The Tall Ships Challenge sailing festival will showcase more than a dozen awesome ships. (Photo courtesy Tall Ships)
**UPDATE: The fireworks display over the Delaware River scheduled for Saturday night has been postponed to Sunday, June 28.**
Philadelphia, get ready to hit the waterfront.
This weekend, the much-anticipated Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015 festival arrives on both shores of the Delaware River from Thursday, June 25 through Sunday, June 28.
The Tall Ships Festival is an annual event, which drifts in a three year cycle between the waters of the Great Lakes, the Pacific and the Atlantic coasts of North America. More than a dozen ships will visit our coast for four days this weekend when this traveling festival of sea craft pulls into port right here in Philadelphia and in Camden.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to navigate their way to the Delaware to catch a glimpse, step aboard and even set sail on the massive ships, which will all dock at Penn’s Landing and the Camden Waterfront.
Here, we offer up an overview of the Tall Ships Festival and key information for tickets and more.
For a complete rundown and answers to tons of frequently asked questions, check out Visitphilly.com for Everything You Need To Know About The Philadelphia-Camden Tall Ships Festival 2015.
• The Layout
With the fleet of tall ships sailing and docking on the Delaware River, event-goers can access the Tall Ships Festival on both the Philadelphia waterfront at Penn’s Landing and the Camden waterfront.
The Tall Ships Festival runs for four days, from Thursday, June 25 through Sunday, June 28, with festival hours varying throughout the weekend.
Note that all festival access in Philadelphia and Camden is ticketed, but (of course) it will be possible to see the towering ships from elsewhere on the waterfronts, including Spruce Street Harbor Park and RiverRink Summerfest.
• The Parade of Sail
The Parade of Sail will begin on the opening day of the festival, Thursday, June 25, at about 1 or 2 p.m. as each ship arrives at the Philadelphia and Camden waterfronts. And the Parade of Sail is an all-day affair — expect the ships to continue to arrive on the river until about 4 or 5 p.m.
Each ship’s arrival time is subject to change. Be sure to follow @TallShipsPC on Twitter for up-to-date information throughout the festival.
Note, too, that the on-board tours of the ships begin once ships are in port at 5 p.m. and the festival wraps up on Thursday at 7 p.m.
During the Parade of Sail, the fleet will sail into its ports on the Delaware River for the Tall Ships festival. (Photo courtesy Tall Ships Philadelphia Camden 2015)
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