USS Constitution will be getting underway from Charlestown Navy Yard on Friday, June 8 at 10 a.m. in commemoration of the 76th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway.
The ship will travel to Fort Independence on Castle Island where she will be firing a 21-gun salute at approximately 11:30 a.m. An additional 17-gun salute will be fired as she passes the U.S. Coast Guard Station, the former site of Edmund Hartt Shipyard where Constitution was built and launched. Following the second salute Constitution crew and members from National Parks of Boston will pay tribute to the fallen of WWII with a wreath laying towards the World War II-era destroyer USS Cassin Young (DD 793). At the conclusion of the wreath laying, members of the 1812 Marine Guard Riflemen will fire a 3-gun volley followed by the playing of taps. Constitution will return to her berth at pier 1, Charlestown Navy Yard by 1:30 p.m.
The public is encouraged to view the events held on June 8th from around Boston Harbor, Castle Island or the Charlestown Navy Yard.
USS Constitution will reopen for public tours 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. While USS Constitution is closed, the World War II-era destroyer USS Cassin Young (DD 793) will be open for tours 10:00am – 4:30pm. The ranger-staffed NPS Visitor Center, featuring an introductory film on the history of the Navy Yard and “Serving the Naval Fleet” exhibition, is open daily 9:00am – 5:00pm.