Ongoing & Upcoming Events
Monday, May 31
Memorial Day Observance
A tradition since 1968, the
Battleship, the State's World War 11 memorial, holds a Memorial Day Observance onboard
remembering those who gave their lives in service as well as honoring veterans. The
service features the 2nd Marine Division Band, a high ranking military guest speaker,
all-service color gurad, gun salute by Marines, taps and memorial wreath into the
25 On the Home Front: A WWII Day Camp
What was it like to live in the
1940s during World War 11? Listen to wartime and swing music: learn about life
aboard the Battleship; write a V-mall letter; and shop with ration cards. This day camp is
a joint venture with the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Attendance is
limited and children must have completed grades 4 or 5.
Reservations required. $50 per person; $45 for Charlie's Shipmates, Friends of the
Battleship members, or NC Museum of History Associates.
Saturday, June 26
Battleship Luau: Liberty in Pearl Harbor
Get out that Hawaiian print shirt and be prepared to
limbo! Remember the service men and women in the South Pacific during World War 11
enjoying liberty in Pearl Harbor by experiencing the native culture of Hawaii! Come see
the Samoan Spectacular Hula Show, an exciting performance by a group of native dancers.
Enjoy a luau feast, beverages and dance to top tunes spun by a DJ. Fee.
Saturday, July 4
Battleship Blast: A Fireworks
Wilmington and New Hanover County cosponsor this
ever-popular annual event. Fireworks ignited from Battleship grounds explode high above
the Cape Fear River. Park and view from downtown Wilmington only. Free
July week of 19 or 26
The Battleship will offer a 2-day workshop to 8th
and 11th grade teachers on the Depression and World War II. Based on a workshop conducted
at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. but utilizing Wilmington resources,
including the trolley tour of WWII sites. Fee.
This fall men will once again sleep and work aboard
the Battleship. Watch in delight as World War 11 living history interpreters bring the
Ship to life. Ship visitors may watch the men going about their daily duties and drills.
The contact for the event is Associate Curator Jeff Bockert. Free with Ship admission.
Learn about daily life of sailors by
being one! Children will enjoy working with teammates to face the challenges of life
aboard ship such as climbing into a berth (bunk), going through a chow line, and
holystoning decks. Our six-foot green fuzzy friendly mascot Charlie the Alligator
overseas the fun, Organizations like the Marines, Coast Guard, and American Red Cross will
provide activities on the grounds- Reservations Required. Fee.
Veteran's Day American Red Cross Blood
In honor of Veterans and the
American Red Cross participation in World War II, the Battleship sponsors a blood drive,
If a veteran or spouse donates blood, the couple receives free admission. This offer also
applies to active military. Visitors to the Ship that give blood receive a 50% discount.
Blood Drive 9am-2pm. Please call for reservations.
1999 Countdown an the Cape Fear
WECT-TV, WGNI, and McDonald's
sponsor this ever-popular annual event. Fireworks ignited from Battleship grounds explode
high above the Cape Fear River. Park and view from downtown Wilmington only. Free.