Bay City is a host port for the TALL SHIPS® CHALLENGE, a series of races and rallies organized by TALL SHIPS AMERICA. In 2016, Bay City celebrates fifteen years of award-winning maritime festivals having hosted the fleet every time it has visited the Great Lakes in 2001, 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2013. Bay City has been awarded the designation “Port of the Year” by TALL SHIPS AMERICA more than any other community in all of North America.

Welcome to Tall Ship Celebration: Bay City, the best tall ship festival in North America!


Please take a moment to learn about the generous businesses and organizations that support Tall Ship Celebration by investing in our sponsorship program. The following Major Ship Sponsors make it possible to recruit and support the backbone of our award-winning event, the fleet of visiting tall ships.

Many other businesses and organizations support Tall Ship Celebration by sponsoring the many activities that occur throughout the festival. Look for them below and throughout the website.



Dow Corning Corporation

Dow Corning provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. Dow Corning is a global leader in silicon-based technology and innovation, offering more than 7,000 products and services. Its operations include science & technology centers, manufacturing sites, warehouses and customer service centers in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Dow Corning has been the presenting port sponsor of Tall Ship Celebration in 2006, 2010, 2013 and 2016.



McLaren Bay Region

McLaren Bay Region is a 404-bed acute care hospital in Bay City, MI, providing specialty, primary and preventive services including cardiovascular, neuroscience, oncology, orthopedics, Family BirthPlace/women’s health, surgery, outpatient services, rehabilitation, home health and hospice care, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Emergency Department. McLaren Bay Region’s Main Campus is located at 1900 Columbus Ave. Our West Campus is located at 3250 E. Midland Rd., Bay City, which is also home to Karmanos Cancer Institute and McLaren Bay Special Care hospital. McLaren Bay Region is the only accredited Chest Pain Center in the Great Lakes Bay Region, is a Primary Stroke Center, Neuroscience Center of Excellence, and has earned a Patient Safety Excellence award from Healthgrades.

MLive Media Group: The Bay City Times

MLive Media Group is an audience first, digitally focused media company encompassing all content, sales and marketing operations for and eight major newspapers including The Bay City Times, the Michigan Press Association Newspaper of the Year for 2015. We are the largest news company and digital marketing agency in Michigan. In addition to delivering Michigan’s best news, sports, business and entertainment information 24/7, MLive Media Group provides best-in-class marketing services: advertising, media planning, search solutions, mobile ads, digital ad networks, behavioral targeting and creative services.



Wildfire Credit Union

Wildfire Credit Union offers a fresh approach to banking as usual and provides a full range of financial solutions in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Delivered with passion and enthusiasm, every member encounter goes beyond the expected. A Wildfire Credit Union experience is a difference you’ll notice immediately. Wildfire Credit Union has been a Major Ship Sponsor of Tall Ship Celebration since 2010.

Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy is one of the nation’s largest combination utilities, providing electric and natural gas service to more than 6 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents, with the help of more than 7,500 employees - 1,000 of them located right here in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Consumers Energy is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, an international corporation that is a leader in energy infrastructure businesses. Each day, Consumers Energy employees work to safely deliver affordable, reliable energy to customers throughout Michigan. The company is committed to operating sustainably and caring for the communities they serve. Consumers Energy has been a Major Ship Sponsor in 2006, 2010, 2013 and 2016.

St. Mary's of Michigan

For over 140 years, St. Mary’s of Michigan has inspired hope by providing the best care to all people we serve across the state. We share the belief that the very best care starts with a faith-based mission – with friends and neighbors caring for friends and neighbors in a variety of ways and settings. We believe better care means better communities. As a member of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the United States and the world’s largest Catholic health system, St. Mary’s of Michigan is a leader in transforming healthcare to provide high-quality, person-centered healthcare to all. St. Mary’s of Michigan has been a Major Ship Sponsor in 2006, 2010, 2013 and 2016.



Independent Bank

Independent Bank was founded as First National Bank of Ionia in 1864. Today, Independent Bank Corporation is a Michigan-based bank holding company with total assets of approximately $2.4 billion, and 63 locations across Michigan’s lower peninsula. Independent Bank provides a full range of financial services, including commercial banking, mortgage lending, investments, and title services, with a commitment to providing exceptional service and value to customers, stockholders, and the community.

FirstMerit Bank

At FirstMerit, we want to get to know you and provide the financial services that will help you achieve your goals. Whether you are saving or paying for a child’s education, purchasing a home, building and expanding a business or planning for retirement, we want to help you. We offer a wide range of products and services; a focus on your goals; and sound financial advice – all delivered with the responsive, personal service of a community bank. Let us put you first.


Chemical Bank

Chemical Bank is excited to support Bay City’s Tall Ship Celebration and welcomes maritime enthusiasts from across the Region to Bay City. Since 1917, Chemical Bank has supported Michigan and all of the people, organizations, and events, like the Tall Ship Celebration, that make each community unique. Member FDIC.

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