Mystic Seaport Celebrates Memorial Day Weekend with Salute to Summer

Museum Kicks off Season with Family Activities, Decoration Day Observance

Mystic, CT – Mystic Seaport will kick off the start of the summer season over Memorial Day weekend with Salute to Summer, a celebration of the best New England has to offer when the weather turns warm.
The event runs Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28 and includes historic games and activities, boat rides, planetarium shows, and toy boat building. The weekend concludes Monday, May 29 with the Museum’s traditional Decoration Day observance.
The Museum’s historic interpretation staff has lined up a series of 19th-century activities for the entire family, where they can take part in vintage lawn games, run relay races, and try walking on stilts.  People can even take a turn at the oars of a whaleboat.
Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy the water as the Museum’s boat rental dock will be open, where they can rent a rowboat or small sailboat to explore the Mystic River. In addition, a motor launch and the sailboat Breck Marshall will be operating a regular schedule of brief cruises.
On Monday, the Museum will hold its annual Decoration Day ceremony. Known today as Memorial Day, Decoration Day was formally instituted by the U.S. Government in 1868 as a day of national remembrance of those killed during the Civil War. Costumed role-players will reenact an 1876 tribute and procession to honor the fallen in the Civil War beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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About Mystic Seaport
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929, the Museum is home to four National Historic Landmark vessels, including the Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship and the last wooden whaleship in the world. The Museum’s collection of more than two million artifacts includes more than 500 historic vessels and one of the largest collections of maritime photography in the country. The newly opened Thompson Exhibition Building provides a state-of-the-art gallery to host compelling, world-class exhibitions, beginning with the current show SeaChange. The Collections Research Center at Mystic Seaport provides scholars and researchers from around the world access to the Museum’s renowned archives. Mystic Seaport is located one mile south of Exit 90 off I-95 in Mystic, CT. Admission is $28.95 for adults ages 15 and older and $18.95 for children ages 4-14. Museum members and children three and younger are admitted free. For more information, please visit  and follow Mystic Seaport on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.