In the near distance at center, the U.S.S Chicago is moored near Los Angeles Harbor on Navy Day. It is viewed at an angle from its starboard side. A few smaller vessels sit alongside the large cruiser. Naval insignia waves from a flag line that stretches down the ship's mid-line. The American flag waves from the ship's stern at left. Los Angeles Harbor is barely visible in the background.
Elevated view of Navy Day commemoration at City Hall steps outside 200 North Spring Street entrance. A stage and podium, built for speakers (such as Mayor Frank L. Shaw) and honored naval officials, can be seen. Also in view, the first few floors of City Hall, including the columns and arches. Thousands of spectators surround the steps. Automobiles in motion drive along Spring and railway lines can be seen. The event celebrated the importance of American naval forces on Navy Day, October 27th, a day which commemorated the establishment of the American Navy in 1775. (Navy Day is no longer celebrated as it was absorbed into Armed Forces Day.) The 2000 spectators listened not only to notable speeches extolling the navy at City Hall, but also witnessed a band concert and the aerial feats of naval airplanes flying overhead. Commemorations also occured in Los Angeles Harbor, Long Beach Naval Reserve Airport, and elsewhere in the Southland.