SOURCE: Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission

Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission

June 30, 2015 10:14 ET

Celebrate American Independence at the Greenport Tall Ships Festival

HAUPPAUGE, NY--(Marketwired - Jun 30, 2015) - This year celebrate American independence at the Tall Ships Festival July 4-7 at Greenport, Long Island. The festival will feature six massive, classically-rigged vessels including a replica of L'Hermione, the French frigate used by the Marquis de Lafayette to travel to America in support of the American Revolution.

L'Hermione will be anchored and available for tours July 6 and 7. Five other tall ships will be available for tours July 4-7: the Picton Castle, the Sagras, the Lynx, the AJ Meerwald, the Kal Mar Nyckel. Advance tickets are offered but not required.

Mitchell Park at Greenport Harbor will be bustling with activity. Restaurants and vendors, live performances and family entertainment will provide plenty to do on land. There's no better place than Greenport Harbor for such an event -- it is part of a beautiful North Fork village along the peaceful Peconic Bay and right in the middle of Long Island Wine Country. 

If you love ships and maritime history, Long Island is the place to be. Long Island holds a long and colorful history tied to the sea. Explore whaling and maritime museums here and discover a rich nautical heritage. Long Island has several museums that offer visitors a glimpse of what life was like for those who made their living from the sea. And while whaling is a long-gone part of life here, several museums maintain poignant exhibits that reflect the history and practice of this industry and how it affected life in earlier times. See whaling boats, scrimshaw, whaling artifacts, ship captain's portraits, nautical memorabilia and other exhibits and artifacts.

Jutting out into the treacherous waters of the Atlantic Ocean, several lighthouses are open to the public to explore, and many more can be seen just off the coastline. Several hold fascinating displays detailing rescue operations, shipwrecks, lighthouse keepers' tales and amazing lenses used to light the way for passing ships.

Plan your visit at the official tourism website for Long Island's Suffolk County

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