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CDCThe United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., is the Nation's only Coast Guard Recruit Training Center. The Training Center is open to the invited family members and guests of the graduating class every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tour/Security policy: Since September 11, 2001, our country and the U.S. Coast Guard Recruit Training Center was forced to reevaluate and adjust its security in light of potential terrorist threats.  Therefore, the Training Center is no longer open for walk-on tours and individual tours.

Tour requests for: school groups; Boy/Girl Scouts of America; veteran groups; and former members of the Coast Guard must be pre-arranged through the Public Affairs Officer, with at least 10 business days advance notice. Boy/Girl Scouts interested in camping on the facility, must click here for information.

If you are interested in joining the Coast Guard and would like a tour, please work with your local Coast Guard recruiter and he/she will coordinate directly with the Public Affairs Officer. To find a local Coast Guard recruiter, please visit www.gocoastguard.com

The base is open to the community during the Sunset Parades. Please see the schedule below.

Information regarding recruit graduation ceremonies can be found under Graduations.

To learn more about the City of Cape May, please visit www.discovercapemay.com. For Hotel accommodations in Cape May, please visit www.capemaychamber.com.

Please visit our website www.tracencapemay.uscgnews.com/  for more information about recruit training.

Sunset Parade Schedule 2013

Sunset Parades are colorful, inspiring military ceremonies featuring the Recruit Band, Drill Team, marching troops, cannon fire, and a low level fly over by a CG helicopter. They take place at sunset on the Training Center's parade grounds, are open to the general public, and there is no admission charge. Children are welcome to attend, but should be accompanied by an adult. The Sunset Parade schedule for 2013 is a follows:

Date Guests Seated by Estimated Start Time Sunset Time
26 May 7:45 PM 7:54 PM 8:14 PM
07 July 8:00 PM 8:07 PM 8:27 PM
04 August 7:30 PM 7:47 PM 8:07 PM
01 September 7:00 PM 7:09 PM 7:29 PM
       

f the parade is cancelled due to inclement weather a message will be left on the phone number (609) 898-6700. You can also call this number the day of the parade to get updated information.

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Last Modified 10/21/2014
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