Thousands of military personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy and Marines are taking a bite of the Big Apple during the 29th 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 30. 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 one Royal Canadian rolled into the city.

Nearly 3,700 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate this year. Ship tours will be conducted daily throughout the week in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), which will be closed for tours on Sunday, May 28 due to cruise ship operations. Ship tours on Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86, will be open Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

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