Navy Week 2012!

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It’s Navy Week in Boston! And the Bicentennial of the War of 1812! And the Tall Ships are here, too!

The three events overlap this week in areas including the Charlestown Navy Yard, the South Boston Waterfront, and the North End. Everything will run through and after the July 4 holiday as well, making it one fun and busy weekend in the city.

You can tour the tall ships for free (a comprehensive  list of  viewing hours can be found here), but different skits and drills will run to recreate the ships’ glory days. The “Duel of the Privateers” plays July 1-3 at 2pm, a mock sea battle between the Lynx and the Pride of Baltimore II. The USS Constitution will run gun drills June 28- July 2 at noon. The Navy parachute team “Leap Frogs” will perform a jump at Boston Common on July 3 at 2pm. And that’s barely scratching the surface. There’s just so much do do around town with the ships in harbor and the weather looks like it will hold up very well.

The Globe has a really great listing of where to go, so check out the full schedule for the Tall Ships and Navy Week events. This is a wonderful opportunity for kids and families and the public to learn about Boston’s role in the War of 1812, catch the majestic sight of the Tall and Naval Ships, and meet Sailors, Marines and Coastguardsmen. Charge your camera batteries and be sure to wear sunblock!

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