The easiest way to enjoy the arrival of the Navy Week vessels and the OpSail Boston tall ships — in town through July 6 — is take a seat along the water and watch. Our favorite viewing spots include Castle Island, Charlestown Navy Yard, the dock outside the ICA, and Christopher Columbus Park in the North End. If you’re looking for a bit more organized fun, this weekend overlaps with Boston Harborfest, War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations, Navy Week, and OpSail Boston. Here are a few highlights and go to Boston
.com/tallships for more.
Mock Sea Battle: A battle reenactment called the “Duel of the Privateers” will see the Lynx face off against the Pride of Baltimore II.
July 1-3 at 2 p.m.
Reenact the Boston Tea Party: Relive local history by tossing some tea into the Boston Harbor and firing the cannons while aboard the Liberty Clipper. Reservations recommended, 617-742-0333, $24-$35, www.liberty
Catch a military band: The US Coast Guard Band will perform at Charlestown Navy Yard on July 2 at 4 p.m. and at City Hall Plaza on July 4 at 2 p.m.
Naval Gun Drill on the USS Constitution: A full gun drill aboard the undefeated vessel that saw action in the War of 1812. June 28-July 2 at noon, July 3 at 2 p.m.
Rum & Revolution at Sea: This spirited sail (pun!) features historical actors who sing, dance, and teach you all about the rum trade. 21+, $35, 617-742-0333, www.libertyfleet.com
Tall Ships Singles Cruise: Mingle with others in search of love aboard a boat, which will afford single sailors a great view of the ships at sunset. Boat leaves from Rowes Wharf at 7:30 p.m. June 30, $35, 781-446-0234, www.se-4u.com/events.php
Chow down at Chowderfest: Nothing hits the spot on a hot day like a steaming cup of chowder, right? Sample entries from local establishments like Waterline, Barracuda Tavern, and Nix’s Mate at the annual event, part of Boston Harborfest. July 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., $13 for adults, $9 for children, Boston City Hall Plaza, www.boston