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July 25 to August 3, 2014. Cape Cod Canal Centennial Celebration.
The week long celebration of the Cape Cod Canal’s centennial will be filled with maritime-themed events for the whole family, from historical exhibits and tall ships on display to a tugboat parade and children’s activities along the canal. There will be tours of the historic Charles W. Morgan, the last surviving wooden whaling ship. See below for the many events in the Canal area for the week of the Centennial.
July 25 – July 27. Tour the US Coast Guard’s Eagle sailing ship.
The USCGC Eagle (WIX-327)(formerly the SSS Horst Wessel) is a 295 foot (90 cm) barque used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. She is the only active commissioned steel hulled sailing vessel in American military service. Tours will be offered from the docks of Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
July 25 – 29. Tour the TS Kennedy sailing ship.
The vessel known today as Kennedy was laid down in 1964 as SS Velma Lykes, a Maritime Administration (MARAD) break bulk cargo freighter type (C4-S-66a) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 182) at Avondale Industries, New Orleans, LA. She was delivered to Lykes Brothers Steamship Company in 1966. She was known as the SS Velma Lykes until the vessel was reacquired by MARAD when she was renamed SS Cape Bon.
Open to the public for tours:
Tuesday, 29 July, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
July 26. SeaFest
Old-fashioned clambake, interesting ships, craft fair, shanty music, Coast Guard demo, Sandwich Throwdown, Kids Tent, boat accessories show, re-enactors and the Hood Blimp. 10am – 4pm. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
July 26 & 27. Come aboard the Charles W Morgan.
The Charles W. Morgan is the last of an American whaling fleet that numbered more than 2,700 vessels. Built and launched in 1841, the Morgan is now America’s oldest commercial ship still afloat – only the USS Constitution is older. Tours will be offered from the docks of Massachusetts Maritime Academy.
Open to the public for tours:
July 26. 12:00-5:00 Canal Music Fest.
Sponsored by the Bourne Society of Historic Preservation, Inc.. Many talented groups of local musicians will perform music from the last 100 years. To be held under a large tent (bring chairs or blankets) at 22 Sandwich Road, Bourne Village, next to the Briggs McDermott House, where a ship model show will be open July 25, 26 and 27 from 10 – 4. The models exhibited will feature ships which operated in the Canal throughout the past 100 years; this includes a large model of the Charles W. Morgan, vintage tug boats and sailing ships, and a room dedicated to 12 1/2 sloops designed by Herreshoff one hundred years ago. The Briggs McDermott House will be open daily from 1-4 from July 28-Aug 3. View Flyer
July 26. Parade of Lights through the Canal.
Approximately 30 pleasure Boats will arrive in style with decorative lights and traverse the canal starting at 9pm on the west side of the canal at Mass Maritime Academy. They will travel east past the Sandwich Marina to turn in Cape Cod Bay and return back through the canal. Viewing will be throughout the length of the canal.
July 26 & 27. Cape Cod Central Railroad Centennial Celebration Trains
11:00am and 3:30pm. Join us for Centennial Celebration Trains: Departing from the Buzzards Bay Depot. Head over the historic vertical lift train bridge, along the Cape Cod Canal to Sandwich and then back again. Special Price: $15 adults and $10 child (2-12). 70 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA
Fireworks train July 29th. Click here for more details.
July 27. Family Fun Day
2-5pm. Family Fun Day will include but not limited to: saw mill demonstration, chain saw carver, smoky the bear, state forest fire trucks, interpreter activities, crafts, DJ, face painting, games, etc. Sponsored by the Friends of Scusset Beach
July 27. Cape Cod Baseball League All Star Game
Gates open at 2pm. All Star Game at Upper Cape Tech in Bourne. Highlights are autograph session, home run hitting contest, and of course the game that begins at 6pm.
July 27. Annual Van Rensselaer Trophy Race
The Van Rensselaer Trophy Race Day is held annually and is scheduled for July 27, 2014. The race is a pursuit race for PHRF monohull sailboats. Races for Bullseyes and H-12s are also held. The race is an open event and is part of the CAPE COD CANAL CENTENNIAL in 2014. The race will start in the vicinity of Centerboard Shoals Buoy (Fl R “2”) [also known as Sippican Harbor Buoy 2] off of Bird Island.A valid 2014 PHRF-NE certificate is required for each PHRF boat; however, 2014 PHRF-NE base handicaps will be used for Shields, J/80s, J/24s, and J/22s. Bullseyes and H-12s are eligible for the one-design races and shall comply with class rules.
Online entry must be completed by 1700 on Thursday, July 24, 2014. See the Beverly Yacht Club website at
July 27. Aptucxet Trading Post & Museum
On the banks of the Cape Cod Canal at the Aptucxet Trading Post & Museum there will be a Pilgrim/Colonial Sunday Service Re-enactment. Open to all, a non-denominational service, 7:30AM. A free-will offering will be taken. Following the service a Colonial social brunch will be offered. There is ample parking on the site, rest room facilities and tours of the site will be offered after 11:00AM when the Post opens. Rain or shine. Sponsored by the Bourne Historical Society.
July 29. Tall Ship Kalmar Nyckel
The original Kalmar Nyckel was one of America’s pioneering colonial ships, a Mayflower of the Delaware Valley, yet her remarkable story has never been widely told. The original Kalmar Nyckel served as Governor Peter Minuit’s flagship for the 1638 expedition that founded the colony of New Sweden, establishing the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley, Fort Christina in present-day Wilmington, Delaware. She would make a total of four round trip crossings of the Atlantic, more than any other documented ship of the American colonial era. Arrival and departure times as well as on board tour schedules subject to tides and weather conditions. Tours will be offered from the docks of Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Open to the public for tours:
Tuesday, 29 July, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
July 29. Mystic Tall Ship Tours
Open to the public for tours:
Tuesday, 29 July, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The ship will be docked at Mass Maritime.
For more details click here.
July 29. Official 100th Anniversary Commemoration & Canaliversary event featuring the Cape Cod Youth Festival Orchestra
1pm-4pm. Buzzards Bay Park. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 100th anniversary commemoration of the construction of the Cape Cod Canal. Ceremony will celebrate the men and women who helped construct the canal and bridges.
4pm-9pm Following the commemoration will be a full day festival leading up to the fireworks including fantastic bands, cape cod artisans, antique cars, lawn games, strolling entertainers and more.View PDF for the Canaliversary
July 29. Tug Boat Parade
Visit anywhere along the banks of the canal to relax and watch the parade of Tug Boats go by. Starts at 4PM.
July 29. 4-9PM Entertainment for the Whole Family
Stop by Buzzards Bay Park on Main Street in Bourne to enjoy entertainment for the while family. Music, kids activities and more…
July 29. Centennial Fireworks display over the Railroad bridge in Bourne.If you can see the top of the railroad bridge from where you are you will see both the pyrotechnic display that will come off the bridge and the ones on the barges in Buzzards Bay.
A huge and spectacular display of fireworks will be set off of barges in Buzzards Bay. They will be able to be seen for miles around Bourne, Wareham and the Onset Bay area of the canal.
July 31. Sagamore Cemetery Tour
Local guides Jerry and Beth Ellis offer the public their second and last tour of the Sagamore Cemetery on Thursday, July 31st at 10 a.m. (Rain date: Friday, August 1st 10 a.m.) Hear stories of characters from Bourne’s history. get the truth about two cemeteries moved here to accommodate construction of the Cape Cod Canal. Look for ghosts. Please use Ben Abbey Rd. entrance. FREE! Contact 508-888-0633 for more details.
August 2 & 3. Water Street Wing Fling
Hot air balloons, kids zone, kayaks on Shawme Pond, old classic car show, horse & buggy rides, food garden, music, juried craft show AND A SPECIAL SURPRISE: 3D Projection Mapping! Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th
August 3. 15th Annual Kids off the Dock Fishing Tournament.
Sponsored by Kingman Marine. At the Kingman Yacht Center Docks. It’s all about fun – and it’s open to children 16 and under. The rules are as simple as could be: The biggest fish caught off the Kingdom docks win, and we’re awarding $225 in cash prizes! There is no per-registration or entry fee. Just bring your catch to the dock house to weigh in between 10:00am – 1:00pm.


