U.S.S. Constitution to honor July 4 with 21-gun salute

Ship is still in dry dock, undergoing restoration

(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

BOSTON (AP) — “Old Ironsides” will be celebrating the Fourth of July with a boom.

The USS Constitution’s crew will fire cannons as part of a 21-gun salute at noon on Tuesday and will hold gun drills throughout the day.

Visitors will be able to climb aboard the ship for extended hours as part of its Fourth of July celebration.

Built in 1797, the world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat has been dry docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard for the last two years for restoration work.

The ship is expected to return to the water later this month.

It earned its famous nickname notching victories in the War of 1812.

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