The Battleship New Jersey will participate in the annual Philadelphia Science Festival’s Citywide Star Party on Friday evening, April 20. The ship’s forecastle (forward deck) will open at 7pm for guests to check out the skies above with a professional astronomer. Past years, guests got to see Saturn, Jupiter and an array of stars through telescopes.
We’ll offer some snacks and beverages for guests to purchase during this free event!
Free parking is available along Clinton St., which is on the access road that runs behind the BB&T Pavilion.
The Battleship New Jersey will host a Civil War Navy Symposium on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 9am to 4:30pm. The event will include presentations on the Blue Water Navy and Brown Water Navy from Civil War historians, such as Dr. William M. Fowler Jr., Chuck Veil, Dr. Timothy B. Smith, and Dr. Gary D. Joiner. There will also be displays, living history exhibits, musical performances and lunch, all on the historic fantail (tented rear deck) of the Battleship.
In continuation of the Battleship New Jersey’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, the ship will host a ceremony at 9:30am on Saturday, Feb. 22. The keynote speaker will be WWII veteran and a participant in the Battle of Iwo Jima, Frank Beach. The Battleship will remember our military heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice with the casting a wreath into the Delaware River, a 21-gun salute by the PFC Daniel Giordano Marine Detachment Rifle Team, and the performance of TAPs on bugle.
The ceremony will take place in the Officers’ Wardroom and is free for guests to attend.
Further, the Battleship will be real-time posting on Twitter some of the events of the Battle of Iwo Jima on Feb. 17.
The American goal of the battle was to gain control of the island and its airfields to allow the Americans to have a staging location in order to attack the Japanese main islands. Over five weeks, this battle had some of the bloodiest fighting of the war in the Pacific. During the battle, New Jersey participated in the shore bombardment of the island