Event dining on the Battleship New Jersey

 

The Battleship New Jersey hosts many private and public events on the ship.
Check out what public events are coming up on our calendar.

Nov
19
Tue
Give to Toys for Tots at the Battleship @ Battleship New Jersey
Nov 19 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 20 @ 3:00 pm
Give to Toys for Tots at the Battleship @ Battleship New Jersey
Help a child in the area enjoy a nicer Christmas!  The Battleship is partnering with the US Marine Corps Reserves “Toys for Tots” Program.  People who bring in a new toy or game to donate to Toys for Tots can get a free self-guided tour with the purchase of an adult tour.
The program will run through Dec. 20.  So bring in your new toys and games, and give a child in the area a better Holiday Season
Nov
29
Fri
Save 10% on All Merchandise on Black Dragon Friday. Nov. 29 @ Battleship New Jersey
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Save 10% on All Merchandise on Black Dragon Friday. Nov. 29 @ Battleship New Jersey
You may know the shopping day after Thanksgiving as Black Friday, but on the Battleship, we refer to Friday, Nov. 29 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. 29, 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. 28.  Have a nice and safe holiday!
Steam to Speed Engineering Tour Added on Friday, Nov. 29 @ Battleship New Jersey
Nov 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Steam to Speed Engineering Tour Added on Friday, Nov. 29 @ Battleship New Jersey

Experience the Steam to Speed Engineering Tour on Black Dragon Friday!  The newest guided tour of the Battleship has been added on Friday, Nov. 29 at 1pm.

Guests can walk down Broadway en route to the Boiler Room and Fire Room.  This interactive tour shows how the crew converted steam to speed.

On Black Dragon Friday, guests can enjoy an additional 10% off any purchase in the Ship’s Store.

Steam to Speed Engineering Tour also launch Saturday and Sundays at 1pm through Dec. 31.  Beginning in January 2020, the Engineering Tour will begin at 11am.

Nov
30
Sat
Touch History: Admirals @ Battleship New Jersey
Nov 30 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Touch History:  Admirals @ Battleship New Jersey
 The Battleship’s Touch History theme for November is Admirals.

Of the many Admirals that broke their flag on the ship over the years, the most famous is Bull Halsey who commanded the Third Fleet from the battleship during parts of World War II.

Try on an Admiral’s jacket and hat, look through the cruisebooks and see how the ship’s crew saw their admirals, and read in his own words what the ship’s last admiral, J. Paul Reason, thought about the navy.

Build a Propeller-Powered Vehicle During Weekends in November @ Battleship New Jersey
Nov 30 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Build a Propeller-Powered Vehicle During Weekends in November @ Battleship New Jersey
Build a propeller powered vehicle with our educators every Saturday and Sunday in November!  Each vehicle will be individually engineered and you will have to master gravity, aerodynamics, and more to race your vehicle against your competitors!

This program is free for all guests taking self-guided tours and will take place in the Officers’ Wardroom from 10:00am – 3:00pm.

Dec
5
Thu
Building History in December: Pop Rivets & Soldering @ Battleship New Jersey
Dec 5 @ 6:50 pm – 7:50 pm
Building History in December:  Pop Rivets & Soldering @ Battleship New Jersey
December 7, 1942, the Battleship New Jersey is launched from Philadelphia Navy Yard, kissing New Jersey as it does. The ship’s construction was a combination of both riveting and welding. The Navy Yard employed 500 female welders in 1943 alone, and a third of all workers at the Navy Yard resided on this side of the river.
Channel your inner Rosie the Riveter and Wendy the Welder and try pop riveting and soldering with our educators during Saturdays and Sundays in December.
Dec
6
Fri
Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony @ Battleship New Jersey
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony @ Battleship New Jersey

The Camden County Freeholder Board and Gloucester County Freeholder Board will mark the 78th anniversary of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

“Each year we gather to honor those who served and lost their lives at Pearl Harbor on the fateful day that threw the U.S. into World War II,” said Freeholder Bill Moen. “The Freeholder Board invites all county residents to the Battleship to reflect on the contributions of the men and women, past and present, who have faithfully served our nation.”

