From the opening concert by the Navy Band Northeast and Parade of Ships to the last boat leaving New York Harbor, Fleet Week offers members of the Navy and Marines the opportunity to experience NYC—and gives the public the chance to meet members of today’s maritime services. You can tour Navy ships, watch military formations and see a special screening of Top Gun on the deck of the USS Intrepid. Many events are free and take place across the City’s harbors.
Below are just some of the week’s highlights. For the full list of events, visit militarynews.com.
Parade of Ships
Wednesday, May 22, 8am to noon
Fleet Week’s kickoff event affords views of the vessels along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s west side.
General Public Ship Tours
Thursday, May 23—Monday, May 27, times vary
Get an up-close view of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, along with vessels located at Manhattan’s Pier 88, the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook and Homeport Pier in Staten Island.
Navy Divers in Times Square
Thursday, May 23, 10am–5pm
See Navy divers demonstrate their skills on Military Island, right in the heart of Times Square.
Check out the portraits and stories of the US Navy members participating in Fleet Week.
US Marine Corps Martial Arts Demonstration
Friday, May 24, 3:15–3:45pm
Following the Navy demo, Marines display their know-how on Military Island in Times Square.
Movie Series at the Intrepid: Top Gun
Friday, May 24, doors open at 7pm
Watch Maverick, Goose and Iceman compete to be best in class (and execute daring aerial maneuvers) from the flight deck of the Intrepid. Admission is free but first come, first served.
Saturday, May 25, 9am–4pm
Join the Marines for activities and events in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, including a workout and a performance by the USMC Battle Color Detachment.
Family Sunday at Citi Field
Sunday, May 26, 11am–4pm
Head to Queens for an afternoon of all-ages fun. The plaza outside will feature military displays; inside, the New York Mets will take on the Detroit Tigers (starting at 1:10pm). A Navy Band Northeast singer is scheduled to perform the national anthem, and FA-18 Hornets will fly over the crowd.
4th Annual Fleet Week at Liberty State Park
Sunday, May 26, noon to 5pm
Learn about the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps’ strategic and tactical might with this afternoon’s demos and performances.
Intrepid Memorial Day Commemoration
Monday, May 27, 11am–1pm
Join veterans in honoring the men and women of the armed services.