Thousands of military personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and Marines are taking a bite of the Big Apple during the 28th Annual Fleet Week. Civilians are also getting the opportunity 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 on Wednesday, Fleet Week runs through May 31. On Wednesday, five U.S. Navy ships, four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats (YPs), two U.S. Coast Guard cutters (USCGC), and three Royal Canadian Navy ships will participate.

Nearly 4,500 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate this year. Ship tours will be conducted daily throughout the week in Manhattan,

Brooklyn and Staten Island. Ships will be open for tours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of the Intrepid Pier, which opens at 10 a.m. Lines may be capped at 3 p.m. to allow guests to finish their tours.

On Monday, a Memorial Day observance will be held at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument, Riverside Drive and 89th Street in Manhattan at 10 a.m. There will also be parades in Brooklyn and Staten Island.

For more information and full schedule of events for Fleet Week log onto www.fleetweeknewyork.com.