The Battleship New Jersey hosts many private and public events on the ship.
Check out what public events are coming up on our calendar.
The Battleship is excited to have commissioned Camden artist William Butler to create a unique artwork of his impression of the Battleship New Jersey. William has been working on the painting, which will be unveiled during the Battleship’s annual Adm. Halsey Awards Dinner on Thursday, May 11. People may bid to own this priceless piece of art during an online auction at
Bidding will end at 8pm on May 23, the 80th anniversary of the Commissioning of the USS New Jersey into the US Navy.
Own this unique piece of art and help the Battleship. All proceeds from the bid for the art go to the on-going maintenance of the Battleship New Jersey, a non-profit museum and memorial.
The Battleship will be the end point of the annual Heores Wreath Motorcycle Ride on Sunday, May 21 Several hundred bikes will park on the pier and landside. Riders will enjoy a self-guided tour of the Battleship, lunch catered by Mission BBQ and live music on the fantail.
Meet will be at the “Old” Philadelphia Police Academy, 8501 State Road, Philadelphia, PA at 9am. Ride will begin at 11am.
For more information or to register, visit
In conjunction with the Anniversary of the New Jersey’s Commissioning Ceremony on May 23, the Battleship will also unveil 22 new banners of Heroes who served or helped our military from our region. The new banners will be on display along the Battleship’s Promenade. A booklet with details on all of the Banner Honorees will be available for free in the Visitors Center.
The ceremony, which will take place on the fantail on Tuesday, May 23 at 11am, is free to attend.
The Heroes to be honored on the banners along the promenade include:
- Jedh Colby Barker, LCPL, USMC
- Richard H. Best, LT, US Navy
- Ronald L. Bon, CAPT., US Air Force
- May Brill, SK3, US Navy Waves
- Nelson V. Brittin, SFC US Army
- Peter Spencer Connor, S/SGT, USMC
- Samuel S. Coursen, 1LT, US Army
- Walter E. Demsey Jr., SF4, US Army
- Louis A. Ivey, Capt., MD, US Navy
- Elden H. Johnson, PVT, US Army
- Rosella Johnson, “ROSIE THE RIVETER”
- Douglas J. Katz, VADM, US Navy
- Edith M. Claypoole, “WENDY THE WELDER”
- Richard D. Milligan, RADM, US Navy
- Nicholas Minue, PVT, US Army
- Paul Reason, ADM, US Navy
- Carlton Robert Rouh, 1ST LT, USMC
- David B. McGuidan, CAPT, US Navy
- Raymond A. Spruance, ADM, US Navy
- Chaplain Charles J. Watters, MAJ, US Army
- Judith Tapper, GOLD STAR MOTHER, and David M. Tapper, PQ1 US Navy Seal
- Melinda Kane, GOLD STAR MOTHER, and Jeremy Kane, LCPL, USMC
A special thanks to Sheet Metal Workers Local Union No. 19 for sponsoring the banners
Thanks to Philadelphia Sign for printing the banners.
The past Heroes Banners that were flying along the Promenade have been moved to fly along Wiggins Marina.
A very special Thank You to all our honorees for their services to our county
USS New Jersey Commissioning Anniversary/Veteran Banners Unveiling
Tuesday, May 23, 11am
The Battleship will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Commissioning of the USS New Jersey and the unveiling of new banners honoring veterans from the region and the Battleship with a ceremony on Tuesday, May 23 at 11am.
The event will feature remarks from
- Author and historian Paul Stillwell,
- WWII USS New Jersey veteran William “Bill” Ryan,
- Capt Louis Ivey, USN (Ret), the first African-American Officer on the New Jersey,
- VADM Douglas Katz, Commanding Officer of the New Jersey from 1987-1989,
- Capt. Mark Easton, USN (Ret), crewmember on the New Jersey during the 1980s,
- Rear Adm. Samuel Cox, USN (Ret), former Commander of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI). and current Director, Naval History and Heritage Command and Curator of the Navy.
Capt. Walter M. Urban, USN (Ret), will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Live performance of “God Bless America” by Maria Discuuillo, and the National Anthem and TAPS performed by the Battleship’s Bugler, volunteer Nan LaCorte.
This free ceremony will also feature veterans. live patriot music performance and even birthday cake as we celebrate the Battleship’s 80th year and honor veteran and supporters .
The Battleship will team up with Camden County and the Knights of Columbus to host a free ceremony to remember our military heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The ceremony will take place on the ship’s fantail.
The key note speaker for this free ceremony will be Con. Donald Norcross. The National Anthem and TAPS will be performed by bugler Bill McLean. A Memorial Wreath will be casted upon the Delaware River to honor our military heroes.
