US Coast Guard 225th Anniversary
Celebration in New York City - August 4, 2015
Coast Guard Festival
NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS ALREADY OCCURRED - SEE THE OFFICIAL RECAP PAGE.
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
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
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.
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
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
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:
- Alexander Hamilton: "Superintendent" of Lighthouses - Hamilton's work in developing the US Lighthouse Establishment and building the first federal lighthouses
- Honoring USCG Cutter Alexander Hamilton WPG-34 - Exploration of Hamilton's role in the Coast Guard and recent efforts to honor the Cutter Alexander Hamilton WPG-34 that was sunk during WWII
The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society
Visit our official website at The-AHA-Society.com to learn more about events, presentations, and other initiatives.
Explore Alexander Hamilton's life and times further on AllThingsHamilton.com
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.