Foods Market


USS Constitution Museum
Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard
02129 Charlestown , MA