Fleet Week, a celebration dedicated to U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps, has been taking place in New York City annually since 1984. Despite the impression created by a certain episode of Sex and the City, Fleet Week isn't only an opportunity for single ladies to meet attractive sailors. It's also a chance to watch the parade of ships and huge aircraft carriers, enormous warships, and historic boats. And then there's the demonstration of today's maritime services' capabilities. And, of course, the Flagship Brewery's Fleet Week Music Festival where you can enjoy the music of local bands, dance, and buy a pint of beer for an officer. Fleet Week NYC usually occurs in late May, thus, it falls on Memorial Day Weekend.
Fleet Week program includes military static displays and performances, free public ship tours, and military helicopters landing at parks and public schools to demonstrate the skilled expertise of the U.S. maritime services. The annual Parade of Ships officially opens the Fleet Week on Wednesday. For a more detailed schedule of the events, keep an eye on the FWNY social media pages.
A range of venues host the weeklong programme of the NYC Fleet Week in Manhattan, Staten Island, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.