Here are the latest Charlestown - Navy Yard neighborhood notes:

‘Touch a Truck Day’

The 11th annual “Touch A Truck Day” will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 3 in the Bunker Hill Community College parking lot No. 1.

This community program, sponsored by the Charlestown Mothers Association, will feature more than 25 vehicles for kids to touch, climb on and learn about, including fire trucks, dump trucks, cement mixers, police cruisers, ice cream trucks, ambulances, city buses and duck tour amphibians. There will also be refreshments, kids’ tattoos, giveaways and prizes. Admission is free.

For further details, visit

Splash into summer

The Charlestown YMCA will host “Splash into Summer” from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at Courageous Sailing, Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard.

This fun evening of mixing and mingling will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets for beer or wine, included in the cost of the ticket. There will also be live music, games and a silent auction.

A full cash bar, including signature cocktails, will also be available. Tickets are $75 in advance or $90 at the door.

All proceeds will benefit the Charlestown YMCA annual fund that underwrites many of the Y programs and services that families in need use every day. A portion of the ticket is tax-deductible.

Visit or call 617-286-1220 to purchase tickets and for further information.

‘Old Ironsides’ turnaround

The USS Constitution will resume her turnaround cruises after a three-year hiatus for restoration. “Old Ironsides” will pass Castle Island and fire a 21-gun salute at noon on Friday, June 8.

The USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world and naval officers and crew still serve aboard her. There is a Boston-area myth that says that in order for Constitution to remain a commissioned vessel in the U.S. Navy, she must get underway in Boston Harbor at least once every year.

Call 617-426-1812 for more details.

Charlestown open market

The 12th annual Charlestown open market will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 at Main Street at the Bunker Hill Mall.

The market will showcase local artisans, artists, businesses and community organizations. Retailers and home-based business owners will highlight their products and services and residents and visitors can meet their neighbors, shop for unique and original items and learn about the various community groups in Charlestown. The day also includes performances by local musicians and actors, and prize giveaways.

Tables are $50 or $10 for non-profits. For more information, or to participate as a vendor, visit or call 617-314-3664.

WWII harbor cruise

A World War II cruise of Boston Harbor will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, departing from Pier 1 in Charlestown Navy Yard.

In commemoration of 76 years since the U.S. involvement in WWII, the cruise will step back in time and look at the crucial roles Boston Harbor played throughout the war years. This two and a half hour cruise through Boston Harbor will highlight the Charlestown Navy Yard, the Harbor Islands and the intricate part the citizens of Boston played in the defense of Boston during these tenuous years.

The cruise will cover: Charlestown Navy Yard, the South Boston Annex, Army Base, Castle Island, Shipping Lanes, Long Island, Deer Island, the layout of military netting and underwater mines, Gallops Island, Georges Island and Peddocks Island.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for children and can be reserved at Visit for further details.

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 June 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

Cooks of St. John

The many wonderful cooks of St. John’s Episcopal Church have created a cookbook filled with 85 pages of imaginative and delicious recipes, everything from haute cuisine to play dough. It will make a special present for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, showers, weddings, birthdays and graduations.

“The Cooks of St. John: A Slice of Parish Life” sells for $15. It is available for sale on Sundays between 11 a.m. and noon at the church rectory, 27 Devens St., or it can be ordered from the church by calling 617-242-1272.

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 or by calling 617-426-1812.

‘Old Ironsides’ summer hours

USS Constitution and its crew are on their summer hours of operation. 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, 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 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 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.