Today’s Sea Festival is an event that follows the tradition of the Sea Festival from the times of the Second Polish Republic. The festival was held for the first time in 1932 in Gdynia, when it hosted more than 100,000 participants, including Ignacy Mościcki, the then president of the Polish Republic. The first Sea Festival was a large mass event of the Second Polish Republic that became such a great success that it entered the calendar of Polish public holidays. It was held every year until the outbreak of World War II.
The festival re-entered the calendar of Gdynia’s events in 2013. Several dozen various side events take place throughout the week: demonstrations of anti-terrorist activities on the sea, demonstrations of rescue activities, watercraft tours, free cruises around Gdańsk Bay, open days at maritime research institutes, museums and universities, as well as exhibitions, meetings, conferences, and regattas.