Annual Flag Day Celebration
PLUS - grand-opening of the new exhibits at the Portland Observatory!
Admission is free all day for everyone and the tower is open until 7 pm!
In honor of Flag Day, June 14, 2019 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. This year is extra special because we are celebrating the new exhibits displayed in the tower. Not only is the information updated new stories are told and pictures revealed.
10 am Welcome—Hilary Bassett, Executive Director, Greater Portland Landmarks. Raising of flags.
1 pm – 6 pm David Peloquin, a folk musician specializing in songs and chanteys of the American sailor will be performing in the Observatory.
3 pm – 5pm Guided Munjoy Hill Architectural Scavenger Hunt. Self-guided scavenger hunts available throughout the day.
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 19th year that Greater Portland Landmarks has helped Portland celebrate Flag Day with ceremonies and activities at the Portland Observatory.
Greater Portland Landmarks manages the Portland Observatory, the last remaining maritime signal tower in the United States. Built in 1807 by Captain Lemuel Moody, the 86-foot-tall tower, with its panoramic views, enabled Captain Moody to alert merchants and ship owners that a ship was soon to arrive. The City of Portland has owned the Observatory since 1937.
Volunteers will be stationed on each floor to answer visitors’ questions.Children’s activities, crafts, and scavenger hunts will be available throughout the day. Dave Peloquin will be performing rousing sea shanties in the afternoon!