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Naval Academy and City of Annapolis to Celebrate Navy’s 240th Birthday

  POSTED ON: Friday, October 9, 2015 3:18 PM by

#065-15     ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The U.S. Naval Academy and the City of Annapolis will celebrate Navy’s 240th birthday Oct. 9 – 13 with events throughout the weekend and Navy birthday specials throughout downtown Annapolis. (The U.S. Navy’s birthday is Oct. 13.)

The Naval Academy will host Jewish, Catholic and Protestant Navy birthday services beginning Friday evening. The following services are open to the public:

A Sabbath meal will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in the Levy Center with a Sabbath service immediately following at 7:30 p.m. in Miller Chapel.

A Catholic Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in the Naval Academy Chapel and a Protestant service held in the Chapel at 11 a.m.

The U.S. Naval Academy Band will celebrate Navy’s birthday with a performance in the Zimmerman Band Stand following 9 a.m. Mass at the Naval Academy Chapel.

The Naval Academy and the City of Annapolis will also come together for a Navy Birthday breakfast celebration at Carrol’s Creek Café at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. This event is not open to the public. Guests of honor include Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Ted Carter and Naval Academy Commandant Col. Stephen Liszewski. The event is hosted by Mayor Mike Pantelides and Annapolis Partnership President Steve Samaras.

A Navy birthday cake cutting ceremony will take place during noon meal in King Hall at the Naval Academy Tuesday, Oct. 13. This ceremony is a long-standing tradition within the Brigade of Midshipmen, with the oldest and youngest midshipmen initiating the first cut. This event is also closed to the public.

Select local businesses in Annapolis will offer Navy-themed birthday specials and military discounts during Navy Birthday week. Blue and Gold Fridays continue at a variety of businesses in Annapolis during Football season for customers sporting Navy attire. More information on Blue and Gold specials can be found at

Visitors to the Naval Academy may enter through Gate 3 (Maryland Avenue) or Gate 1 (at the intersection of King George Street and Randall Street) and will be required to show a picture ID. All bags are subject to search. Drivers without a Department of Defense I.D. are not permitted on the Naval Academy grounds; however, handicapped visitors with proper decals are permitted after a vehicle inspection. 

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