The idea of Fleet Week San Diego is to honor and celebrate the men and women of the military with a series of public events and entertainment. It was first held in 1935, as part of the California Pacific International Exposition. The parade under the command of U.S. Navy Admiral Joseph M. Reeves included 114 warships and 400 military planes. About 3,000 commissioned officers and 55,000 enlisted men took part. The great public support of Fleet Week led to it being held on a regular basis with many diverse activities for active duty military, veterans and the general public.
Ship tours are available for free to the public on certain days, and it is usually one of the main attractions of Fleet Week.
Other events open to the public include a Military Family Tailgate, a golf tournament, and much more. The Innovation Zone at the Port Pavilion Building will have plenty of high-tech focused displays.