Fleet Week Returns to NYC with Ship Tours and Aerial Displays
Anchors aweigh! After budget cuts necessitated that Fleet Week NYC go on hold for 2013, the week-long event is returning for 2014. Starting tomorrow (May 21) through May 27, New York's waterfront and tourist centers will be crawling with the Navy, Coast Guard and Marines as their ships welcome the public.
Fleet Week is a chance for New York City to recognize the contributions of the US military around Memorial Day, and also to appreciate the city's advantageous location on a beautiful harbor. Events include fighter jet flyovers and other aerial displays, ship tours, live music performances, special days at the city's ballparks and, of course, hoards of sailors in their dress whites
carousing on their best behavior around town.
View the full schedule, but we'd most recommend heading out to Battery Park or your favorite harbor viewing spot for the Parade of Ships, 8-11am tomorrow, as Navy and Coast Guard vessels sail into sight before docking. Ship tours are also a huge attraction, and they begin Thursday and run through the 26th, before the fleet departs on the 27th.
The full list of participating ships for tours is on the official Fleet Week site, but do know that their locations range from convenient (Manhattan's Pier 92) to the other side of the harbor, on Staten Island.
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