Aberdeen - Grays Harbor's tall ships, the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, return to Grays Harbor June 25 after nearly nine months of touring California and Columbia River ports. The vessels will participate in Rusty Scupper's Pirate Daze June 26-28 at the Westport Marina in Westport, offering walk-on tours June 26, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and June 27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Three-hour Battle Sails are scheduled for June 27 and 28 at 2 p.m. A three-hour family-oriented Adventure Sail takes place June 28 at 10 a.m. For tickets, visit www.historicalseaport.org or call 800-200-5239.
The ships then transit to Aberdeen for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Lady Washington's two decades of service to the Grays Harbor community. Featuring VIP tours of the ships, food, drink, and entertainment by Northwest musicians, the event begins at 4 p.m. Monday June 29 at Aberdeen Landing, 701 E. Heron St., Aberdeen. Tickets are $50 per person. A table may be reserved for $500, which includes two tickets to the July 4 evening sailing. To reserve space for the anniversary party, call 800-200-5239 or visit www.historicalseaport.org.
On Independence Day, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain welcome visitors during the annual Aberdeen SPLASH festival, located along the Chehalis River at Morrison Riverfront Park. (The ships will remain at Aberdeen Landing.) SPLASH features free entertainment for children and adults, free inflatable rides, and performances by local and regional bands. Public tours of the ships are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A Battle Sail is scheduled for 2 p.m., and a Fireworks Sail-featuring the evening community fireworks display-takes place from 9 p.m. to midnight. The boats will also open for public tours Sunday July 5 from noon to 4 p.m. For tickets to the July 4 Battle Sail and Fireworks Sail, visit www.historicalseaport.org or call 800-200-5239.
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