Fleet Week in NYC

New York City will be filled with sailors this weekend as the City’s annual Fleet Week sails into port. This yearly celebration of the men and women who dedicate their lives serving in our nation’s Navy Coast Guard, and Marines is awash with exciting nautical themed events and both educational and entertaining events to attend. Explore the best nautical attractions around the city with this list of our favorite events or check out the Fleet Week event page for more ideas. Show your appreciation for the sailors who help defend our country this Memorial Day weekend, and who knows, maybe you’ll reel in a sailor of your own.

Saturday, May 28

Ship Tours

8am-5pm | Manhattan, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, Homeport Pier (Staten Island)

Take a tour of one of the magnificent vessels belonging to the world’s most powerful Navy. Tours are located at the following locations and will be open during the same hours for the entirety of Fleet Week:

Manhattan:

-Pier 88S: USS Bataan (LHD 5)

-Pier 92S: HMCS Athabaskan (D 282), HMCS Kingston (MM 700), HMCS Moncton (MM 708)

-*Pier 86N (Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum): USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM 552) (*Tours will begin at 10 a.m.)

Brooklyn Cruise Terminal:

-USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USCGC Forward (WMEC 911)

Homeport Pier (Staten Island):

-USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Shamal (PC 13)

Joint Aviation Event

1-2pm | Eisenhower Park

Military bands accompany the U.S. Navy Parachute Team’s aerial demonstration and a Marine helicopter landing featuring a CH-53 Sea Stallion and AH-1W Cobra during this exciting event in Eisenhower Park.

Fleet Week Regatta

1 – 5pm | Liberty Harbor, 11 Marin Blvd. Jersey City, NJ

Hosted by the Manhattan Yacht Club, the inaugural Fleet Week Regatta begins in the New York Harbor and cruises to a finish out at the Statue of Liberty.

Navy Band Concert

2-3pm | Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, 102 Furman St. | Brooklyn, New York

Lose yourself in the patriotic sounds of the U.S Fleet Forces Brass Band and get in the spirit of Memorial Day. The Northeast Rhode Island Sound Navy Band will also be performing on Military Island at 4pm.

Sunday, May 29

U.S Marine Corps Battle Colors Detachment

10am | 9/11 Memorial, 200 Liberty St #20, New York, NY

Honor the memory of those lost in the tragedy of 9/11 with the Marine Corps silent drill team and drum and bugle corps as they pay tribute to the memory of the lives lost and the heroes who gave their all.

Fleet Week at Liberty State Park

10am-4pm | Liberty State Park

Delve into the waters of Fleet Week with this expansive event featuring a parachuting demonstration by the US Navy Parachute Team, “The Leap Frogs,” U.S. Navy and Marine Corps band performances, helicopter demonstrations, and much more.

Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum Block Party

1pm – 6pm | Pier 84, 555 12th Ave, New York, NY

Celebrate Fleet Week in true sailor fashion with live music, cold ice cream, Kona beer, and best of all, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum cocktails. Cage the Elephant will provide live music and “The Walking Dead” star Norman Rheedus will make an appearance on a custom Sailor Jerry Harley Davidson bike. The event is free, but tickets are required. Grab yours here.

Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day)

Memorial Day Parades

Memorial Day and Fleet Week combine to offer you more parades than you’ll know what to do with. Check out the full list of Fleet Week events for a complete list of the Memorial Day parades and find your favorites to attend.

New Rochelle Memorial Day Ceremony

8am | Glen Island Park

Celebrate our past service members with a ceremony and military static displays accompanied by a free concert by American Legion Post #170.

Intrepid Memorial Day Commemoration

11:30am | Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, 101 St. & 4th Ave. Brooklyn, New York

Show your appreciation for the men and women who gave their lives to protect our country. Join hundreds of veterans at this ceremony, featuring the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag, taps, ceremonial wreath-laying, and a three-volley rifle salute at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Annual New York Mets/USO Military Appreciation Day

1:10pm | Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave, New York, NY

Join the New York Mets as they host their annual Military Appreciation Day and take on the Chicago White Sox. Other events like the first pitch, a flyover, and a demonstration by the U.S Navy Parachute Team come together to guarantee an amazing game.

Tuesday, May 31

Ships Depart

Watch as the U.S. Navy ships depart from Pier 88S in Manhattan; the Brookyln Cruise Terminal in Brooklyn; and Homeport Pier in Staten Island.