The event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available.

https://www.camdencounty.com/event/pearl-harbor-day-commemoration/

Dec
7
Sat
Ceremony for the Anniversary of the Launch of the USS New Jersey @ Battleship New Jersey
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Ceremony for the Anniversary of the Launch of the USS New Jersey @ Battleship New Jersey

The Battleship New Jersey will celebrate the 77th Anniversary of the Launch of the USS New Jersey with a free ceremony in the Officers’ Wardroom at 10am on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Curator Ryan Szimanski will do a historical overview of the launch at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on Dec. 7, 1942 of our nation’s largest battleship.  Volunteer Nan LaCorte will begin the ceremony with the performance of our National Anthem on bugle.  All guests can enjoy a piece of cake at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Building History in December: Pop Rivets & Soldering @ Battleship New Jersey
Dec 7 @ 6:50 pm – 7:50 pm
Building History in December:  Pop Rivets & Soldering @ Battleship New Jersey
December 7, 1942, the Battleship New Jersey is launched from Philadelphia Navy Yard, kissing New Jersey as it does. The ship’s construction was a combination of both riveting and welding. The Navy Yard employed 500 female welders in 1943 alone, and a third of all workers at the Navy Yard resided on this side of the river.
Channel your inner Rosie the Riveter and Wendy the Welder and try pop riveting and soldering with our educators during Saturdays and Sundays in December.
Dec
8
Sun
Building History in December: Pop Rivets & Soldering @ Battleship New Jersey
Dec 8 @ 6:50 pm – 7:50 pm
Building History in December:  Pop Rivets & Soldering @ Battleship New Jersey
December 7, 1942, the Battleship New Jersey is launched from Philadelphia Navy Yard, kissing New Jersey as it does. The ship’s construction was a combination of both riveting and welding. The Navy Yard employed 500 female welders in 1943 alone, and a third of all workers at the Navy Yard resided on this side of the river.
Channel your inner Rosie the Riveter and Wendy the Welder and try pop riveting and soldering with our educators during Saturdays and Sundays in December.
Dec
13
Fri
Patriot Games: Army vs. Navy Tug-of-War at the Battleship @ Battleship New Jersey
Dec 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Patriot Games: Army vs. Navy Tug-of-War at the Battleship @ Battleship New Jersey | Camden | New Jersey | United States

Cadets from Army will face off with the Midshipmen from Navy during a Tug-of-War competition on the pier of the Battleship New Jersey on Friday, Dec. 13 at 3pm. Guests are welcome to attend the competition for free on the pier.

Tour the Battleship before the contest and watch the event from the decks of the ship!

The Tug-of-War is part of the annual Patriot Games — a two-day, five-event competition between teams of Cadets and the Midshipmen that takes place in various Philadelphia landmarks. The Patriot Games lead up to the annual Army vs Navy football game on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Past Tug-of-Wars at the Battleship also featured both academies’ bands, spirit squads, mascots and even an Army tank!

Dec
14
Sat
Breakfast with Santa on the Battleship @ Battleship New Jersey
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Breakfast with Santa on the Battleship @ Battleship New Jersey | Camden | New Jersey | United States

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, presented by 6ABC, will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 9am to 11am.

Guests will enjoy a hot breakfast 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.

Building History in December: Pop Rivets & Soldering @ Battleship New Jersey
Dec 14 @ 6:50 pm – 7:50 pm
Building History in December:  Pop Rivets & Soldering @ Battleship New Jersey
December 7, 1942, the Battleship New Jersey is launched from Philadelphia Navy Yard, kissing New Jersey as it does. The ship’s construction was a combination of both riveting and welding. The Navy Yard employed 500 female welders in 1943 alone, and a third of all workers at the Navy Yard resided on this side of the river.
Channel your inner Rosie the Riveter and Wendy the Welder and try pop riveting and soldering with our educators during Saturdays and Sundays in December.
Dec
15
Sun
Building History in December: Pop Rivets & Soldering @ Battleship New Jersey
Dec 15 @ 6:50 pm – 7:50 pm
Building History in December:  Pop Rivets & Soldering @ Battleship New Jersey
December 7, 1942, the Battleship New Jersey is launched from Philadelphia Navy Yard, kissing New Jersey as it does. The ship’s construction was a combination of both riveting and welding. The Navy Yard employed 500 female welders in 1943 alone, and a third of all workers at the Navy Yard resided on this side of the river.
Channel your inner Rosie the Riveter and Wendy the Welder and try pop riveting and soldering with our educators during Saturdays and Sundays in December.
Dec
17
Tue
Re-enactment of Capt. Peniston “Firepower for Freedom” Speech on Dec. 17 @ Battleship New Jersey
Dec 17 @ 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Re-enactment of Capt. Peniston "Firepower for Freedom" Speech on Dec. 17 @ Battleship New Jersey
On December 17, 1969, Captain Robert Peniston decommissioned the Battleship New Jersey for the third time. At the time, the New Jersey was the only active battleship in the world and many feared that there would  never be more battleships again. New Jersey and her crew had been off the coast of Vietnam only a few months before this decommissioning and many credit the ship for saving American lives on shore.
At the decommissioning ceremony, Captain Peniston said farewell to a ship that meant so much to so many, “Rest well, yet sleep lightly, and hear the call, if again sounded, to provide ‘Firepower for Freedom.”
A reenactment of Peniston’s speech as well as some words from the ship’s curator will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 17 on the Forecastle at 11:00. Free with Museum Admission.