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.
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!
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.
The Battleship will be closed for tours and all activities on Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25.
The Battleship will open for tours Thursday, Dec. 26 through Tuesday, Dec. 31. The ship will open at 9:30am. The last tour of the day will launch at 3pm and you’ll have until 5pm to explore the World’s Greatest Battleship. The Battleship will be closed for tours on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1.
Bunks are still available for the First Night of 2020 Overnight aboard the Battleship. Enjoy dinner and breakfast served at the Chowline, experience a guided tour of the ship, take a chance to fire the Saluting Gun and sleep in the bunks that the crew of the USS New Jersey once did! Plus at midnight, experience the amazing view of the New Year’s fireworks over the Delaware River! The price for this special overnight is $79 per person. To reserve your bunks, call 866-877-6262 x203.
The Battleship will open her decks for guests to watch both the 6pm and Midnight New Year’s Eve fireworks shows. We’ll have music, food concessions, bar service and an amazing view of both fireworks shows. Just a $10 donation per person per show gets you aboard! .
Have a safe and happy Holiday Season!
Tickets will be available at the Battleship Ticket Office for both the 6pm and Midnight New Year’s Eve fireworks shows at the Battleship! .
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!
To purchase tickets, click the links below:
Also available at the Battleship’s Ticket Office, open prior to both the 6:00 pm and Midnight shows on New Year’s Eve.
Parking is available in Lot #1, across from the BB&T Pavilion. The price is $10 per vehicle.
Unless there are dangerous weather conditions, the fireworks will go forward, even if it’s raining. The Battleship will have the Officers’ Wardroom and the Exhibit interior spaces on the main deck open for guests prior to the start of the fireworks.
There are no chairs and lawn chairs are not permitted to be brought aboard the Battleship. No alcohol is permitted to be brought aboard the Battleship.
Both New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront shows are free to Battleship Members.