Cape Cod Canal Centennial coming next year

Celebration plans now underway for the Cape Cod Canal Centennial in 2014
Steam shovels working in Bourne. Courtesy of US Army Corps of Engineers.

The Cape Cod Canal is getting ready for a big celebration. In 2014, the canal that is an important part of life in Cape Cod, will be celebrating its 100th anniversary of service with food, festival and plenty of family fun. A new website has been launched at to provide complete up to date information about the celebration.

“We are already planning for the big celebration in July 2014,” said Rear Admiral Rick Gurnon, chair of the organizing committee. “This is going to be a great celebration honoring the canal and the important contributions it has made to life in Cape Cod.”

For nearly 100 years, the Cape Cod Canal has been an important part of Massachusetts living. More than 20,000 ships pass through the canal every year and more than three million people from all over the area visit the canal for recreational fun including biking, hiking and fishing.

It is also an important part of naval engineering history.

“It is the widest sea-level canal without locks in the world,” Rear Admiral Gurnon said. “The canal is a true feat of 20th century engineering.”

Among the many events highlighting the celebration will be the sailing of historic tall ships; exciting tug boat races; traditional New England food and of course plenty of family fun. There will be scenic train rides that travel over the canal on the nation's second largest vertical lift bridge.

“We are planning a parade of lights; the sailing of the tall ship Morgan and even a fun road race and walk that will be limited to the first 300 people,” Rear Admiral Gurnon said. “There are plenty of opportunities for sponsors to be part of this event. Business Sponsors are part and parcel of this spectacular event and we’re confident they will see the value in coming aboard to share in the celebration.”

He is also recommending that travelers and volunteers save the date on their calendar now for what is guaranteed to be one of the best Cape Cod events ever.

“We are going to have a great time at the Cape Cod Canal Centennial,” Rear Admiral Gurnon said. “You definitely don’t want to miss this great celebration.”

For more information about the Cape Cod Canal Centennial, including currently available sponsorship opportunities, please check out the event website at

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