NPS Tour at Port Chicago
Tours of the memorial are dependent of NPS staffing and access granted by the U.S. Army. The memorial may be closed by the army at any time. Tours are usually available Thurs., Fri., and Sats. at 1:30 PM.
Reservations are required to visit the Memorial. All visitors are shuttled to the Memorial on National Park Service vehicles from the Concord Naval Weapons Station Identity (ID) Office.
Car: From San Francisco, take Interstate 80 (Bay Bridge) to Hwy 4 East...from Berkeley & Oakland, take Interstate 80 West to Hwy 4 East...from San Jose or Walnut Creek, take Interstate 680 north to Hwy 242. Exit at Port Chicago Hwy North. After passing under Hwy 4, go through 3 lights, pass the tan buildings on your right, make a right turn into visitor parking lot at Military Ocean Terminal Concord.
Airports: Accessible from Oakland International Airport, approx. 45 minutes; San Francisco International Airport, approx. 60 minutes; San Jose International Airport, approx. 90 minutes (estimated times are without traffic).
Did You Know?
After the Port Chicago explosion on July 17, 1944, where more than 5000 tons of TNT went off, the deepwater harbor and piers were completely destroyed. Surprisingly, the harbor and pier were back up and running in a month.