Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

The Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial marks the site of the most deadly home-front disaster of World War II. On July 17, 1944, two Navy cargo ships exploded during the loading process, killing 320 sailors and civilians. Two-thirds of the sailors were African American, and the incident led to a mutiny trial and, eventually, the desegregation of the armed forces. Today, you can visit the site of the blast to honor the victims and discover its far-reaching effects in U.S. military history. The memorial is located in the Military Ocean Terminal Concord (formerly the Concord Naval Weapons Station), so it's only open for ranger-led tours on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Call or email to make a reservation for these free tours at least two weeks before your trip.

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Things To Do Near Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

Activities at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial are strictly controlled due to the military-operated location; a ranger will take you on a tour of the area. Within 30 miles, however, you'll find a huge array of outdoor adventures, including hiking, biking, camping, and water sports. Explore the mountains and waterways, or spend your days taking advantage of the Bay Area's shopping and renowned food scene.

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How To Get To Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial

Since the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial is inside the Military Ocean Terminal Concord, it's not possible to drive directly there. On the day of your scheduled tour, a bus will pick you up at the John Muir National Historic Site (4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, CA 94553). To get there, connect to CA-4; the monument is located just north of the highway between I-80 and I-680. Get off on Alhambra Avenue, drive north, and take a left turn into the parking lot just after the exit.

Address

4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez, CA 94553

Fee: Entry Fee (per person) There is no entry fee.

Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial is a chance to see a turning point in U.S. military history. After your visit to the memorial, enjoy the remarkable California landscape. An RV makes a great home base for adventures in the mountains and cities of the Bay Area.