Greater Philadelphia is well positioned to host the 250th celebration of the Navy and Marine Corps’ founding in 2025 according to state Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland), who spoke at an event highlighting the region’s historical significance in the branches’ founding.
Rothman, who served as a staff sergeant in the Marine Corps, stressed the importance of honoring sailors and Marines near the site of Tun Tavern. When the Second Continental Congress procured two vessels as the first naval fleet and then established the Continental Marines in the fall of 1775, Tun Tavern on Philadelphia’s Water Street served as a recruitment headquarters for the Marines.
“Having a semiquincentennial birthday is a monumental achievement for the Navy and Marine Corps, and it should be celebrated in its birthplace of Philadelphia,” Rothman said. “I’d love to see the fleet brought onto the Delaware River to be coupled with parades and dedication ceremonies in 2025. Tun Tavern, a local watering hole, set the stage for a successful 250 years. Not only do I support a birthday celebration, but I’m also a proponent of rebuilding Tun Tavern to solidify its significance.”