It’s back! Fleet Week has served as an unofficial kick-off to summer in New York City nearly every year since 1984. Approximately 3,000 Navy sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen sailed back into Manhattan this week for this year’s event. Here are some of the week’s highlights. For more information, you can visit the Official Fleet Week New York Web Site.

Visit The Ships

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Thurs. May 26 – Tue. May 23
Pier 88 (at 48th St and 12th Ave.)

U.S. Navy ships USS Iwo Jima, USCGC Willow and USCGC Tampa will be open for public visitation for the duration of Fleet Week. A fun family or individual activity, you can meet the sailors and soldiers that work and live aboard the ships.

Military Day In Times Square

Fri. May 27
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Static military displays take place all day, with a Marine Corp Band performance at 2 p.m. and a Navy Band Northeast Jazz Ensemble performance concluding the day at 5 p.m.

Marine Day In Battery Park

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The day includes displays of US Marine Corp equipment, as well as some demonstrations.

U.S. Coast Guard Search And Rescue Demonstration

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Fri. May 27
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Homeport Pier
Staten Island

Navy Helicopter And Marine Corps Air and Land Demonstrations

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Sat. May 28
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Eisenhower Park
East Meadow, NY

Military Bands Perform in Times Square


The Marine Corp band will perform from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Navy Band Northeast Popular Music Group will perform from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.