With Memorial Day Weekend approaching, it’s hard not to get excited about all the summer activities that New York City has to offer. A tradition in New York since 1984, Fleet Week is one of the greatest annual events of the season. Fleet Week is a United States Navy, United States Marine Corps and United States Coast Guard tradition when active military ships recently deployed in overseas operations dock in major cities for one week. Once the ships dock, the crews explore the city, while us city folks get to explore the ships and other activities that coincide with the event. For a complete list of ships docking this year, click here.
Fleet Week is full of exciting events from military demonstrations to the public tours of the ships. Click here for the full schedule, but here are some of our favs!
Public Ship Tours:
Daily from 8 am-5 pm
Pier 88, 48th St/West Side Highway
Parade of Ships
Mark the start of Fleet Week along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s west side and watch the ships roll in.
8:30 am – Noon
USMC Day in Times Square
Featuring performances by the Navy Band NE & USMC Band
9 am-6 pm (Times Square)
Casts from some of the top shows currently on Broadway put on a spectacular one-hour showcase. Acts include: Jersey Boys, Chicago, Mamma Mia, and Rock of Ages.
12-1pm (Intrepid Museum)
Intrepid Summer Movie Series featuring “Top Gun”
Free admission. Doors open at 7:30pm and movie starts at sunset.
4 pm ( Flight Deck at the Intrepid Museum)
Annual Athletic Competition – Tug of War
2-4 pm (Pier 86/Intrepid Museum)
Memorial Day Ceremony
Ceremonial wreath laying, a Three Volley Salute, the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag and a fly-over of military aircraft in the missing man formation.
11 am (Flight Deck /Intrepid Museum)
Be sure to also check out the full schedule of events held by the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (One Intrepid Square, 12th Avenue and 46th Street, New York 10036). If you’re not into running around the Pier, stay local and entertain all them men and women here to enjoy our city! After all, New York LOVES sailors!