The United States Navy Memorial

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Annual Blessing of the Fleet Ceremony


Please join the Navy Memorial in honoring a longstanding maritime tradition.

​Saturday, 14 April 2018
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
​U.S. Navy Memorial Plaza
Free & open to the public

Don’t miss the Navy Memorial’s annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, a centuries-old tradition that protects Sailors from the dangers of the sea.

It begins shortly after the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington, D.C., making for an unforgettable springtime celebration.

This tradition dates back to ancient times and is meant to safeguard ships and their crew members after an offering is made at the water’s edge. Each year, starting in 1987 when it was dedicated, the Navy Memorial blesses the water in its outdoor fountains with water from the Seven Seas and the Great Lakes. 

This annual blessing recharges the water, bringing the fountains back to life in time for the spring season.

The ceremony will include performances from the U.S. Navy Band and Ceremonial Guard.

Navy culinary specialists from the White House Mess will prepare and serve Navy bean soup to visitors after it has concluded.  Guests are also invited to enjoy a free concert of traditional maritime music by the Washington Revels’ Maritime Voices.

Stay tuned for additional information on our special keynote speaker.

To learn more about this event, contact Robert Parker at or 202-380-0723.