Fireworks and the Pops aren’t the only reasons to visit Boston right now. If you’re in town, you can’t miss Navy Week. This year, that includes navy ships, tall ships from around the world, and a special bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812. Despite a heat wave that had temps topping out in the 90s, Devin and I headed down to the waterfront to check out the action.
It’s an easy walk from Downtown, or you can take the Silver Line to the Courthouse or World Trade Center stops. Aside from the US Coast Guard’s Baroque Eagle and, of course, the USS Constitution, most of the tall ships are located near the Fish Pier.
Wear sturdy shoes, and expect to wait in line to tour the international ships (this year, tall ships hail from Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, and Indonesia). You can also tour a number of privately owned tall ships, as well as navy ships (including the USS Wasp), which are located at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal. For more information on related events—including an air show by the Blue Angels—visit OpSailBoston.