The ceremony will begin at 10am on the Battleship’s fantail, tented rear deck.
The Battleship New Jersey will hold a ceremony on the history of Flag Day, as well as a live demonstration of the proper way to retire a tattered US flag. This free event will take place at 10am on Wednesday, June 14, on land with the Battleship as the backdrop.
Guests may bring their tattered flags to the Battleship. All flags will be retired properly.
All kids will also get a mini US flag as part of their tour of the Battleship on Flag Day, June 14.
You can also make a donation to own a flag flown over the Battleship. See below for more information on a flag flown over the ship. visit
The 11th annual Camden Residents Scholarship Awards Dinner will take place in the Officers’ Wardroom on Thursday, June 15 at 6pm. This dinner will award students who reside in Camden with $2000 scholarships — an additional $1000 from past scholarship awards — to be used for their education as they move forward in their academic career.
The Battleship has awarded 100 Camden students a total of $100,000 in scholarships over the past 10 years. As we move into our next decade of scholarships, the Battleship has increased the award per student to $2000 to further help them with their educational expenses.
The Battleship has recently contacted Camden area schools regarding participating in this program. Teachers from the schools identified students moving forward in their academic career for the Battleship scholarship. One student from ten Camden-area high schools and secondary schools will receive the scholarship, which will be awarded on the Battleship on June 15.
The winning students and the schools that there are from are:
- Camden Academy Charter: Michelle Leon
- Camden High: Deonna Fooks-Benbow
- Camden Catholic High: Jesus Colin
- LEAP Academy: Dwan Tokley
- Brimm Medical Arts: Taniya Aviles
- Creative Arts Silvia Espinal
- Camden Big Picture; DeJanea Witcher
- Eastside High School: Oscar Roman
- Rutgers-Camden: Dynasty Birriel
- Camden County College Grisleidy Pena
Congratulations to all these outstanding students!
Imagine a night with stations of beef captained by the best chefs in the country for a night of feasting.
This dinner will be on the deck of the Battleship New Jersey. Bigger setting with one purpose…..to create an night that will be spoken about in hushed tones for years to come.
UNIFORMS (RMLC Battleship Beef Hats) WILL BE PROVIDED FOR ALL PATRONS
Dining etiquette will be set aside…. our goal is to over consume.
This one will be a epic scene filled with Red Meat Lovers and BEEF and maybe a few Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust cigars provided by Steve Saka and Casa De Montecristo.
Red Meat Lover’s Club will set up there signature auction , all profits of auction will be donated to Battleship NJ.
Some menu highlights….(*menu and restaurants subject to change)
Katz’s Deli NYC will be slicing Pastrami on Rye with a smear of mustard
Mission BBQ chopped brisket and puuled pork sliders, cornbread and slaw
Jimmy Buff’s will be serving their iconic Italian Hot Dogs
Full wheel of reggiano parmigiano cheese …making the greatest pasta you have ever had by Marcelli Formaggi
Carved aged meats mountains by Edward’s Aged Meats
Jack Link’s Beef Jerky Tree will be consumed all night
Butter Belly Warm cookie station
and beyond……(you won’t leave hungry)
The cigars will be included with each ticket. Casa De Montecristo will create a pop up cigar sales store.
We have the ability to smoke just off the Battleship on the landing and the pier.
The iconic Steve Saka will be including his cigars into the night…..and will be present and accounted for.
Cash bar with proceeds going to the battleship
Thank you to Paris Ackerman law for your sponsorship
The New Jersey Brewers Association and the Battleship New Jersey are thrilled to bring you the 2023 NJ Beer Festival aboard the Battleship, Saturday, June 24.
The state’s premiere New Jersey-exclusive craft beer festival, bringing you live music, crafts and of course, over thirty local breweries on the nation’s most decorated battleship! Our 2022 event had 35 breweries with over 100 different beers.
Take a tour of the ship, then join us for an amazing time on the Delaware River!
Enjoy craft beer from New Jersey breweries on the fantail of the World’s Greatest Battleship Saturday, June 25! This annual event includes a tour of the Battleship — before sampling beer!, live music from Cabin Dogs, delicious food and even take home a souvenir sampling mug!
