Ships from the U.S Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and Royal Canadian Navy are scheduled to visit Chicago in August during the Chicago Air and Water Show, as part of the Navy’s commemoration of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812.
The frigate USS DeWert, the coastal patrol ship Hurricane, and the Canadian coastal defense vessels HMCS Moncton and Summerside will arrive in Chicago on August 14.
The War of 1812, also known as America’s Second War of Independence, is regarded by many as the conflict that started our country’s rise to global influence.
From 1812 to 1815, America fought to expand towards the north and west, and to assert our rights to trade freely with other countries, without interference from Britain’s Royal Navy ships on the high seas. Our modern Navy and our role as a global maritime power are rooted in the events of 1812 to 1815.
The ships arrive at Navy Pier on August 14 and 15. The Wednesday, August 15 fireworks at 9:30 p.m. will pay special tribute to the Navy, featuring a soundtrack with “The Star Spangled Banner”, written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812. Then, be sure to visit Navy Pier on August 16-19 for the opportunity to tour these Naval vessels.
It’s been more than a decade since Navy ships have visited Chicago. Don’t miss your chance to see them at Navy Pier during the Chicago Air and Water Show!