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Naval Academy to Celebrate Navy's 242nd Birthday

  POSTED ON: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 12:52 PM by

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The U.S. Naval Academy will celebrate the Navy’s 242nd birthday Oct. 6– 15. (The U.S. Navy’s birthday is Oct. 13.)

The annual Navy birthday cake cutting ceremony will take place during noon meal in King Hall at the Naval Academy Friday, 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 closed to the public. Media seeking to cover this event should contact Naval Academy Public Affairs at or 410-293-2292.

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

  • Shabbat service was held Friday, Oct. 6, at 7:15 p.m. in the Levy Center’s Jewish Chapel. 
  • The Naval Academy Band will present a Navy birthday concert at the USNA Chapel on Thursday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m.
  • A Catholic Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, in the Naval Academy Chapel and a Protestant service held in the Chapel at 11 a.m.
  • Following each of the services on Oct. 15, there will be a small reception held at the Zimmerman Band Stand. In the event of inclement weather, the receptions will move to the Class of ’53 Deck in Dahlgren Hall.

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. 

For more information about the Naval Academy, visit or the Naval Academy’s Facebook page at 

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