NATIONAL MARITIME DAY
National Maritime Day is observed annually in the United States on May 22. Created to recognize the maritime industry National Maritime Day also honors America’s Merchant Marines for their contributions and sacrifices for our country. Special acknowledgment is given to ships and seafarers that have held a prominent place in our nation’s history.
As one of the oldest industries, it has time-honored traditions and a rich and full history. Celebrations and ceremonies around the country will recognize the people our maritime nation depends on. Each year the Department of Transporation holds a national ceremony in Washinton D.C. There is a national ceremony in Washington D.C. at the Department of Transportation headquarters.
HOW TO OBSERVE
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May 22 is the date that the American steamship Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia. This was the first transoceanic voyage fueled by steam. National Maritime Day was created by the United States Congress on May 20, 1933. For more information on National Maritime Day events visit www.marad.dot.gov.
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