GALLERY: The Eagle joins in celebrating the 4th in Boston Harbor

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform a fly-by of USS Constitution and the United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle as the Eagle joins the USS Constitution on the Constitution's annual 4th of July turn around cruise in Boston Harbor Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform a fly-by of USS Constitution and the United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle as the Eagle joins the USS Constitution on the Constitution's annual 4th of July turn around cruise in Boston Harbor Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Tim Cook/The Day Buy Photo

Boston — Side by side in the mouth of Boston Harbor, "America's Tall Ship" and the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat each fired 21 ceremonial shots in honor of the nation's birthday Wednesday.

Capt. Eric C. Jones, commanding officer of the Eagle, said it's "tough to get more poignant" than having the Eagle and the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor, on July 4th, celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence and commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 for Boston's Operation Sail.

The crew of the United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle fires a 21-gun salute as the Eagle joins the USS Constitution on the Constitution's annual 4th of July turn-around cruise in Boston Harbor Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
The crew of the United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle fires a 21-gun salute as the Eagle joins the USS Constitution on the Constitution's annual 4th of July turn-around cruise in Boston Harbor Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Tim Cook/The Day Buy Photo
The United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle joins the USS Constitution on the Constitution's annual 4th of July turn-around cruise in Boston Harbor Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
The United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle joins the USS Constitution on the Constitution's annual 4th of July turn-around cruise in Boston Harbor Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Tim Cook/The Day Buy Photo
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform a fly-by of the USS Wasp, left, USS Constitution, center, and the United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle as the Eagle joins the USS Constitution on the Constitution's annual 4th of July turn-around cruise in Boston Harbor Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels perform a fly-by of the USS Wasp, left, USS Constitution, center, and the United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle as the Eagle joins the USS Constitution on the Constitution's annual 4th of July turn-around cruise in Boston Harbor Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Tim Cook/The Day Buy Photo
The United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle joins the USS Constitution, left, on the Constitution's annual 4th of July turn-around cruise in Boston Harbor Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
The United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle joins the USS Constitution, left, on the Constitution's annual 4th of July turn-around cruise in Boston Harbor Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Tim Cook/The Day Buy Photo
The United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle joins the USS Constitution on the Constitution's annual 4th of July turn-around cruise in Boston Harbor Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
The United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle joins the USS Constitution on the Constitution's annual 4th of July turn-around cruise in Boston Harbor Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Tim Cook/The Day Buy Photo
A C130 Hercules flies over the United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle as the Eagle joins the USS Constitution on the Constitution's annual 4th of July turn around cruise in Boston Harbor Wednesday, July 4, 2012.
A C130 Hercules flies over the United States Coast Guard Barque Eagle as the Eagle joins the USS Constitution on the Constitution's annual 4th of July turn around cruise in Boston Harbor Wednesday, July 4, 2012. Tim Cook/The Day Buy Photo
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