You can welcome home the tall ships and celebrate Independence Day and the grand opening of Seaport Landing all in one stop at the Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority’s “Sail-A-Bration” on July 3 and 4.
Festivities begin with the arrival of the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to their new permanent home on July 3. A ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by tours of the ships starting at 6 p.m. The main entrance to the area that will be known as Seaport Landing is at 500 N. Custer St. in South Aberdeen.
Celebrations start on July Fourth at noon with public tours, a classic car show, and a community garage sale. Food will be prepared by the Aberdeen Lions Club, and a beer garden is hosted by Captain’s Corner.
The public can view fireworks at the city’s Splash celebration across the Chehalis River either from the Seaport Landing pier, which is free, or on board either of the two ships for a three-hour cruise, which costs from $40 to $60 per person and begins at 9 p.m. You may bring a snack aboard.
You are asked to bring chairs if you choose to view the 10 p.m. display from the pier. Parking is available on the site.
Seaport Landing and Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority need volunteers to prepare and staff the event. They also still need volunteers to help clean the site; in June, there are Saturday cleanups from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, call 800-200-5239 or visit their website at http://www.historicalseaport.org.