ABERDEEN, Wash. - The public is invited to celebrate the grand opening of Seaport Landing, the new tourism destination and home port maintenance facility for the tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. The inaugural "South Side Sail-A-Bration" July 3-4 2013 will feature a ribbon cutting, a grand arrival of the two tall ships, and family-oriented activities coordinated with the Aberdeen SPLASH Independence Day events. Here's the Sail-A-Bration schedule:
5 p.m., gates open
5:30 p.m., ribbon cutting, grand arrival of Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain
6 p.m., tours of Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain
Noon to 6 p.m., public tours of Seaport Landing, Lady Washington, and Hawaiian Chieftain
Noon to 6 p.m., classic car show
Noon to 6 p.m., community garage sale
Noon to 7 p.m., food prepared by Aberdeen Lions Club
Noon to close, beer garden hosted by Captains Corner
9 p.m., Fireworks Sail aboard Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain
10 p.m., Aberdeen SPLASH Fireworks
The main entrance to Seaport Landing is located at 500 N. Custer St., Aberdeen. Parking is available on site. The public is welcome to view the traditional SPLASH fireworks display from the Seaport Landing pier at no charge. Some seating is provided, though visitors should bring folding chairs and blankets. Portable toilet facilities are available. The public may also view the fireworks from the decks of Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. For sailing tickets, call 800-200-5239, or purchase online at http://www.historicalseaport.org.
Seaport Landing and Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority needs volunteers to help GHHSA prepare for and staff the event, such as guiding guests to the fireworks viewing area. To volunteer, contact Roxie Underwood, 800-200-5239, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purchased earlier this year from the Weyerhaeuser Company, Seaport Landing will be a world-class mixed-use waterfront development that will embrace and reflect the rich history and character of Grays Harbor and the Olympic Peninsula. Visitors will learn about peninsula communities, recreational areas, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, parks, and the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, as well as other points of interest. GHHSA is currently working on a master plan for development of the site.