The Blessing of the Fleet is a centuries-old boating tradition where receiving a blessing from the local Clergy was meant to ensure a safe and bountiful boating season.
***SCHEDULE*** On May 20, 2023, first responder boats will pass Belmont Bay Harbor Marina at approximately 10am, heading upriver, toward the Town of Occoquan. At approximately 11am, first responder boats will turn around near the Occoquan Town Dock and begin heading back downriver, toward Belmont Bay Harbor Marina. The fire boat will lead the group, spraying a spectacular Water Salute for all to enjoy!
***LAND SPECTATORS*** Interested spectators can view first responder boats from land at Town of Occoquan’s dock at Mamie Davis Park, from the shores of Occoquan Park, as well as many restaurants/marinas along the Occoquan River.
***BOATER PARTICIPATION*** All registered and non-registered boats wishing to be blessed can SLOWLY pass the ORMA blessing boat docked at Belmont Bay Harbor Marina fuel dock during the event hours.
***DIGNITARY PARTICIPATION*** Fairfax and Prince William County First Responders, Representatives from the Town of Occoquan and Counties of Prince William and Fairfax, and VA State dignitaries will be on hand at a private event to give their well wishes to boaters as they pass the Blessing boat.