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We can’t wait to meet you, catch up with old friends and shipmates, and share updates about the Museum. From local festivals, to historic USCG Commissionings, from Retiree gatherings to virtual webinars, there is something for everyone. Contact for more details! Check back often as we continue to host events and celebrate the history of the U.S. Coast Guard.


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U.S. Coast Guard Retiree Reception

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2024
Time:  6-9 p.m.
Location: 6 Bears and A Goat Brewing Company

1140 International Pkwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22406

On July 11, 2024 the National Coast Guard Museum Association is holding an event at the 6 Bears and A Goat Brewing Company in Fredericksburg, Virginia where attendees will receive updates on the Long Blue Line, learn about the National Coast Guard Museum, enjoy little fare, and share sea stories with some shipmates. 

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Annual National Coast Guard Museum Association Congressional Breakfast

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2024
Time:  8-10 a.m.
Location:  Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC

Each summer the National Coast Guard Museum Association is honored to sponsor a Congressional Breakfast to provide an in-depth update on the museum and hear from our federal delegation and Coast Guard leadership about the tremendous impact this museum will have on the service, the state, and the entire nation.

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Date: Saturday, July 13, – Sunday, July 14, 2024
Location: New London, CT

We are pleased to announce that NCGMA will be sponsoring the Pirate Invasion activity at the annual Sailfest July 13 and July 14, 2024! Join us in celebrating the 45th annual Sailfest with a weekend filled with fireworks, entrainment, vendors, rides, and so much more!


Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival

2024 Connecticut Maritime Heritage Festival

Date:  Saturday, Sep. 7 – 8, 2024
Time:  11 a.m.
Location:  Port of New London

OpSail Connecticut hosts this festival in the Port of New London annually to celebrate the sea and give visitors the opportunity to interact with those who work on, under, or with the sea.

The USCGC Eagle is used as a training ship for Coast Guard Academy cadets. The ship offers future officers the opportunity to put into practice the navigation, engineering, and professional theory learned in the classroom. Upper-class cadets exercise leadership and perform the duties normally handled by junior officers, while under-class cadets fill the positions of junior enlisted crewmembers. The experience builds character and helps future officers develop leadership and teamwork skills that prove valuable throughout their careers. A permanent crew of eight officers and 50 enlisted personnel maintain the ship year-round and provide a strong base of knowledge and seamanship for the training of up to 150 cadets or officer candidates at a time.

Homeported in Newport, Rhode Island, USCGC Ida Lewis’s area of responsibility spans from Long Island Sound to Cape Cod. Ida Lewis is responsible for a total of 374 aids to navigation (channel markers, buoys, lighthouses, etc.). In addition to cutter’s primary mission of aids to navigation, Ida Lewis also conducts search and rescue; domestic icebreaking; and ports, waterways, and coastal security operations.

Visit Heritage Festival Website for more information