3rd Annual USS Midway Birthday & Multi-Cultural Celebration

September 7th at 11:00 a.m. PDT

Hangar Deck, USS Midway Museum

Join us for a FREE community gathering of music, dance, birthday cake, history, and more for the USS Midway’s Birthday and 3rd Annual Multi-Cultural Celebration!

Enjoy the sights and sounds of local multicultural music and traditional dances center stage in the hanger deck of the Midway as we come together to celebrate 79 years of living history aboard America’s Living Symbol of Freedom. We hope you will join us for this entertaining community celebration!

Happy 79th Birthday, USS Midway!

History of the USS Midway (CV-41)

The USS Midway (CV-41) was the longest-serving aircraft carrier in the 20th century. Named after the climactic Battle of Midway of June 1942, Midway was built in only 17 months but missed World War II by one week when commissioned on September 10, 1945.

Midway was the first in a three-ship class of large carriers that featured an armored flight deck and a powerful air group of 120 planes. In 1946, it became the first American carrier to operate in the midwinter sub-Arctic, developing new flight deck procedures. Midway became the only ship to launch a captured German V-2 rocket the following year.

On April 11, 1992, the Midway was decommissioned in San Diego. It remained in the inactive ship fleet in Bremerton, Washington, until 2003, when it was donated to the 501(c)3 nonprofit San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum organization. It opened as the USS Midway Museum in June 2004.