Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Not Your Traditional Picnic

A summer sunset paired with an evening of live music, good eats, rich history and stunning views. Inspired by the U.S. Navy tradition, “Steel Beach Picnic,” the Battleship Missouri Memorial welcomes its 3rd annual Picnic on the Pier series.

During the months of June, July and August, the community is invited to bring blankets, beach chairs, food and drinks to enjoy a picnic style event with their family and friends at the Mighty Mo. The ship’s main deck and the Surrender Deck are open for touring complemented with our knowledgeable tour guides who are stationed throughout the ship to share her stories. The Missouri’s Education team hosts fun activities for the kids to enjoy. Delicious dishes, beer and wine by Gordon Biersch are also available for purchase at the event.

Traditionally, Steel Beach Picnics were held on the ship’s flight deck, hence the name ‘Steel Beach.’ Grills were fired up to cook hot dogs, hamburgers and baked beans and Sailors partook in sporting games for friendly competition. These picnics were a time for crew members to take a break from their daily operations, to relax and to have some fun while underway. The tradition also raised and maintained the Sailors morale.
The Mighty Mo kicked off its first Picnic on the Pier of 2016 on Friday, June 3- also National Donut Day! To celebrate the sweet holiday, the Battleship Missouri partnered with Salvation Army Hawaii who handed out free Krispy Kreme donuts in exchange for a canned good, which helped to provide assistance to families and seniors in need throughout Hawaii.
Historically, the Salvation Army established a mission to provide for the needs of U.S. soldiers fighting in France. Near the end of WWI, Salvation Army volunteers cleverly thought to fry donuts in soldier’s helmets, despite their limited ingredients and facilities. The sweet treats, along with the warm hearts and glowing smiles of those who served them, brought a bit of comfort to American soldiers who were serving our country.
That evening’s entertainment was provided by local artists, Melaniie and Evan.
The most anticipated and patriotic picnic of the summer series is held on the 4th of July. In addition to all the festivities, guests have the opportunity to view Pearl Harbor’s most spectacular fireworks show on the pier and ship of America’s last battleship. Last year, she welcomed over 1,200 event goers.

Duo artists, Jeremy Cheng and Alex Oasay are shceduled provide great music for all guests to enjoy. The event begins at 6:00PM and the fireworks show is scheduled to start at 9:05PM. The final picnic of the summer will be held on Friday, August 12 from 5:30 to 8:00PM. Entertainment will be provided by Randy Allen.

For more information and to pre-purchase your tickets, please visit our website at www.ussmissouri.org/picnic. You can also follow the Battleship Missouri on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest event updates.