U.S. Navy War of 1812 Bicentennial
August 14th, 2012
August 14 – 15: Ships arrive
August 15: Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
with a patriotic soundtrack in honor of the U.S. Navy
General Public Viewing Schedule*:
Thursday, August 16: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
As part of the Navy’s Commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 Chicago welcomes ships of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Docked at Navy Pier will be the coastal patrol ship USS Hurricane (PC-3), Canadian coastal defense vessels HMCS Moncton (MM-708) and Summerside (MM-711), U.S. Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay. The frigate USS De Wert (FFG-45) will be anchored in the harbor and can be viewed from Navy Pier or aboard the M/V Wendella LTD.. The ships at Navy Pier will be open for public visitation as follows:
USS De Wert
USCGC Biscayne Bay
Known as America’s second war for independence, it was during the War of 1812 that America’s modern Navy and its role as a global maritime force became defined.