Help a needy family in our community have a nicer Holiday Season. The Battleship has joined forces with the US Marine Corps Reserve by participating in their annual Toys for Tots program, now through Dec. 21. Bring in a new toy or game for an area family and you’ll get a 20% discount on a Fire Power Tour of the World’s Greatest Battleship! Toys and games can be dropped off in the Toys for Tots Box in the Battleship’s Visitors Center.
Thanks and have a Happy Holiday Season!
You may know the shopping day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday, but on the Battleship, we refer to Friday, Nov. 23 as Black Dragon Friday!
During WWII, because of the ship’s dark painted hull and when she fired her guns it looked like she was breathing fire, the Battleship earned the nickname “The Black Dragon.”
On Friday, Nov. 23, the Battleship Gift Shop will celebrate “Black Dragon Friday.” Guests will get an extra 10% off all purchases that day at the Gift Shop, open from 10am to 4pm. The Battleship will be open for tours on Black Dragon Friday from 9:30am to 3pm.
The Battleship will be closed for tours on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22. Have a safe and happy holiday!
Enjoy breakfast served from the Battleship’s Chowline, take a tour of the World’s Greatest Battleship, win prizes and meet Santa Claus! The annual Breakfast with Santa aboard the Battleship will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 9am to 11am.
Guests will enjoy a hot breakfast of Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Hashbrown Potatoes, Cereal, Homemade Danish, Orange Juice,
Coffee, Tea, Decaf, Hot Chocolate Station with all condiments– all served from the Chowline, the same way it was served to sailors of the USS New Jersey.
We’ll also have some fun activities for kids and all guests can enter to win some great prizes. Guests will also meet Santa and have their photo taken with him aboard the Big J! At the end of the breakfast, all guests can experience a Fire Power tour of the Battleship!
Tickets are $18 for children 12 and under and $24 for adults. Active military families will pay just $10 per person. Battleship members get a 20% discount.
“Christmas 1945” is the bestselling non-fiction book from author Matthew R. Litt. In December 1945, WWII was finally over and the country was ready to celebrate after four dark holiday seasons. This book tells the true stories of “Christmas 1945 – the Greatest Celebration in American History.” Some stories will make you smile, some will make you cry – all will restore your American and holiday spirit and your faith in humankind.
Meet author Matthew Litt, who will talk about the book, in the Officers’ Wardroom of the Battleship on Saturday, Dec. 22 from 11am to 12:30pm. Matthew will also have books available for sale and will sign any book purchased.
This event is free to attend with a tour of the Battleship.
Matthew has appeared on countless television and radio shows, and in Time magazine to discuss “Christmas 1945.” He has been invited to speak to large groups and small groups, using the true stories from “Christmas 1945” to raise everyone’s holiday & American spirit! The book and presentation are secular, focusing on history and humankind rather than religion.
Matthew is also a practicing attorney and a professional speaker who travels the country lecturing on the art and science of persuasive writing.
The Battleship is open for tours from 9:30am to 3pm every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, through December 31. The Battleship will be open on weekends from 9:30am to 3pm in January and February. The Battleship is closed for tours on New Year’s Day.
The Battleship will open her decks for guests to watch the 6 pm or Midnight SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront.
We’ll have music, food concessions and bar service. We will open her decks two hours before each show – 4:00 pm for the 6:00 pm fireworks show and 10:00 pm for the midnight show.
Come aboard for just a $10 donation per person. All proceeds go to the on-going restoration of the Battleship, a non-profit museum and memorial.
Fire the 5-inch gun at the conclusion of the 6:00 pm and Midnight Fireworks! We’ll offer chances for guests to pull the trigger and fire this historic gun on New Year’s Eve!
Tickets are also available by calling 866-877-6262 ext. 108, or at the Battleship’s Ticket Office, open every day from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, except Christmas Day, and prior to both the 6:00 pm and Midnight shows on New Year’s Eve.
Both SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront shows are free to Battleship Members.
Families can experience the First Night of 2019 aboard the Battleship New Jersey! Our award-winning overnight program features dinner and breakfast served at the chowline, a guided tour of the Battleship, the chance to fire a saluting gun and the opportunity to sleep in the bunks that the crew of the USS New Jersey once did.
Further, at midnight, all guests can enjoy the amazing view of the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront!
The First Night overnight is $79 per person. Guests must be part of a family, which means at least one parent or guardian and one child age 6 – 17.
For reservations, call 866-877-6262 ext. 203.
This night, the girls are in charge!
Your Girl Scout troop is invited to a spend a fun, educational and totally cool night aboard the Battleship New Jersey! Our award-winning overnight encampment program features dinner and breakfast served from the chowline, a guided tour of the Battleship, and the opportunity to sleep in the bunks that the crew of the USS New Jersey once did!
Plus, girls can participate in a USO-style show, complete with performers and learn about how women helped build the Battleship during WWII. Girl Scouts will also get a “Women Serving Our Nation” patch!
The Battleship’s Girls Only Night is $69 per person. To reserve your bunks, call 866-877-6262 ext. 203.