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Join us at Mystic Seaport Museum for the Firefighter Festival

Celebrate 85th Birthday of Fireboat FIRE FIGHTER

FIRE FIGHTER Water Demonstration

Mystic, Conn. (July 25, 2023) – Mystic Seaport Museum, in partnership with Mystic Fire Department and Fireboat Fire Fighter Museum, is thrilled to announce the Firefighter Festival, a special event to honor first responders and celebrate the 85th birthday of the iconic Fireboat FIRE FIGHTER. The festival will take place on August 26 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at Mystic Seaport Museum.

The Firefighter Festival promises a day filled with exciting demonstrations, displays, and activities for the whole family. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore a variety of emergency response boats and vehicles, while learning about fire safety and prevention and first response careers. All first responders will receive free admission to the event, and a suggested donation of $10 will benefit FIRE FIGHTER.

Static displays will include police and fire boats, antique fire trucks, hand-pumpers, and more. Guests can also look forward to thrilling active demonstrations, such as a Newfoundland rescue demo and water displays by FIRE FIGHTER at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. Visiting boats will join in the water displays, creating a spectacular show for all attendees. Additionally, there will be a Breeches Buoy demo, kids’ activities, crafts, and face painting.

Confirmed partners for the event include Mystic Fire Department, East Hampton (CT) Fire Department, East Hampton (NY) Fire Department, Colchester Hayward Volunteer Fire Department, US Coast Guard, Greenport (NY) Fire Department, and Lifestar.

During the Firefighter Festival, guests will have the unique opportunity to tour the legendary Fireboat FIRE FIGHTER, meet the crew, and witness the mighty water cannons in action during the dockside water displays. Known as “America’s Fireboat,” FIRE FIGHTER has played a crucial role in protecting the United States during significant incidents throughout history. From WWII-era catastrophes to assisting in the rescue of US Airways Flight 1549 passengers, FIRE FIGHTER continues to serve as a fully operational vessel, as well as a memorial and teaching museum. Designated as a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, FIRE FIGHTER is a true testament to American firefighting history.

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary celebration to honor our first responders and Fireboat FIRE FIGHTER’s 85th birthday. Join us at Mystic Seaport Museum on August 26 for a day filled with educational and thrilling experiences. This event is free for members and included in admission for non-members. Museum admission is free to Connecticut resident children ages 18 and younger plus one accompanying adult through the CT Summer at the Museum program which runs until September 4.

For more information on this event, please visit here.


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Mystic Seaport Museum
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About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime Museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.” The Museum’s grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT, and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. For more information, please visit mysticseaport.org and follow the Museum on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.