Portsmouth celebrating Coast Guard’s birthday with events Friday and Saturday

5th Coast Guard District NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. – Events commemorating the Coast Guard’s 221st birthday continue Friday and Saturday in downtown Portsmouth.

The City of Portsmouth was designated an official “Coast Guard City” in November 2009. As a Coast Guard City, Portsmouth began its celebration of the service’s birthday Thursday.

Friday’s events will include the exhibit “Coast Guard Art & Aviation,” which will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Skipjack Nautical Wares & Marine Gallery, located at 1 High Street. This exhibit is free and open to the public. Also on Friday is a free concert featuring Robbin Thompson from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Courthouse Galleries Courtyard, located at 420 Court Street.

Saturday’s events begin at 7:30 a.m. with the Coast Guard City Century Bike Tour, which will begin at the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, located at 206 High Street. The tour is free and open to the public. Alternatively, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Coast Guard City Portsmouth Street Festival will take place in and around downtown. It will feature tours of Coast Guard assets, fire and police department static displays, and rides and activities for all ages. At the same time, the exhibit “100 Years of Flying & More” will be located at the Children’s Museum of Virginia in its Orientation Room. This exhibit is free and open to public, who should enter via the museum’s side entrance.

Portsmouth’s Coast Guard City Celebration concludes Saturday with a ceremony from 5 to 6 p.m. at High Street Landing.

For additional information, visit www.CoastGuardCityPortsmouth.com.

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