Lottery to Ride on USS Constitution for July 4th Festivities Opens March 1

The USS Constitution

USS Constitution will officially open its 2012 lottery program to the public from the ship’s berth in Charlestown on March 1.

The lottery drawing selects 150 winners to ride Constitution for her annual July 4thturnaround cruise.

“It is always great to show Constitution to the public, but especially during a turnaround cruise and the  lottery allows us to do that in a fair manner,” said Cmdr. Matt Bonner, Constitution’s 72ndcommanding officer. “And this year’s cruise has the added bonus of the Coast Guard Barque Eagle joining us and the Blue Angels flying over both ships – I cannot think of a better way to celebrate Independence Day.”

After the drawing, winners will receive a ticket signifying their selection and eligibility to embark. Tickets are non-transferrable to other individuals with no exceptions. Winners will also be allowed to bring one guest, and all winners and guests must be in good health and be between the ages of eight and seventy.

Entries can be made by completing the entry form and returning it by e-mail or mail. The lottery will close April 27, and the drawing will be held April 30.

“I think this is a great opportunity for the public to be a part of this ship’s great history,” said Logistics Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Johnny Janica, Constitution. The July 4th turnaround cruise celebrates the nation’s birthday with a salute to the nation by Constitution firing a 21-gun salute exchange with Fort Independence. To enter the lottery or for more information on the lottery program, visit