Barnegat Township will be celebrating its rich Revolutionary War history with a day of free family fun this coming Saturday. The annual Pirate's Day is being held at Gazebo Park at the intersection of Route 9 and East Bay Avenue where a replica wooden Pirate's ship will block the main downtown roadway.

Co-Chair Jerry Thompson said the day pays tribute to the Patriotic Pirates, who, based in Barnegat and surrounding areas, interrupted British troop supply lines during the Revolutionary War and became known as the forefathers to the U.S. Navy.

The day will feature entertainment on two stages, said Thompson. "The front stage, main stage, is going to have lots of rock groups and the back stage, that's where a lot of things are going to be happening for the kids. We call it Pirate's Cove."

There will also be Pirate reenactors, food, crafters, vendors, trolley tours, pirate's costume contest and shuttle buses to the park. As part of the festivities, Thompson is encouraging folks to come dressed for the occasion.

"We always welcome everyone to come out in costume as Pirates, dressed as Pirates. A little bit, A lot, We love it! because it really adds to the day you don't not believe when you're walking through and we just have people show up and complete families in Pirate costumes. It makes such a nice event and it just adds to the celebrity of the event.

Pirates Day runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gazebo Park. But the festivities don't end there. There's also a concert at the Public Dock starting at 7 p.m. with Tommy Edwards as Sir Rod Stewart.

Get the details at the Barnegat Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page.

Pirates Day Barnegat 2013, by R. Key Townsquare Media