Press Release | Houston Ship Channel Invites Families to Free Centennial Festival

August 22, 2014

Area-wide maritime celebration September 6 at Bayport Cruise Terminal

HOUSTON – The Houston Ship Channel will kick off a centennial celebration on September 6, welcoming area families to a Centennial Family Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Bayport Cruise Terminal in Pasadena, Texas.

“The Centennial Family Festival is our chance to give back to local families, employees, neighbors and supporters who are the backbone of the Houston Ship Channel,” said H. Thomas Kornegay, chairman, Promote Houston Ship Channel 2014, Inc. “The festival will be a lively and educational celebration. We encourage all area families to join us to salute the Houston Ship Channel’s centennial.”

Festival-goers can expect a range of activities and entertainment broken into specialty zones including:

  • Water Zone – Children and parents will get a close-up look at vessels including the Houston Pilot Boat, the M/V Sam Houston, USCG vessels and Port of Houston Authority Emergency Response vessels. Join the action including maritime water demonstrations and interactive boat tours. Families can also watch a tug boat tug-of-war and a fireboat water spraying contest.
  • Kid Zone – The Kid Zone will include interactive and educational displays focused on water and recycling, as well as treasure hunts, a balloon artist and other activities.
  • Landside Equipment Zone – This zone includes land equipment like a 1947 antique fire truck, the Port Police Mobile Command Center, cargo handling equipment, a Port police car and a forklift.
  • Historical Zone – Attendees will view short historical video clips on subjects ranging from the Houston Pilots to vessel transitioning.
  • Food and Beverage Zones – Throughout the festival, families can enjoy complimentary hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers, chicken sandwiches, chips and favorites like popcorn and snow cones. Water and lemonade will also be available.

Additional Centennial Family Festival highlights include a DJ playing music throughout the afternoon and the daily traffic of the ship channel, which will serve as the festival’s backdrop.

The event is in conjunction with the Maritime and Logistics Youth Expo, an outreach program focused on Maritime Academy students and stakeholders. Booths from more than 20 vendors including local universities with a Maritime Academy focus, the United States Coast Guard, the Houston Maritime Museum and many Maritime Industry Partners such as ExxonMobil, Shell, Vopak, Kirby will be available.  

The Centennial Family Fest is free and open to the community, but attendees must pre-register to obtain their tickets, which will include a pre-determined timeslot for arrival. To pre-register, visit For additional information, call the Port of Houston Authority Community Information Line at (713) 670-1000. Parking will be accessible on site and a shuttle will run to and from nearby parking areas.

For more information on the Houston Ship Channel Centennial, visit


About the Houston Ship Channel Centennial

On November 10, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson christened the Houston Ship Channel, inaugurating Houston’s destiny as a maritime industry leader.  The channel went on to become the driving force behind Houston’s robust economy, ensuring its place as a key asset to the region’s future.  Throughout 2014, the Houston Ship Channel Centennial will celebrate the accomplishments of its first 100 years, and set sail for another 100 years of progress and prosperity.  A series of events will honor this momentous anniversary, including: the Stories of a Workforce exhibit at the Julia Ideson Library, presented by the Houston Arts Alliance; a commemorative book; Centennial Family Fest at the Bayport Cruise Terminal; a historic documentary produced by Texas Foundation for the Arts, airing on Houston Public Media TV 8; the American Association of Port Authorities Convention; and a rededication ceremony. For more information, please visit