Mystic Seaport will kick off the start of the summer season on Memorial Day weekend with Salute to Summer, a new event that celebrates the best New England has to offer when the weather turns warm. The event runs Saturday and Sunday, May 23-24 and includes historic games and activities, boat rides, and a costumed dog parade. The weekend concludes Monday, May 25 with the Museum’s traditional Decoration Day observance.
The Museum’s historic interpretation staff has lined up a series of 19th-century activities for the entire family, where they can take part in vintage lawn games, run relay races, join a team for tug-of-war, make ice cream the old-fashioned way, and play a game of 1876 baseball. People can even try their hand at rowing a whaleboat and throwing a harpoon.
Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the water as the Museum’s boat rental dock will be open, where they can rent a rowboat or small sailboat to explore the Mystic River. In addition, motor launches and the catboat Breck Marshall will be operating a regular schedule of brief cruises.
A highlight of the weekend will be a costumed dog parade on Saturday, May 23. Visitors are encouraged to dress up their dog and participate in a fun parade around the Museum’s Village Green at 3:30 p.m. Judges will select a prize winner in three categories: Best Nautical Costume, Most Patriotic Costume, and Best Summer-themed Costume. Parade registration is free and includes Museum admission for one dog owner. Interested parties can download the registration form in advance from the Museum’s website.
For those interested in eating the Mystic Seaport traditional holiday boiled-lobster dinner, Latitude 41° Restaurant will be offering that and other lobster menu specials throughout the weekend.
On Monday, May 25, the Museum will hold its annual Decoration Day ceremony. Known today as Memorial Day, Decoration Day was formally instituted by the U.S. Government in 1868 as a day of national remembrance of those killed during the Civil War. Costumed role-players will reenact an 1876 tribute and procession to honor the fallen in the Civil War beginning at 10:30 a.m.
About Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The state-of-the-art Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world with access to the Museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $25 for adults and $16 for children ages 6-17. Museum members and children 5 and under are admitted free. For more information, please visit www.mysticseaport.org and follow Mystic Seaport on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.