Thousands of military personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and Marines are taking a bite of the Big Apple during the 25th annual Fleet Week. In exchange, civilians are getting the opportunity to explore the world of America’s military sea services by touring military vessels, attending air shows and other demonstrations during the Memorial Day weekend.
Kicking off this week, Fleet Week activities go through May 30. On Wednesday, over 20 vessels ,including USS Wasp and USS San Jacinto, participated in the Parade of Ships. The USS Wasp and Roosevelt will be docked in Manhattan, piers 90 and 92.
All other U.S. Navy ships will be docked at Sullivan’s Homeport Pier in Staten Island. The U.S. Coast Guard’s signature ship, Eagle, will be docked at Pier 90 in Manhattan, while additional Coast Guard cutters and coalition ships, will be docked in Brooklyn at the Port Authority Piers.
Ships are open every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Manhattan, Staten Island and Brooklyn. Several air demonstrations will also take place during Fleet Week throughout the city, Long Island and New Jersey.
On Saturday, military personnel are taking over Times Square for Military Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature performances from the Navy Band NE and the USMC Band. Military bands will perform again on Sunday in Times Square from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Several events are scheduled on Memorial Day including parades in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island.
Fleet Week 2012 also celebrates the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Earlier this week, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen visited Fredrick Douglas Academy in Harlem to share their experiences of serving in the maritime services and educated students on the War of 1812.
Log onto www.fleetweeknewyork.com for the full schedule of activities.