What’s Happening All Week Long

Discover Marine Animals at the National Marine Life Center

Celebrate the marine wildlife of the Cape Cod Canal! Learn about whales, dolphins, seals, sea turtles, fish, birds, and more! For a full schedule of education programs, visit the National Marine Life Center website. Located at 120 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA.

HyLine Cruises

Narrated Cruises of the Canal The Meeting of These Waters: An Exhibition featuring the Nina Heald Webber Cape Cod Canal Collection and Model Ships from the USS Constitution Model Shipwright Guild.  An exhibit hosted by Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the American Bureau of Shipping Information Commons from April 26th through December 2014. Come walk through our over 80 feet long timeline of the evolution of the canal, and view model ships and artifacts representing the different stages of the Canal’s life.




August 2014

August 16 & 17. Thornton Burgess Weekend. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th

August 22. Mermaid Ball. Calling all mermaids, pirates, and sea creatures! Put your dancin’ shoes on and celebrate the National Marine Life Center! Featuring music by T R A X of Plymouth, fine dining, live and silent auction, and more! Located at Waverly Oaks Golf Club, 444 Long Pond Road, Plymouth, MA, 02360.

September 2014

September 13. Grand Parade – Parades are pretty special in Sandwich, but this one will be the grandest of them all featuring many bands, floats, organizations, teams, companies, and more. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th

September 13. Friends of Scusset Beach 5 K run/walk. 9 AM along east end of the canal to help raise money for the playground.

September 19-21. 45th Annual Scallop Fest.

September 24. Talk of the Town Speakers Series – “Daring Sea Rescues Along the New England Coast” with Michael Tougias, author & lecturer –Glass Museum Auditorium. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th


October 2014

October 11-12. Cranberry Harvest Celebration

October 29. Talk of the Town Speakers Series – “Thornton Burgess” as portrayed by actor David B. Hobbs –Glass Museum Auditorium. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th

November 2014

November 19. Talk of the Town Speakers Series – “An Overview of American Folk Art” with Beth Friend, art historian –Glass Museum Auditorium. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th


December 2014

December 31. First Night Sandwich. Sponsored by the Sandwich 375th

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