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Navy Pier will once again join forces to mark “Maritime Day” and the beginning of Chicago’s boating season with the annual maritime tradition: “The Blessing of the Fleet” on May 19, 2023 from 3PM-4PM.
The “Blessing of the Fleet” is a centuries old observance that officially opens the boating season. This year about a dozen boats will gather for the traditional blessing, including law enforcement boats, United States Coast Guard Ships, and vessels representing Chicago’s popular tour boat community.