And the popular maritime extravaganza will coincide with Liverpool being the national focus for Armed Forces Day.

The Mersey River Festival is almost here and it’s set to very busy on the city’s waterfront.

The maritime event – which coincides with Liverpool being the national focus for Armed Forces Day on June 24 – will take place on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25.

Countless Tall Ships will sail in to the city for the maritime extravaganza.

And they will be accompanied by of military vessels and research ships.

The programme for the event is still being finalised – but what is certain is that The British ThunderCat Racing Tour will return.

Boats will battle it out on the Mersey, reaching speeds of up to 65mph.

The crowds can view the canoe polo and wakeboarding displays, incredible jet skiing and fly boarding.

There will also be dry land exhibitions or unarmed combat and weapons displays.

While the Sea Cadets will perform their field gun window ladder semaphore and club swinging activities.

There will be an exciting music soundtrack to the weekend which will take place on stages around the waterfront.

The Northern Boat Show will also return and it will run from Friday, June 23 until Sunday, 25 June.

It covers all aspects of the leisure marine industry with displays of narrow boats, power boats, sail boats and cruisers.

Old Swan founded Home Bargains , one of Merseyside’s largest employers, is the sponsor for the family zone.

Entertainment will be provided across the festival site and includes face painting, craft workshops and street theatre.

Liverpool’s assistant Mayor, Cllr Wendy Simon, said: “The Mersey River Festival is a much-loved part of our events calendar and draws in huge crowds each year.

“It’s wonderful that we can work in partnership with Merseyside-based businesses to contribute and grow the event, and I’m delighted that once again, three more companies will have the kudos of being associated with this fantastic festival.

“This year’s festival coincides with Liverpool being the national focus for Armed Forces Day, so there will be a unique dynamic to 2017’s River Festival as the city comes together to say thank you to all those servicemen and women who make up the armed forces community.”