CLEVELAND -- The Tall Ships Festival returns to North Coast Harbor just in time for the Fourth of July in 2013.
With the Flagship Niagara as a backdrop, the official announcement of the return of the Tall Ships was made at Voinovich Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Photos: Tall ship Niagara in Cleveland
Up to a dozen tall ships will arrive just before the Fourth of July, and stay the rest of the week, through Sunday, July 7, 2013.
Just before the announcement, the Niagara docked at the end of a week-long Lake Erie voyage which included 16 Cleveland-area youngsters who are part of the Youth Empowered to Succeed through Sailing program.
The high school students learned teamwork on their trip by sharing responsibilities on the tall ship.
"It was so much fun, got to know new people, just sleeping and eating and being on watch together, was so much fun," said Orlando Hopson, Jr., of John Adams High School.
His father, a Navy veteran, was there to greet him.
Other parents and family members who picked up their young sailors had a chance to tour the Niagara once it had docked.
The Tall ships Festival is backed by the Rotary Club of Cleveland, the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland-Cuyahoga Port Authority, and orther organizations.