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Lewes Maritime Day and Overfalls Opening Ceremony

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join us on Saturday May 18th between 10 am and 2 pm for a celebration of Lewes’ maritime history!  Free and open to the public, there will be an opening ceremony at 10 am to recognize Merchant Mariners who have served our country and to celebrate the reopening of the Lightship Overfalls (LV-118).  Come stroll the vendor exhibits, boat tours and demonstrations throughout the day.  Exhibits and the ship will be open for free visits and tours starting at 11 am.  Some boating and sailing excursions will be offered for a fee, including the AJ Meerwald sailing on Sunday.  Click here for complete details on the day or download the program below.

Event Schedule 

8:45                      Early Cruise! “History Happens Here” with Lewes Historical Society and Cape Water Taxi                                                             (Book Cruise Here)

10:00                    Opening Ceremony 

10:00-4:00           New Exhibit – “The Wireless: Lewes and the Dawn of the Electronic Age, 1906” at the                                                                  Cannonball House

10:45-2:00            Exhibits, Tours, Food Truck and Boat Rides open.

11:00-3:00            Schooner A.J. Meerwald – Walk Aboard Public Tours

12:00                     DRBA Liferaft Demonstration 

5:00                     “Lewes, A Light in the Dark:  Over 340 Years of Helping Mariners in Distress” at the                                                                     Lewes Public Library

Sunday, 10:00       Schooner A.J. Meerwald – Schooner Sailing (Book Cruise Here)

Delaware Daily State News Article, May 14

2024 Opening Day Printable Program (recommended to print double sided)

2024 Maritime Day Sponsor & Exhibitor Poster


May 18
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Canalfront Park
219 Pilottown Road
Lewes, Delaware 19958 United States
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