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Special Programming & Signature Events

2018 Programming & Events

January 2018

Monday, January 1st; 11:30 AM - Delayed Opening

All sites will open at 11:30 AM

February 2018

Saturdays & Sundays, February 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, & 24-25; 1:00 PM:

To Catch A Thief: Constellation Fights the Slave Trade Tour

Constellation's proudest service may have occurred during the three years immediately before the Civil War when, as flagship of the navy's African Squadron, she led this nation's fight against the trans-Atlantic trafficking of slaves.  Tour and hands-on activities combine to bring into view Constellation's active career combating the slave trade and her exciting pursuit and capture of the slave ship Cora from which she rescued 705 captive Africans.   This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

March 2018

No events scheduled at this time.  Please check back for updates.

April 2018

Sunday, April 1st; 11:30 AM - Delayed Opening

Due to the Easter holiday, Historic Ships in Baltimore will open at 11:30 AM

Wednesday, April 18th, 8:30 PM & 9:30 PM :  “Seafarer’s Tales of Tradition, Toil, and a Touch of the Macabre”

Come aboard USS Constellation for an after-hours, lantern light tour of all four main decks including the ship’s hold and the Brig!   Highlights of the Ship’s Service history will be shared along with stories of hardship, occasional tragedy, and strange occurrences from the 1862-1865 Diary of ship’s Yeoman Moses Safford.  Tickets for this after-hours tour may be purchased here.

Thursday, April 19th, 8:30 PM & 9:30 PM :  “Seafarer’s Tales of Tradition, Toil, and a Touch of the Macabre”

Come aboard USS Constellation for an after-hours, lantern light tour of all four main decks including the ship’s hold and the Brig!   Highlights of the Ship’s Service history will be shared along with stories of hardship, occasional tragedy, and strange occurrences from the 1862-1865 Diary of ship’s Yeoman Moses Safford.  Tickets for this after-hours tour may be purchased here.

Saturday, April 28th; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Ship's Company

USS Constellation’s own Ship’s Company of volunteer sailors and marines come aboard to provide a unique and fascinating view of service at sea. Presentations and hands-on activities throughout the day punctuate the daily routine and focus on day-to-day shipboard life in Mr. Lincoln’s Navy.

May 2018

Saturday, May 5th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Thursday, May 10th; 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Captain's Jubilee

Historic Ships in Baltimore present a special seated four-course wine-pairing dinner on board USS Constellation.  This fundraising event supports the preserving and restoring our maritime heritage. Reservations required, additional fee.

Saturday, May 19th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, May 26th; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Ship's Company

USS Constellation’s own Ship’s Company of volunteer sailors and marines come aboard to provide a unique and fascinating view of service at sea. Presentations and hands-on activities throughout the day punctuate the daily routine and focus on day-to-day shipboard life in Mr. Lincoln’s Navy.

 June 2018

Saturday, June 2nd, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, June 16th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, June 23rd, 7:00PM: “Civil War Medicine” on USS Constellation
Part of the Evening Mariner Series

Delve below decks to the sick bay aboard the USS Constellation and serve as “assistant surgeon” in a simulated surgery as you learn about naval medicine during the Civil War.  Ship’s surgeon Brad Stone will describe various medical theories and practices used during the War, how they affected sailors and how they relate to today’s medicine.
Reservations required, additional fee.

Saturday, June 30th; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Ship's Company

USS Constellation’s own Ship’s Company of volunteer sailors and marines come aboard to provide a unique and fascinating view of service at sea. Presentations and hands-on activities throughout the day punctuate the daily routine and focus on day-to-day shipboard life in Mr. Lincoln’s Navy.

