Fleet Week 2016

Sailors descend upon NYC for Fleet Week from May 25-31, 2016

The Parade Of Ships Marks Start Of New York's Fleet Week
••• The Parade Of Ships Marks Start Of New York's Fleet Week. Chris Hondros/Getty Images

2016 Fleet Week Event Schedule
USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Visitors Guide

What is Fleet Week?

Since 1984, New York City has held Fleet Week to honor the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The week features extensive military demonstrations, as well as the opportunity for the public to tour some of the visiting ships. The Memorial Day commemoration is a highlight of the week's festivities, featuring the singing of Taps and a military aircraft fly over in honor of those who lost their lives in service to the United States.

What Is There To Do During Fleet Week?

  • Tour visiting ships
  • lectures
  • watch the parade of ships in the harbor
  • watch competitions, including tug of war and eating contests
  • Memorial Day ceremony
  • musical performances by sailors and marines

2016 Fleet Week Event Schedule:

All events are free and open to the public unless they are held at the USS Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, which means you'll need to buy tickets to enter the museum (though admission to the Intrepid is free for active and retired military). All events are held in Manhattan, unless otherwise indicated.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Event: Parade of Ships from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • The Parade of Ships will signal the start of 2016 Fleet Week New York. Participating ships will be announced at a later date. It is anticipated that nearly 4,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate in this year's event.

Event: Navy Band Concert at 5 p.m.
Location: Pier A, 22 Battery Place | Manhattan, New York

  • Navy Band Northeast Rhode Island Sound will perform a public concert at Pier A near Harbor House in Battery Park.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Event: General Public Ship Tours
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Lines may be capped at 3 p.m.)

  • Manhattan:
    Pier 88S: USS Bataan (LHD 5)
    Pier 92S: HMCS Athabaskan (D 282), HMCS Kingston (MM 700), HMCS Moncton (MM 708)
    *Pier 86N (Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum): USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM 552) (*Tours will begin at 10 a.m.)
  • Brooklyn Cruise Terminal:
    USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USCGC Forward (WMEC 911)
  • Homeport Pier (Staten Island):
    USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Shamal (PC 13)

Event: USO Bike Build
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

  • USO volunteers will assemble 300 bikes that will be distributed to service members on ships/units participating in Fleet Week New York for their children at home. Event is open to the public for viewing, but will not open for public participation.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Event: General Public Ship Tours
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Lines may be capped at 3 p.m.)

  • Manhattan:
    Pier 88S: USS Bataan (LHD 5)
    Pier 92S: HMCS Athabaskan (D 282), HMCS Kingston (MM 700), HMCS Moncton (MM 708)
    *Pier 86N (Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum): USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM 552) (*Tours will begin at 10 a.m.)
  • Brooklyn Cruise Terminal:
    USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USCGC Forward (WMEC 911)
  • Homeport Pier (Staten Island):
    USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Shamal (PC 13)

Event: U.S. Navy Stewards of the Sea Environmental & Energy Exhibits
Location: Pier 88S | Manhattan, New York & Brooklyn Cruise Terminal | Brooklyn, New York
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • The U.S. Navy Stewards of the Sea environmental and energy exhibits will be on display to showcase the Navy's initiatives in environmental stewardship and energy conservation. "Stewie," the Navy's environmental mascot, will be available for photo opportunities.

    Event: U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team Performance from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
    Location: Military Island, Pedestrian Plaza between 42nd and 43rd streets (Times Square) | Manhattan, New York

    • The U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team will perform on Military Island in Times Square. Event is free and open to the public.

    Event: Joint Re-enlistment/Promotions Ceremony at 2 p.m.
    Location: National September 11 Memorial Museum, 180 Greenwich St | Manhattan, New York

    • Service members will participate in a re-enlistment and promotion ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum in Manhattan. Event is free and open to the public.

    Event: Navy Band Concert/Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard Silent Drill Team from 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Military Island, Pedestrian Plaza between 42nd and 43rd streets (Times Square) | Manhattan, New York

    • Navy Band Northeast will perform on Military Island in Times Square, along with the U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard Silent Drill Team.

    Saturday, May 28, 2016

    Event: Military Day at Battery Park from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Location: Battery Park | Manhattan, New York

    • Event will include military band performances, boot camp-style exercise session, military static displays, demonstrations, and more.

    Event: General Public Ship Tours
    Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Lines may be capped at 3 p.m.)

