Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

Independence Day cruise

The USS Constitution Museum and Boston Harbor Cruises will host a star-spangled celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 4, leaving from Long Wharf at 10:30 a.m. and Charlestown Navy Yard at 10:45 a.m.

Visitors will see America’s Ship of State in all her glory as she makes her annual Fourth of July underway cruise in Boston Harbor – the first Independence Day cruise since returning to the water from her three-year restoration. People can enjoy first-class views as they cruise alongside the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, see the ship fire a 21-gun salute at Castle Island, hear tales of her victories from USS Constitution Museum historians and educators and dine on board with a menu designed by Boston chef Barbara Lynch.

Tickets are $99 and can be purchased through Boston Harbor Cruises’ website. Members of the USS Constitution Museum will receive $10 off. BHC will donate a portion of all ticket sales to support the educational programs of the USS Constitution Museum.

For more details, visit www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org.

July Fourth activities

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 12, Charlestown Navy Yard, is hosting special Independence Day activities from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. now through Wednesday, July 4.

Hands-on exhibits and programs will introduce explorers of every age to the work required to build and keep “Old Ironsides” sail ready; from the live oak in her hull to the caulking that keeps her afloat. Kids can test their design skills from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. by using household items to build strong and fast ships.

All ages are welcome, and admission is by donation.

Call 617-426-1812 or visit www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org for more information.

Concerts on the lawn

The Boston National Historic Park and Summer on the Waterfront will host “Swinging Summer Nights: Berklee Concerts on the Navy Yard” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on July 5 and 12 at the Commandant’s House lawn, Charlestown Navy Yard.

On July 5, Brazilian singer Mirella Costa will sing classics of her country’s music along with her own contemporary arrangements.

The following week will showcase Beya, an up-and-coming pop/rock and R&B band created by five students at Berklee College of Music.

Food will be available for purchase. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome. Admission is free.

For more information, visit www.berklee.edu.

Twilight tour

The Boston National Historical Parks will host a free twilight tour of Bunker Hill from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 6, meeting in front of the flagpole on Pier 1 Charlestown Navy Yard.

A park ranger will lead a guided walk in the footsteps of British soldiers along the battlefield of the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill. The tour will conclude with a special sunset climb to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument.

Admission is free. Visit www.go.nps.gov/boston or call 617-242-5642 for further details.

New Orleans jazz

The Friends of City Square Park and the Charlestown Cooperative Bank will host a free summer concert from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 at City Square Park, Market Square.

Popular Boston band the Dirty Water Brass Band will return to the park to play New Orleans-style music and crowd favorites. There will also be lawn games, bubbles, snow cones and other surprises.

Blankets, low beach chairs and picnics are welcome. Admission is free.

Visit www.citysquarepark.org for more information.

Splash and dance

A free splash and dance party will be held at the John Doherty Playground, 15 St. Martin St., at noon on Thursday, July 12.

Kids can cool off in the spray features, try some tasty ice cream and listen to music from Mix 104.1 while dancing in the park and playing games.

Visit www.cityofboston.gov or call 617-635-4505 for more details.

Craft workshops

Free artists-in-residence craft workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 12, 19 and 26 at the John Doherty Playground, 15 St. Martin St.

Children, ages 3 to 10, can make masks, jewelry, paintings and treasure bottles. Materials will be provided. Local artists will host the sessions.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of eight or more must register in advance.

Further information can be found at www.cityofboston.gov or 617-635-4505.

Navy Yard in the Civil War

The Boston National Historical Parks will host a free tour focusing on the Navy Yard in the Civil War from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 13. Participants will meet in front of the flagpole on Pier 1 Charlestown Navy Yard.

A park ranger will lead a guided walking tour and discuss the contributions made by the Boston Navy Yard Charlestown to help defeat the South during the Civil War. The tour will conclude with a special visit to the Commandant’s House.

Admission is free. Visit www.go.nps.gov/boston or call 617-242-5642 for further details.

Public art exhibit

Massachusetts’ sculptor Dale Rogers’ whimsical art exhibit, “The Big Dog Show,” consisting of 20 eight-foot high steel sculptures, is on display now until Sept. 10 in Shipyard Park.

The big dog sculptures are installed throughout the Navy Yard in Shipyard Park, Boston National Historical Park, and along the Harbor Walk. Families can run, bike or boat to the Charlestown Navy Yard for a sculpture stroll along the two-mile route.

The Navy Yard Garden Association, the Boston Planning and Development Agency, Boston National Historical Park and the National Park Service are sponsoring this exhibit.

For more details, email info@navyyardgarden.org.

Bunker Hill history

Boston National Historical Parks is leading free “Decisive Day” guided tours every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during July at Bunker Hill Monument.

Two months after the battles at Lexington and Concord, a battle raged on the Charlestown peninsula. Visitors will discover why this battle, a victory for the British and a loss for the colonists, was an important step in the colonists’ fight to drive the British army out of Boston.

For more information, call the visitors’ center at 617-242-5601 or go online to www.nps.gov/boston.

Mutinous expedition

The USS Constitution Museum, Building 22, Charlestown Navy Yard, is offering a new program, “Mutinous Expedition: A Quest Based on Honest Truth,” now through Aug. 31.

Children can relive the story of Jack Tarr, an ordinary seaman aboard USS Constitution, and his struggle to decide whether to join a mutinous crew or stay loyal to Captain Bainbridge. They can explore the galleries to find hidden clues to help inform their decision.

Quest kits are available in the museum lobby.

Further information can be found at www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org or by calling 617-426-1812.

‘Old Ironsides’ summer hours

USS Constitution and its crew are on their summer hours of operation. The Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, will be open to the general public, free of charge on Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The ship is also open on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Each tour, self-paced, takes visitors through the ship’s top two decks. Every 30 minutes, one of the active duty sailors who are stationed onboard “Old Ironsides,” will give a verbal reenactment of her storied past and answer questions about both the history of the Navy and present day Navy.

To board USS Constitution, all visitors, people ages 18 and older, must show a valid state or federal-issued photo I.D. or passport.

After the tour, visitors are encouraged to explore the USS Constitution Museum, located adjacent to Dry Dock 1, for more opportunities to interact with Constitution sailors, learn more of the ship’s history and experience several new restoration-themed exhibits. Entrance is free; donations are encouraged.

For more news and information, visit www.navy.mil/local/constitution or call 617-242-7511.

Marine museum

The Boston Marine Society at Building No. 32, Charlestown Navy Yard, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

The society hosts a large collection of art and artifacts depicting maritime history and life on the sea, as well as a research library, detailing the history of sailing and marine commerce and the history of one of the oldest and most important ports in the country.

Its website includes selected objects from its collection and the history of the organization. Visit www.bostonmarinesociety.org or call 617-242-0522 for more information.

Diorama display

The Bunker Hill Monument Museum, 45 Monument Square, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located on the Freedom Trail, the museum displays the history of the construction of the Bunker Hill Monument as well as a diorama of the historic battle. A cyclorama shows a 360-degree view of the battlefield.

The Charlestown Historical Society keeps its archives in this building, which once served as the neighborhood’s public library.