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Flag Day!

In honor of Flag Day, June 14, the Portland Observatory, 138 Congress Street, Portland, ME will be FREE and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with tours and activities throughout the day.

The Portland Observatory (1807) is a National Historic Landmark and the last remaining maritime signal tower in the U.S.

Flag Day honors the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as our national flag by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. This is the eighteenth year that Greater Portland Landmarks has helped Portland celebrate Flag Day with ceremonies and activities at the Portland Observatory. This year marks the 210th year since the Portland Observatory's construction.

Flag raised by volunteer and Lemuel Moody descendent, John York. 

Flag raised by volunteer and Lemuel Moody descendent, John York. 

Schedule of Events:

10 am: Opening Welcome and Raising of flags, with Mayor Ethan Strimling and Landmarks Executive Director,  Hilary Bassett. 

10 am-7pm: FREE Tours of the Portland Observatory
Volunteers will be stationed on each floor to answer visitors’ questions.

11 am-2 pm: Eastern Cemetery open for "Moody" tours of the cemetery with the Mood grave site marked. Presented by Spirits Alive!

1 pm-6 pm: Dave Peloquin, a folk musician specializing in songs and chanteys of the American sailor will be performing at the Portland Observatory. 

3 pm-5 pm: Munjoy Hill Architectural Scavenger Hunt - guided during this time but available for self-guided through the day. 

Special Exhibits

First Floor: The 19th century Dollond Telescope will be on display

Fifth Floor: Display of artifacts relating to the Civilian Aircraft Warning Service (AWS) that operated during WWII as a way to keep watch for enemy planes entering American airspace. The Observatory was used for this purpose war.