Saturday, June 30th, 7:00 PM: “Lightships in the US: a brief history and a review of their service in the Chesapeake Bay from 1820 to 1965” on Lightship Chesapeake

Part of the Evening Mariner Series
Did you know that for almost a century-and-a-half lightships, not lighthouses, were the primary aid to Chesapeake Bay navigation? Join Capt. Greg Krawczyk, USN (ret) aboard the Lightship 116 Chesapeake and learn more about the MANY lightships that served on the 17 Lightship Stations throughout the Bay - where they served and how long each station was needed.
 Reservations required, additional fee.

July 2018

Wednesday, July 4th, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM: Independence Day Deck Party Picnic
Celebrate our nation's birthday on board USS Constellation, high above the Inner Harbor crowds.  Classic Catering People will be serving backyard favorites along with local beer, wines and assorted sodas.  There will be music, special tours, cannon firings, giveaways and the best view of the fireworks. Reservations required, additional fee.

Saturday, July 7th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, July 14th; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Ship's Company 1812 Day

Join Ship's Company's 1812 Unit aboard USS Constellation as they depict and describe the role of Sailors during the War in the Chesapeake during 1812-1814, as well as the history of Constellation’s predecessor the US Frigate Constellation (1797-1853). This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required. 

Saturday, July 14th, 7:00 PM: “Armored Belt” on USCGC Taney

Part of the Evening Mariner Series
This is a look at the evolution of battleship armor, especially during the Second World War, with a comparison of various battleships. Why were the battleships at Pearl Harbor so vulnerable, what did Yamato gain from being a quarter heavier than other nations battleships, was Hood really less armored than Bismarck?
 Reservations required, additional fee.

Saturday, July 21st; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Ship's Company

USS Constellation’s own Ship’s Company of volunteer sailors and marines come aboard to provide a unique and fascinating view of service at sea. Presentations and hands-on activities throughout the day punctuate the daily routine and focus on day-to-day shipboard life in Mr. Lincoln’s Navy.

Saturday, July 21st, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, July 21st, 7:00 PM: “Pearl Harbor to Midway: The Sleeping Giant Awakens” on USCGC Taney

Part of the Evening Mariner Series

Reservations required, additional fee.

Saturday, July 28th, 7:00 PM: “Lighthouses of the Chesapeake” at Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

Part of the Evening Mariner Series

The Chesapeake is the only place in the United States where all five types of lighthouses exist. Learn what worked and what did not. Hear about the Bay’s surviving lighthouses, lighthouses that have “crossed the bar”, and those that have been preserved. Hear stories about the perils of being a keeper on the Bay, and their heroic efforts to help mariners in distress. 

Reservations required, additional fee.

August 2018

Saturday, August 4th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, August 18th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, August 18th, 7:00 PM: “19th Century Baltimore: A City of Immigrants” at the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse

Part of the Evening Mariner Series

Prior to the Civil War, nearly 170,000 immigrants arrived in Baltimore, mainly from Germany and Ireland. From 1865-1900, however, the city received over 600,000 immigrants, mostly from central and eastern Europe including Germany, Russia Lithuania, Austria-Hungary, and Bohemia.  Arriving at piers 8 & 9 at Locust Point, they waited in line to pass cursory physical exams and the critical eyes of immigration officials.  Many of these newcomers stayed in town just long enough to board a B&O train bound for points west.  Others, though, settled in Baltimore to raise families, and to work for the railroads, the port, or in the garment and canning industries.  Many of their descendants are today's Baltimoreans.
Reservations required, additional fee.

September 2018

Saturday, September 1st, 7:00 PM: “ Jewish-Americans in the Civil War” on USS Constellation

Part of the Evening Mariner Series

Brad Stone will present on the important role that Jewish-Americans played in the Civil War. The talk will focus on such local history as the famous Pratt Street riots in 1861, which involved clashes between prominent Baltimore Jews on both sides of the abolition and secession issues. The talk also outlines the national critical role that Jews played during the Civil War, and how the War affected the future of Jewish-Americans.

Reservations required, additional fee.

