USS Sioux City Commissioning
Schedule of Events

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM General Public Visit Tours of the USS Sioux City

The general public may walk in through the Visitors Access Center at Gate 1 during general visiting hours. All visitors 18 years of age or older must have a valid picture ID (i.e. State issued driver’s license, student I.D., or a government issued passport). Visitors under the age of 18, who do not have a valid picture I.D. must be escorted by an adult with a valid form of identification.

Thursday, November 15, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM General Public Visit Tours of the USS Sioux City

The general public may walk in through the Visitors Access Center at Gate 1 during general visiting hours. All visitors 18 years of age or older must have a valid picture ID (i.e. State issued driver’s license, student I.D., or a government issued passport). Visitors under the age of 18, who do not have a valid picture I.D. must be escorted by an adult with a valid form of identification.

Friday, November 16, 2018
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM Spa Creek/USS Sioux City Cruise by Watermark (departs on the hour) – Register here
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM USS Sioux City Tours – for Siouxland Guests Only
3:00 PM – USNA Tour by Watermark (1.5 hours) begins at Dahlgren Hall – Register here
3:30 PM – Colonial Stroll by Watermark (1.5 hours) begins at Dahlgren Hall – Register here
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Chairman’s Reception – Taste of Annapolis at Dahlgren Hall open to all Siouxland guests

Saturday, November 17, 2018
9:00 AM – Commissioning Ceremony (Dewey Field) – suggested arrival 8:00 AM
10:30 AM – Post Commissioning Reception – Taste of Sioux City at Dahlgren Hall
11:00 AM – USNA Tour by Watermark (1.5 hours) begins at Dahlgren Hall – Register Here
11:30 AM – Colonial Stroll by Watermark (1.5 hours) begins at Dahlgren Hall – Register Here
10:30 AM – 3:00 PM General Public Visit Tours of the USS Sioux City
12:30 PM – 4:30 PM Spa Creek/USS Sioux City Cruise by Watermark (departs on the hour) – Register here
1:00 PM – Midshipmen March to Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
1:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Sioux City Tailgate (Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)
3:30 PM – USNA/Tulsa Football Game (Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)

Sunday, November 18, 2018
11:00 AM – USNA Tour by Watermark (1.5 hours) begins at Dahlgren Hall – Register Here
11:30 AM – Colonial Stroll by Watermark (1.5 hours) begins at Dahlgren Hall – Register Here

Commissioning Dress Code – Civilian: Business attire. Military (both actively serving and retired): Dress uniform with ribbons. Ship tours will include climbing up and down ladders, recommend slacks and low heels. No open toe shoes.

Information on tours of USNA can be found at www.usnabsd.com.

Other Events

We invite persons attending the commissioning to spend some time Friday and Saturday visiting sites in the local area. Some of the local attractions include:

  • Four Centuries Walking Tour – Annapolis Tours by Watermark offers this exceptional journey through history. Led by a period-dressed guide in colonial attire, visitors will see downtown Annapolis as few get to experience it. This educational tour also includes visits to the Naval Academy with USNA certified guides, as well as the Maryland State Capitol where General George Washington resigned as Commander in Chief after the Revolutionary War. Adults who identify themselves as guests associated with the USS Sioux City will receive a $3 discount from Watermark.
  • Tour the US Naval Academy – Since 1845, the Academy has been educating the officers of the United States Navy, and the Academy campus is steeped in that history and culture. Highlights include the United States Naval Academy Museum and the beautiful domed chapel that holds the ornate crypt of John Paul Jones, father of the U.S. Navy.
  • Tour the Maryland State House – Touring these halls is like taking a walk through history. Older than the country itself, the Maryland State House was built in 1772 and is the oldest state house still in use. Once the capitol of the nation, it was here that the Treaty of Paris was signed to end the Revolutionary War, and General George Washington resigned from his post as commander of the Continental Army.
  • Navy vs. Tulsa Football at 3:30 PM on Saturday, November 17
    Tickets to this game are available for $30 through the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce on a first come, first served basis for anyone attending the commissioning. If you would like to purchase one of these tickets, contact the Siouxland Chamber at 712.255.7903.
  • Worship Opportunities – The historic Main Chapel at the center of the Yard – and its landmark dome – are symbolic of the vital role that moral and spiritual guidance plays in the development of Midshipmen into naval officers. The Commodore Levy Center and Jewish Chapel combines the aesthetics of Ancient Israel, the nobility of sea service, and the sacred experience of faith in the fabric of its architecture. Together with 7 other smaller chapels and prayer spaces, the Naval Academy Chaplain Center provides and facilitates for the religious needs of the 4500-strong Brigade of Midshipmen and its faculty and staff.