Anchors Aweigh: USS Constitution Sails Around Boston Harbor For 4th Of July

USS Constitutution

Photo: Suzanne Sausville/WBZ NewsRadio

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The USS constitution sailed around Boston Harbor for its annual Fourth of July Cruise on Sunday with about 500 guests and crew on board.

The vessel is the oldest commissioned warship currently afloat and typically does the turn-around cruise each year to celebrate the nation's birthday.

The USS Constitution Museum also hosted several exhibits throughout the day to highlight American history -- including interactive activities for children.

The ship's Commanding Officer John Benda said the on-board ceremony is the perfect way to ring in the Fourth of July.

"In 2009 the ship was designated as America's Ship of State -- so we represent the Early Continental Navy and the U.S. Navy," he said. "And what a great way to celebrate our country's Independence by being on this ship together."

The cruise included a 21-gun salute by Castle Island and a 17-gun salute at the Coast Guard Station.

"Truthfully we play a little bit with it -- the 17-gun salute -- set it to a little AC/DC -- and just have a lot of fun with it," Benda said. He said the song of choice was "For Those About To Rock."

Crews on the ship will set sail again on August 20, 2021 with hundreds of Vietnam War veterans on board.

WBZ NewsRadio's Suzanne Sausville (@WBZSausville) reports.

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