BOSTON (CBS) — A group of lucky guests was able to spend the Fourth of July on the USS Constitution. The ship held a lottery drawing to pick 25 winners who were allowed to bring a guest for an afternoon cruise on the world’s oldest commissioned warship.
The vessel left the Charlestown Navy Yard and went out to Castle Island where it fired off a 17-gun salute before returning.READ MORE: Volunteers Gather To Clean Up Trash In Boston's Muddy River
“As a retired Navy person, being on this ship, just the history of it all, especially on Independence Day, with all the things going on in this country, it just brings back to heart what this country really means,” said attendee Doug Wood.READ MORE: Attleboro Animal Shelter Says Driver Deliberately Ran Over 5 Geese On Route 123
Over 5,000 people applied for the afternoon cruise.MORE NEWS: Large Search Underway Near Newburyport Boat Club For Missing Man Kevin Mahoney
The USS Constitution is currently open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.