Fleet Week in New York 2024

Fleet Week in New York

Fleet Week in New York is the annual, week-long tradition that takes place at the end of May and promotes the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. During Fleet Week, large naval vessels dock at the New York Passenger Ship Terminal on the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan and stay for a week. You can admire these big ships from the various piers. You can also take a guided tour of the ships. Wave to the sailors, Marines, and Coast Guard members, as well as see military demonstrations and air shows!

See here which ships you can visit for free in 2024

What can you do during Fleet Week?

Are you a fan of technological innovations or just want to see an impressive large military ship up close? Then you should definitely go and visit one of the ships! It’s great for children too and there are lots of things to do onboard. You could also visit the Intrepid Museum during Fleet Week. You’ll need to purchase tickets to visit the museum.

Fleet Week in New York - Intrepid Museum Fleet Week in New York - Piers

There is also a parade of ships to mark the official beginning of Fleet Week. The parade enters the New York Harbor from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. You can watch the parade of ships from along the New York Harbor or Battery Park and Hudson River Park in Manhattan.

When is Fleet Week in New York?

The event lasts a week and is always around the same time of the year. In 2024 Fleet Week will be held from May 22nd to May 28th. The boats will be accessible from Thursday until Tuesday from 08:00 to 17:00.

Fleet Week in New York - Sailors Fleet Week in New York - Fleet Week in May

Fleet Week’s History

The very first Fleet Week was organised in 1935 as part of the California Pacific International Exposition. It was the time between the First and Second World Wars, and President Roosevelt wanted to respond to the global conflicts by increasing the U.S. Navy, just like Germany and Japan did. During the first Fleet Week in San Diego, there was a big turnout of military ships and aircraft. The first Fleet Week in New York was held in 1982.

Memorial Day always falls during Fleet Week. Memorial Day is the day when all of the men and women who served in the army are honoured.

Eric’s Tip: “I advise you to head to the ships early, especially if you want to visit one. Since the queues can be very long, it is possible people are sent away from queueing before the official closure time of the ship. You can’t buy any food on any of the boats: there are enough places to choose from at the various piers.”

Fleet Week in New York - Ship

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