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National Maritime Day

Friday, May 17, 2024


Each year on May 22 our country celebrates National Maritime Day.

The United States has always been and will always be a great maritime nation. From our origins as 13 British colonies, through every period of peace and conflict since, the Merchant Marine has been a pillar in this country’s foundation of prosperity and security. They power the world’s largest economy and strengthen our ties with trading partners around the world, all while supporting our military forces by shipping troops and supplies wherever they need to go.

Ninety-one years ago, Congress declared National Maritime Day to commemorate the American steamship Savannah’s voyage from the United States to England, marking the first successful crossing of the Atlantic Ocean with steam propulsion. During World War II more than 250,000 members of the American Merchant Marine served their country, with more than 6,700 giving their lives, hundreds being detained as prisoners of war and more than 800 U.S. merchant ships being sunk or damaged.

Maritime Day is a time-honored tradition that recognizes one of our country’s most important industries. Each year, ceremonies and celebrations throughout the country recognize National Maritime Day and the people our maritime nation depends on.


2024 MARAD National Maritime Day

“Navigating the Future! Safety First"

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

U.S. Department of Transportation West Atrium  

10:00 am-11:30 am

Join us Virtually at National Maritime Day 2024 (

Other National Maritime Day Events

National Maritime Day will be observed in the Port of Baltimore on Sunday, May 19, with open houses on the historic Liberty Ship John W. Brown and Nuclear Ship Savannah.  The Baltimore Port Alliance observance ceremony will be conducted onboard Savannah beginning at 1130am.  Guided tours of Savannah’s Reactor Compartment and Engine Room will be offered, alongside the self-guided tour of the rest of the ship.

Where: Pier 13 Canton Marine Terminal, 4601 Newgate Ave, Baltimore, MD

When:  Sunday, May 19, 2024.  Ships open at 10am; last boarding at 3pm; ships close at 4pm.

Parking:   Remote lot off Keith Ave or Broening Highway with shuttle service to the pier.  Follow posted signs or get directions at the pier.