Breweries who participated in past NJ Beer Festivals inluded:
13th Child Brewery, 7 Mile Brewery, The Alementary, Axe and Arrow Brewing, Behr Brewing, Brotherton Brewing, Buttzville Brewing, Carton Brewing, Chimney Rustic Ales, Czig Meister Brewing, Double Nickel Brewing, Dr. Brewlittle’s, Eclipse Brewing, Eight & Sand Beer, Ghost Hawk Brewing, Gusto Brewing, Hidden Sands Brewing, Lower Forge Brewery, MechanicalBrewery, MudHen Brewing, Neck of the Woods Brewing, Old Hights Brewing, Pinelands Brewing, Ross Brewing, Slack Tide Brewing, Somers Point Brewing, Swedesboro Brewing, Third State Brewing, Toms River Brewing, Twin Lights Brewing, Untied Brewing, Vinyl Brewing, Zed’s Beer-Bado Brewing
Early Bird Tickets are now available!
VIP: Enjoy access at 12:00 pm – one hour earlier than the public, sample special beers and meet the brewers with our VIP ticket. A limited number of VIP tickets are available at $75 per adult.
General Admission: Tickets for the public sampling session from 1:00pm to 5:00pm are $50.
Designated driver and early bird pricing also available.
For tickets, click the link below:
Experience the amazing view of the fireworks over the Delaware River on Saturday, July 1. Live music by the 999 Reasons Band, face painting for kids, food concessions, bar service and the best view of the fireworks for the forecastle (forward deck) of the Battleship! A $10 donation per person.
Or watch the Fireworks like an Admiral! Our Admiral VIP package includes beer, wine and soda, appetizers and fireworks viewing from the 01 deck – one deck above the main deck. Admiral VIP guests will have access to the main deck too. A $100 donation per person.
The Battleship’s decks will open at 7pm. Fireworks will begin around 9:30pm.
No chairs, alcohol or food may be brought aboard the ship.
For tickets, click here:
Or stop by the Battleship’s Ticket Office any day from 10am to 4pm.
Or call 866-877-6262 x108.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial will welcome 34 new U.S. citizens during a special Independence Day naturalization ceremony Tuesday, July 4 at 10am. USCIS Mt. Laurel Field Office Director Keith Dorr will administer the Oath of Allegiance, and other officials will offer welcoming and congratulatory remarks to the new citizens.
The 34 citizenship candidates originate from the following 21 countries: Afghanistan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, India, Jordan, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, St. Lucia, Togo, United Kingdom and Vietnam. Among the candidates, three are currently serving in the U.S. military.
This ceremony is part of USCIS’ annual Independence Day celebration of our nation’s 247th birthday and the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. USCIS will welcome new U.S. citizens at Independence Day-themed naturalization ceremonies across the country.
USCIS often participates in naturalization ceremonies at museums, schools, libraries and other notable locations to celebrate the conclusion of an immigrant’s journey to citizenship and honor their commitment. Ceremonies in honor of national holidays or significant historic anniversaries — like Independence Day — connect new citizens with our nation’s past, while welcoming them as part of America’s future.
Battleship New Jersey (BB-62) is the most decorated battleship in Navy history, earning distinction in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War and conflicts in the Middle East. The New Jersey’s history spans over half the 20th century, from her design in 1938 until 1991. Today the New Jersey continues her service as a living museum and memorial.
USCIS encourages new U.S. citizens and guests to share their naturalization experiences on social media using the hashtag #NewUSCitizen.
Watch the July 4th Fireworks from the Battleship like an Admiral! Beer, wine, soda, appetizers and the unique viewing location of Admiral’s and Captain’s decks, one level above the main deck. Admiral VIP guests also have access to the main deck. A $100 donation per person.
Or watch the fireworks for our main deck, where we’ll have live music by the Blitz Band, temporary tattoos for kids, food concessions and bar service. Just a $10 donation for general public fireworks viewing.
Admiral VIP guests can also experience activities on the main deck.
For tickets, click below:
Or visit the Battleship’s Ticket Office, open every day from 10am to 5pm, or call 866-877-6262 x108.
No chairs, no alcohol and no food can be brought aboard the ship.
Philadelphia Union, in partnership with Boeing, announced they will honor Military Appreciation with their annual Battle of the Branches 5v5 mini-soccer tournament on July 13, which will take place on the deck of the Battleship New Jersey.
In addition to the tournament, the event will conclude with a party with food and beverage and on the deck of the battleship.
The Union invites all active-duty military, as well as retired, reserve, DOD civilians, and friends and family playing in honor or memory of military members, in the Philadelphia-area, to assemble teams and compete in the tournament. There is no cost to register, and each player will receive a shirt, access to a meal and one drink ticket.
Date: Thursday, July 13th
Time: Tournament begins at 2 p.m. with the party to follow
Location: Battleship New Jersey (100 Clinton St, Camden, NJ 08103)
To register, click: https://www.philadelphiaunion.com/form/battle-of-the-branches-2023
The winning team will receive complimentary standing room only tickets to the Union’s Military Appreciation Game on Saturday, July 15th against NYCFC.