The Port of San Diego plans to honor the role and impact of San Diego’s maritime industry during May, Maritime Month, by holding free events that recognize and thank the men and women of San Diego Bay’s working waterfront.

Maritime Month is the Port’s extended celebration of National Maritime Day on May 22, which pays special tribute to merchant marines and to the benefits that the maritime industry provides to the country. The Board of Port Commissioners is expected to make a Maritime Month proclamation at a May 12 board meeting.

Festivities throughout the month will highlight the commercial and cargo business activity of the Port, including its economic impact, its cargo capability, its designation as a strategic military port, its cruise ship industry and its environmental stewardship.

Events include bus tours on May 21 and May 28 to explore the Port’s cargo terminals. Buses depart from Pepper Park at 10 a.m.. Boat tours* on May 9 and May 30 will highlight the working waterfront. Boats depart from Broadway Pier at 10 am. and 1 p.m. Movie night at Pepper Park showing Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water. Free music and activities begin at 6:30 p.m. with the film proceeding at dusk. Registration required, free to attend.

In 2013, the Port said it pumped more than $7.6 billion into the regional economy, with more than 33,000 jobs on the waterfront of San Diego Bay. Two cruise ship terminals in the heart of the Embarcadero bring hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to San Diego’s “front porch.” The Port is currently undergoing an environmental impact report to determine the feasibility of modernizing the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal to better support maritime commerce, and is committed to reducing emissions in partnership with California’s ports.