    • Manhattan:
      Pier 88S: USS Bataan (LHD 5)
      Pier 92S: HMCS Athabaskan (D 282), HMCS Kingston (MM 700), HMCS Moncton (MM 708)
      *Pier 86N (Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum): USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM 552) (*Tours will begin at 10 a.m.)
    • Brooklyn Cruise Terminal:
      USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USCGC Forward (WMEC 911)
    • Homeport Pier (Staten Island):
      USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Shamal (PC 13)

    Event: U.S. Navy Stewards of the Sea Environmental & Energy Exhibits
    Location: Pier 88S | Manhattan, New York & Brooklyn Cruise Terminal | Brooklyn, New York
    Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    • The U.S. Navy Stewards of the Sea environmental and energy exhibits will be on display to showcase the Navy's initiatives in environmental stewardship and energy conservation. "Stewie," the Navy's environmental mascot, will be available for photo opportunities.

    Event: U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team Performance from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

    Location: Military Island, Pedestrian Plaza between 42nd and 43rd streets (Times Square) | Manhattan, New York

    • The U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team will perform on Military Island in Times Square.

    Event: VFW Post#5195 Street Party from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Location: 325 Van Brunt St. | Brooklyn, New York

    • VFW Post#5195 will host a Street Party in honor of Fleet Week. A wreath laying ceremony will take place in honor of Memorial Day.

    Event: U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team Performance from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
    Location: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86N | Manhattan, New York

    • The U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team will perform on Pier 86N in Manhattan.

    Event: U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration from 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Location: Homeport Pier | Staten Island, New York

    • In conjunction with Fleet Week New York, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter will conduct a Search and Rescue demonstration over open water near the Homeport Pier in Staten Island on May 28, from noon to 12:30 p.m. During the demonstration, a Coast Guard rescue crew will drop a mannequin into the water to simulate a person in distress. A rescue swimmer will then jump into the water to secure the mannequin. Both the rescue swimmer and the mannequin are then lifted securely back into the helicopter, and the helicopter will depart the area.

    Event: Fleet Week Regatta from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Location: Liberty Harbor, 11 Marin Blvd. | Jersey City, New Jersey

    • The Manhattan Yacht Club will host the inaugural Fleet Week Regatta in the New York Harbor. The regatta will finish at the Statue of Liberty.

    Event: Navy Band Concert from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m
    Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1, 102 Furman St. | Brooklyn, New York

    • U.S. Fleet Forces Brass Band will perform a public concert in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

    Event: Navy Band Concert at 4 p.m.
    Location: Military Island, Pedestrian Plaza between 42nd and 43rd streets (Times Square) | Manhattan, New York

    • Navy Band Northeast Rhode Island Sound will perform on Military Island in Times Square.

    Sunday, May 29, 2016

    Event: General Public Ship Tours
    Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Lines may be capped at 3 p.m.)

    1. Manhattan:
      Pier 88S: USS Bataan (LHD 5)
      Pier 92S: HMCS Athabaskan (D 282), HMCS Kingston (MM 700), HMCS Moncton (MM 708)
      *Pier 86N (Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum): USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM 552) (*Tours will begin at 10 a.m.)
    2. Brooklyn Cruise Terminal:
      USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USCGC Forward (WMEC 911)
    3. Homeport Pier (Staten Island):
      USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Shamal (PC 13)

    Event: U.S. Navy Stewards of the Sea Environmental & Energy Exhibits
    Location: Brooklyn Cruise Terminal | Brooklyn, New York
    Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    • The U.S. Navy Stewards of the Sea environmental and energy exhibits will be on display to showcase the Navy's initiatives in environmental stewardship and energy conservation. "Stewie," the Navy's environmental mascot, will be available for photo opportunities.

    Event: Greenpoint Veterans Memorial Parade
    Location: 519 Leonard St. | Brooklyn, New York
    Time: 9 a.m.

    • Service members will participate in the annual parade hosted by American Legion Post#1771.

    Event: U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team Performance from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Location: Military Island, Pedestrian Plaza between 42nd and 43rd streets (Times Square) | Manhattan, New York

    • The U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team will perform at Military Island in Times Square.

    Event: Fleet Week at Liberty State Park from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Location: Liberty State Park | Jersey City, New Jersey

    • Event will include the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, The Leap Frogs; singing of the national anthem; U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps band performances; U.S. Navy helo demonstration with EOD fast rope; U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team performance; U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue demonstration; military static displays; and much more. Click here for the event flyer.

