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Where to avoid the crowds, park for free, and have a great view of the Tall Ships Festival

GCBA Parade of Tall Ships Press Release


Press Release

June 19. 2015

Freedom Pier Best Place to View Parade of Tall Ships

The Gloucester City Business Association (GCBA) believes Freedom Pier is South Jersey’s best vantage point to view the Parade of Tall Ships on Thursday, June 25.  Freedom Pier is an awesome 2 acre facility jutting into the Delaware River where you Visitors will be able to watch 12 majestic tall ships plus the world’s largest rubber duck (6 stories high) sail by.  Best of all the vantage point and parking are free thanks to Gloucester City Mayor & Council.

The Grand Parade of Tall Ships is scheduled to begin at 1 PM on the opening day of The Philadelphia – Camden Tall Ships Festival (June 25–28) which is the largest sailing event in North America.  Ship arrival times are subject to change with information updates available through Twitter @TallShipsPC.  Additional information can also be found on the event website –

Freedom Pier located is located at the foot of Monmouth Street and is home berth to Gloucester City’s 75 foot schooner Northwind which will also participate in the Tall Ships Festival.  The pier is outlined by a 1,200 foot public access walkway complete with teak benches but visitors should probably bring their own lawn chairs/blankets.  Two GCBA members, Art’s Deli and the King Street Pub will provide reasonably priced food and soft drinks during the Parade of Tall Ships.  If visitors wish to stretch their legs, Freedom Pier connects to Proprietor’s Park and the Gloucester City Marina via a brick promenade along the Delaware River.

After the Tall Ships pass by, visitors are welcome to stop by nearby restaurants and bars such as the King Street Pub, Max’s Seafood Café, McMichael’s, the Whiskey Barrel, Tavern on the Edge and Bayer’s Tavern that are within walking distance of Freedom Pier and Proprietor’s Park.  Many GCBA members will be offering post Parade dining and happy hour specials.

The Gloucester City Business Association (GCBA) is composed of 80+ businesses that employ local workers and continually invest in Gloucester City projects and organizations.. GCBA can be reached at (856) 742-8011 and

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