US Coast Guard 225th Anniversary

Celebration in New York City - August 4, 2015

Coast Guard Festival


Believing the coasts of the fledgling United States needed protection from pirates, smuggling, and foreign intrusions, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton recommended the creation of a "system of cutters." In response, the US Congress passed the legislation forming the Revenue-Marine, the forerunner to the US Coast Guard.

The Tariff Act was officially signed into law by President George Washington at Federal Hall in New York City on August 4, 1790. Alexander Hamilton oversaw its implementation. Today, the Coast Guard is one of the five US armed forces, with a rich history of life-saving missions, guarding US coasts, and providing support during war time.

This August 4th is the 225th anniversary of the creation of the US Coast Guard. To commemorate the occasion, a Coast Guard festival will be held July 31 - August 4th in Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York City. Join the AHA Society, the US Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the National Park Service for events honoring this special anniversary.

Visiting the US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle

Friday, July 31st, 2pm to Sunday, Aug. 2nd, 7pm

334 Furman Street


The Cutter Eagle will be docked in New York from July 31st - August 2nd and open for free public visitation.

Hours of visitation:

Friday, July 31st: 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday, August 1st: 10:00 am - 5 pm
Sunday, August 2nd: 10:00 am - 7 pm

The Eagle is a three-masted sailing vessel - the only active commissioned sailing vessel in the U.S. maritime services. This historically-significant ship is the most recent cutter to be called the Eagle, the name of one of the original ten cutters commissioned under Alexander Hamilton. The ship will be docked at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, right at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Federal Hall Festivities

Tuesday, Aug. 4th, 10:45am-2pm

26 Wall Street

New York, NY

Federal Hall is hosting a multiple-event program on the anniversary of the Coast Guard's Founding.

See the official flyer from Federal Hall.

The public is invited to several events inside Federal Hall:

The art exhibit from the Coast Guard Academy will be on display inside the Federal Hall Rotunda and open for touring throughout the day.

At 10:45 am, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Brass Quintet will be performing a short concert on the steps of Federal Hall.

This will be immediately followed at 11 am with a reenactment inside the rotunda signifying the moment that President George Washington signed the bill into law that officially created the Revenue-Marine, the forerunner to the Coast Guard.


Additional Talks:

12:30 pm: Keynote talk on the Origins of the Coast Guard

1:30 pm: “Coast Guard ‘Hamilton’ (WPG-34) Torpedoed by German U-boat” Presentation

Other 225th Anniversary Celebrations

Both the Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society and the US Coast Guard have held several events throughout the year to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Coast Guard's founding.

January 2015 - US Coast Guard Auxiliary and US Coast Guard Color Band, Sector New York, participated in the graveside remembrance event for Alexander Hamilton's birthday.


June 2015 - US Coast Guard, Sector San Juan and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary participated in the 250th anniversary celebration of Alexander Hamilton's move to Christiansted, St. Croix.


Summer 2015 - Additional events are being hosted in Connecticut, which has declared the summer of 2015 to be "Connecticut's Coast Guard Summer." The state is additionally celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Coast Guard Academy at New London.


Learn more about Alexander Hamilton and the US Coast Guard

Alexander Hamilton is recognized as the "Father of the US Coast Guard," largely for his leadership in the creation of the Revenue-Marine in 1790. The Coast Guard traces its origins back to this original institution charged with protecting US coasts and the national revenue.

Officially established in 1914, the Coast Guard was formed by an aggregation of existing institutions including the Revenue Cutter Service (Revenue-Marine), the Life-Saving Service, Lighthouse Service, and the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation.

Alexander Hamilton was the involved in the creation and development of several of these original institutions. Learn more about Hamilton and the Coast Guard from these original AHA Society articles:

The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society

The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, also known as The AHA Society, strives to enrich the public's knowledge and understanding of Alexander Hamilton and the Founding period of the United States.

Visit our official website at to learn more about events, presentations, and other initiatives.

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Upcoming AHA Society Events

September 12, 2015: Treaty of Paris Festival

The Center for the Treaty of Paris Period in Annapolis, Maryland is hosting its annual Treaty of Paris Festival this year with a special theme on Alexander Hamilton. Come attend the day-long festival to learn more about Alexander Hamilton's connections to Annapolis, particularly his role at the Annapolis Convention that was the forerunner to the Constitutional Convention. Get future updates from our official events page.

January 8-9, 2015: Happy Birthday Hamilton!

Celebrate Alexander Hamilton's birthday (January 11, 1757) with the annual Happy Birthday Hamilton! program in New York. Get future updates from our official events page.