The parade of tall ships through Boston Harbor on Saturday might be the highlight of Sail Boston, but there are many other events taking place over the next week. Here’s a full list of Sail Boston events, all open to the public for free.
Friday, June 16
Boston Harbor Hotel Rotunda
12 p.m.-12:45 p.m.
If Saturday feels too far away to start celebrating Boston’s maritime history, Sail Boston’s opening ceremony Friday might be for you. The Boston fireboat will be ceremonially spraying water as a backdrop for the event, followed by speakers, a Blessing of the Sails, and a presentation of the flags from each country.
Saturday, June 17
Grand Parade of Sail
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Remember — this is the big one. When roads will be closed, security will be upped, and 54 vessels from around the world will be sailing into Boston Harbor. The ships will travel along the Boston waterfront and turn at Charlestown before anchoring in their assigned berthing areas.
Sail Boston Festivals
Boston Fish Pier and Charlestown Navy Yard
10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Watch the tall ships sail by with some music, entertainment, and food for purchase. The festival will last until Wednesday, June 21, running every day from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Public Boarding of Ships
Boston Fish Pier, World Trade Center, Fan Pier, and Charlestown Navy Yard
4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Once the ships are stationed, visitors can board them for free. Exact boarding times will be posted closer to the event and may vary at the Captain’s discretion. The ships will be berthed at the Boston Fish Pier, World Trade Center Pier, Fan Pier, Rowe’s Wharf, and Charlestown Navy Yard. If you miss out on boarding a boat, no worries — they’ll also be open for boarding Sunday, June 18 through Wednesday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, June 18
If you’re wanting more to watch, 200 sailors, Marines, and coast guardsmen will be running from the North Jetty Pier to Christopher Columbus Park and back, about 2.5 miles each way.
Sail Boston Worship Service
Chapel of Our Lady of Good Voyage
10 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
The chapel will be hosting an ecumenical service for the general public, cadets, crew, and guests attending Sail Boston.
Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial Wreath Laying
Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial
Naval forces from Canada, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru will join the US Navy and US Marine Corps to lay wreathes and honor the men and women from Massachusetts who served and died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Monday, June 19
Crew and Cadet Street Parade
Seaport Boulevard to Downtown Crossing
12 p.m.-2 p.m.
This parade will celebrate Sail Boston and welcome crew, cadets, and guests from around the world. Presented by Downtown Boston BID, the parade will feature marching bands and cadets from visiting ships and will travel from Seaport Boulevard to Downtown Crossing.
Tuesday, June 20
Crew and Cadet Soccer Tournament
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Cheer on the tall ships’ crews and cadets as they enjoy some time on land by competing in a soccer tournament at Moakley Park.
Charlestown Navy Yard
7 p.m.-9 p.m.
More music, more entertainment. Enjoy the Charlestown Navy Yard with the Constitution Color Guard, Irish American Police Officers Association Pipes and Drums, and William Diamond Jr. Fife and Drum.
Wednesday, June 21
Tug of War
South Boston Maritime Park
7 p.m.-9 p.m.
This time, the Sunset Salute will take place at Fan Pier and will feature the Chilean Band, Dan Clark the Singing Trooper, Lynn English ROTC, Middlesex County Volunteers Fife and Drum, Sweet Harmony, US Coast Guard Drill team, and Wheelhouse Rodeo.
Thursday, June 22
Hold back the tears and come say your goodbyes to the tall ships, which will be heading out of Boston Harbor in the morning. Most will be continuing on to the next leg of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta to Canada.
For more information on the Sail Boston schedule, visit sailboston.com.Kiana Cole can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at @kianamcole