    Event: Brooklyn War Memorial Honors 2016 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    Location: Brooklyn War Memorial, 195 Cadman Plaza W | Brooklyn, New York

    • Brooklyn War Memorial Honors 2016 will honor the living NY WWII veterans and conduct a wreath laying. Brooklyn lost 11,500 soldiers during WWII.

    Event: U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration from 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Liberty State Park | Jersey City, New Jersey

    • In conjunction with Fleet Week New York, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter will conduct a Search and Rescue demonstration over open water near Liberty State Park on May 29, from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. During the demonstration, a Coast Guard rescue crew will drop a mannequin into the water to simulate a person in distress. A rescue swimmer will then jump into the water to secure the mannequin. Both the rescue swimmer and the mannequin are then lifted securely back into the helicopter, and the helicopter will depart the area.

    Event: Navy Band Concert at 4 p.m.
    Location: Military Island, Pedestrian Plaza between 42nd and 43rd streets (Times Square) | Manhattan, New York

    • U.S. Fleet Forces Brass Band will perform on Military Island in Times Square.

    Monday, May 30, 2016 (Memorial Day)

    Event: General Public Ship Tours
    Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Lines may be capped at 3 p.m. | Events are free and open to the public.

    1. Manhattan:
      Pier 88S: USS Bataan (LHD 5)
      Pier 92S: HMCS Athabaskan (D 282), HMCS Kingston (MM 700), HMCS Moncton (MM 708)
      *Pier 86N (Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum): USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM 552) (*Tours will begin at 10 a.m.)
    2. Brooklyn Cruise Terminal:
      USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USCGC Forward (WMEC 911)
    3. Homeport Pier (Staten Island):
      USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43), USS Shamal (PC 13)

    Event: U.S. Navy Stewards of the Sea Environmental & Energy Exhibits
    Location: Pier 88S | Manhattan, New York & Brooklyn Cruise Terminal | Brooklyn, New York
    Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    • The U.S. Navy Stewards of the Sea environmental and energy exhibits will be on display to showcase the Navy's initiatives in environmental stewardship and energy conservation. "Stewie," the Navy's environmental mascot, will be available for photo opportunities.

    Event: Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Day Observance

    Location: Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Riverside Dr. & 89th Street | Manhattan, New York
    Time: 10 a.m.

    • Annual Memorial Day Commemoration Ceremony will take place at Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument in Manhattan. This year's event will commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the death of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.

    Event: 147th Kings County Memorial Day Parade

    Location: 101 St. & 4th Ave. | Brooklyn, New York at 11 a.m.

    • Service members will participate in the annual parade.

    Event: Intrepid Memorial Day Commemoration
    Location: 101 St. & 4th Ave. | Brooklyn, New York at 11:30 a.m.

    • Honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Join hundreds of veterans, representing wars and conflicts from WWII to the present, at the Intrepid Museum’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony. This ceremony will include the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag, the playing of taps, a ceremonial wreath-laying and a three-volley rifle salute. The event will take place on Pier 86. Visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum website for more details.

    Event: Staten Island Memorial Day Parade
    Location: Forest Ave. | Staten Island, New York at 12 p.m.

    • Service members will participate in the annual parade.

    Event: Annual New York Mets/USO Military Appreciation Day
    Location: Citi Field | Flushing, New York at 1:10 p.m.

    • New York Mets and the USO of New York will host the annual Military Appreciation Day. Mets will take on the Chicago White Sox. Events will include: first pitch, military enlistment, national anthem, flyover, U.S. Navy Parachute Team "The Leap Frogs" demonstration, and more. Tickets required!

    Event: U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration
    Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    Location: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86N | Manhattan, New York

    • In conjunction with Fleet Week New York, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter will conduct a Search and Rescue demonstration over open water near the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Pier 86N on May 30, from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. During the demonstration, a Coast Guard rescue crew will drop a mannequin into the water to simulate a person in distress. A rescue swimmer will then jump into the water to secure the mannequin. Both the rescue swimmer and the mannequin are then lifted securely back into the helicopter, and the helicopter will depart the area. Event is free and open to the public.

    Event: City Island Memorial Day Parade
    Location: City Island | Bronx, New York
    Time: 2:30 p.m.

    • Service members will participate in the annual parade hosted by American Legion Post# 156.

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016

    Event: Ships depart
    Time: TBD