Celebration to mark Battleship New Jersey’s return to Camden tomorrow is free to public

The Battleship New Jersey has hit the water again.

After 12 weeks at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in dry dock, where it was refitted and refurbished, the Battleship New Jersey, the fastest, longest and most decorated battleship in our nation’s history, is heading home to the Camden Waterfront.

The battleship left its berth in Philadelphia on June 14 and was towed to the Paulsboro Marine Terminal for ballast work.

On Thursday, she will be towed home to Camden, arriving at approximately 1:20 p.m.

There will be a party to celebrate her arrival and — best of all — the party is free.

The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is asking party attendees for a $10 donation to help offset the cost of the celebration. Anyone making this donation will receive a ticket that can be used to watch the Waterfront’s fireworks show from the deck of the battleship on either June 29 or July 3.

The party will feature hot dogs (from Dietz & Watson), sliders (from Mission Barbeque), food trucks, beverages (from Wawa) and bar service. There will be games and team mascots on hand plus music provided by B Street, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band (courtesy of Live! The Casino and Hotel Philadelphia).

The celebration will be on the battleship’s pier and promenade at 100 Clinton St. Gates will open at 11 a.m.