The United States of America is celebrating its Bicentennial of the War of 1812. New Orleans is, of course, the best place to kick off the US commemoration of the famous battle. On April 24th, nine ships and more than 2,000 sailors, Marines, and Coast Guard men and women will be coming to New Orleans via the Mississippi River. It will certainly be a majestic site to see! The event will be kicked off with a Navy Week, with many different cultural and military events for the viewing.
The Bicentennial celebrates the battle that fought to secure the Louisiana Purchase territory and protect it against British troops. Led by Andrew Jackson, the battle on land and the US Navy by sea, American forces and a large number of untrained volunteers defeated the British soldiers at Chalmette in 1815. The US celebrates this event in honor of those who served their country and to the men and women who serve in the US Navy and military forces today.
The ships will port in New Orleans until the following Sunday. The public is welcome to tour these ships while they’re in town. There will also be a U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels air-show over Lake Ponchatrain. Like all good New Orleans celebrations, there will be a seafood cook off with local celebrity chefs matched against military chefs! You can check out some of the foodstuffs and fantastic recipes that may be on display here.
The very same ships will be making their way up the coast and visiting Norfolk, Baltimore, New York, New London, and Boston. After the tour, they will return to New Orleans to celebrate the official anniversary of the battle. There will also be other celebrations in the Great Lakes. Commemoration events in the Great Lakes will also take place in Milwaukee, Chicago, Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio, Detroit, and Buffalo.