What is Fleet Week?:
Since 1984, New York City has held Fleet Week to honor the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The week features extensive military demonstrations, as well as the opportunity for the public to tour some of the visiting ships. The Memorial Day commemoration is a highlight of the week's festivities, featuring the singing of Taps and a military aircraft fly over in honor of those who lost their lives in service to the United States.
What Is There To Do During Fleet Week?:
- Tour visiting ships
- watch the parade of ships in the harbor
- watch competitions, including tug of war and eating contests
- Memorial Day ceremony
- musical performances by sailors and marines
Fleet Week Event Schedule:
All events are free, unless they are held at the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, which means you'll need to buy tickets to enter the museum (though admission to the Intrepid is free for active and retired military). All events are held in Manhattan, unless otherwise indicated.
2012 Fleet Week Schedule of Events:
Complete Schedule of 2012 Fleet Week Events