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Best NYC Museums

Whether you’re looking for a selection of art, history or information for your kids, New York City is one of the greatest places in the world to visit a museum that features exactly the kind of exhibits that you are longing to experience. Scattered across the city are endless museums of all shapes and sizes that feature some of the most varied collections of art and culture to be found anywhere in the world. Check out this list of some of the best Museums in the city organized by category to help ensure you get exactly what you’re looking for out of your museum experience,

Kids Museums

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

With a selection of rotating exhibits, a sensory play area designed to stimulate your child’s intellectual growth, and the ever popular World Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum allows children to discover and learn in their own way. With free admission every Thursday from 2 to 6pm, it’s also the perfect evening getaway for families looking for something to do together.

Rose Center for Earth and Space

Allow your little ones to explore all that the universe has to discover with a gateway into the cosmos. Exhibits like the Hayden Planetarium will open up your child’s mind to the mysteries of the universe and foster a long lasting love of discovery and learning.

Museum of Natural History – Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs

While the museum offers exhibits for kids of all ages, the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs has been a favorite with young children since before the prehistoric beasts roamed the planet. Satisfy your child’s love of fossils and learning with a permanent exhibit that they’ll be begging to return to again and again.

Modern Art Museums

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

One of The City’s most popular museums celebrates the unlimited potential and styles that modern art explores, all under one roof. Current exhibits include the more experimental works of Degas, an innovation on the Polaroid in the form of an Instant Camera, and a restoration and rediscovery of Universal Pictures films from between 1928 and 1937.

New Museum

Manhattan’s only museum dedicated solely to contemporary art, the New Museum has been repeatedly praised for its adventurousness and spirit as it showcases some of the most unique and daring pieces of art in the world within it’s ever changing walls.

History Museums

American Museum of Natural History

America’s premiere natural history museum features a healthy rotation of traveling exhibits while also showcasing its own incredible permanent exhibits geared toward thrilling visitors of all ages. Dinosaur halls thrill youngsters and enthusiasts alike while the halls of birds, reptiles, and forests offer insight into the natural world around us.

Museum of the City of New York

Since its inception in 1920, the MCNY has been gathering the best of New York’s photos, art, and objects together in one place in order to preserve and showcase the vibrant history created along its busy streets. Explore the past of America’s greatest city and see the pieces of the past that helped shaped New York into the vibrant cultural hub that it is today.

Fine Arts Museums

Metropolitan Museum of Art

As one of the world’s largest museums, the Met has over 13 acres of art spanning over 5,000 years of history spread out across its many walls. Discover relics and treasures from every corner of history alongside some of the most famous and controversial paintings in the world within the walls of this 19th century neo-classical institution.

The Frick Collection

Known for its extensive collection of Grand Master paintings and incredible examples of European sculpture and decorative arts, this former residence of Henry Clay Frick is a work of art in itself as one of New York’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions. The Frick offers more than simple artwork as it continues a rich tradition of special exhibitions and an acclaimed concert series, as well as encouraging the continued research into the history of art around the world and it’s collection and preservation.

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Kentucky Derby Party at Mad46

The Roosevelt is off to the races with the annual mad46 Kentucky Derby Event sponsored by Woodford Reserve, this Saturday, May 7th. With midtown Manhattan’s very own grandstand seated atop the Grande Dame of New York, you can bask in the spirit of Louisville without ever leaving the city.

Once the doors open at 3:30 pm, all bets are off. Guests will be dressed to impress in traditional Derby attire as mad46 begets an atmosphere of southern hospitality within its rooftop walls. Every year the best dressed individuals are presented with their own awards, leading to some of the most elaborate and authentic derby attire north of the Mason Dixon. There are even awards for best the best hat!

derby hat party
Sabrina, the 2015 winner for best hat at the Derby Party!

Mingle and get your picture with the derby photographer or simply relax and watch the race unfold on one of several large screens positioned all over the rooftop, all while sipping a traditional Woodford Reserve Mint Julep, the official drink of the race. And, once the race concludes, extend your celebration into the night with a live DJ from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Specialty cocktails are available throughout the event as well as specialty wines served by the glass or bottle. Mad46’s excellent chefs will also be dressing their food to the nines with a specialty menu just for the derby featuring bourbon glazed wings, fried green tomato BLT sliders, Kentucky dusted shrimp and Kansas City braised beef brisket sliders. Whether you’re familiar with the derby or a first time attendee, there’s no better venue to watch the running of the roses than with mad46.

As the races keep running, mad46 will continue to celebrate, so keep an eye out for updates and mark your calendar accordingly. The Preakness thunders into The Roosevelt on May 21st, with a celebration riding on its heels that’s not to be missed.

This season at mad46 is just getting started, and with a full list of upcoming events and specials, there’s no better time to experience New York from above. No matter where you’re from, now is the time to discover why life in the city is better on top.

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