Saturday, September 1st, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, September 15th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, September 29th; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Ship's Company

USS Constellation’s own Ship’s Company of volunteer sailors and marines come aboard to provide a unique and fascinating view of service at sea. Presentations and hands-on activities throughout the day punctuate the daily routine and focus on day-to-day shipboard life in Mr. Lincoln’s Navy.

October 2018

Wednesday, October 3rd: Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore; Welcoming Ceremony

U.S. and International naval vessels arrive throughout the day and will dock in the Inner Harbor, Fells Point and Locust Point. In late afternoon, there will be a “Welcome Ceremony” for visiting navies with a band performance, elected officials and sponsors. The event is free and open to the public (Amphitheater, Inner Harbor). 

Thursday, October 4th - Monday October 8th: Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore; Ship Tours

U.S. & International Navy Ships Open for public touring. (Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Locust Point)

Friday, October 5th - Sunday October 7th: Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore; Fleet Week Festival

See the fleet, see special exhibits and enjoy entertainment, food and beverage, and much more!  (Inner Harbor)

Saturday & Sunday , October 6th & 7th: Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore; Air Show Baltimore

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds jets will take to the skies and fly only a few feet from wingtip to wingtip! The crowd in Baltimore will get a glimpse of the amazing skills and capabilities that all fighter pilots must possess. The solo pilots integrate their own loud and proud routine, exhibiting some of the maximum capabilities of the F-16 Fighting Falcon – the Air Force’s premier multi-role fighter jet displaying the pride, precision and professionalism of American Airmen. The team combines years of training and experience with an attitude of excellence to showcase what the Air Force is all about. Other air show performers to be announced. 


Saturday, October 6th, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Saturday, October 13th: USS Constellation Cup Regatta & Deck Party!

 Join us for a fun filled day both on and off the water. The day kicks off with the Annual USS Constellation Cup Sailboat Regatta in Baltimore Harbor and culminates in the Historic Ships' Deck Party fundraiser on USS Constellation from 6 PM – 9 PM. Additional fee.

Saturday, October 27th; 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Ship's Company

USS Constellation’s own Ship’s Company of volunteer sailors and marines come aboard to provide a unique and fascinating view of service at sea. Presentations and hands-on activities throughout the day punctuate the daily routine and focus on day-to-day shipboard life in Mr. Lincoln’s Navy.

November 2018

Saturday, November 3rd, 2:00 PM: "Constellation History Tour"

Take a walking tour through 100 years of naval service! Historian and friend of the ship, John Barnard, leads an hour-long tour that focuses on many of the social changes that took place aboard USS Constellation during her century of service. Come aboard and take a close look at the real Old Navy, and see the difference time makes. This presentation is open to all visitors and is included with regular admission. No reservations are required.

Thursday, November 22nd: CLOSED

Historic Ships in Baltimore will be closed on Thursday, November 23th in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. Historic Ships will re-open at 10:00AM on Friday, November 23th.  We wish you and yours a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

December 2018

Friday, December 7th, 12:00 Noon: Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Ceremony

Join the board and staff of Historic Ships in Baltimore in marking the anniversary of the December 1941 Japanese Attack on Hawaii and honoring those who served during WWII. The Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremony, will be held on board the US Coast Guard Cutter Taney, and is open to the public at no cost. 

 

Monday & Tuesday, December 24th & 25th: CLOSED

Historic Ships in Baltimore will be closed on Sunday, December 24th and Monday, December 25th in celebration of the Christmas holiday. Historic Ships will re-open at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, December 26th.  We wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday.

Monday, December 31st; 10:00 PM - Tuesday, January 1st: 1:00 AM: Annual New Year’s Eve Deck Party
Ring in the New Year, sip champagne, & watch the Fireworks from the deck of USS Constellation, high above the Inner Harbor crowds.  A twilight menu will be served with local ale, wine, mulled cider and coffee.  There will be music, special tours, cannon firings and more. Reservations required, additional fee.