Your guide to 2019 Fleet Week in Brooklyn

May 21, 2019 Mary Frost
Electronics Technician 3rd Class Samuel Gordon conducts a Memorial Day tour of the guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto in Brooklyn during Fleet Week New York 2017. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cole Keller

2019 Fleet Week New York is a great opportunity to meet sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, celebrate the holiday weekend and visit some amazing Navy vessels.

Fleet Week, now in its 31st year, revs into high gear on Wednesday with the annual Parade of Ships, where the inspiring vessels sail up the Hudson River, past the Statue of Liberty, and to their berths in various boroughs. You can view them at sites along the Hudson from Battery Park to just south of the George Washington Bridge on Manhattan’s west side. In Brooklyn, Bay Ridge, Sunset Park and Red Hook offer the best views.

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The Eagle visits the USS New York. Check it out!

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Roughly 2,600 sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are part of the event this year. Five U.S. Navy ships, three U.S. Coast Guard cutters, four U.S. Naval Academy Yard Patrol boats, one Military Sealift Command ship and two Royal Canadian Navy vessels will participate.

Navy ships will be open to the public from May 22-28. Fleet Week also includes a weekend full of exhibits, military band concerts, aviation events and Memorial Day observances. “World War I” will be included as a special theme this year.

We’ve rounded up the best ways to get the most out of this week in Brooklyn.

Lance Cpl. Dalton Mundy poses for a photo with a young fan at Marine Day in Prospect Park during Fleet Week New York 2017. The Marines will be returning to Prospect Park on Saturday. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Erasmo Cortez III
Lance Cpl. Dalton Mundy poses for a photo with a young fan at Marine Day in Prospect Park during Fleet Week New York 2017. The Marines will be returning to Prospect Park on Saturday. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Erasmo Cortez III

Saturday, May 25

Marine Day displays and demos

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Don’t miss a full day of U.S. Marine Corps and Navy aviation displays, personnel equipment, Marine Corp vehicles, a mixed martial arts program, military working dog demonstrations and more.

Free. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Prospect Park

Marine Day musical performance

U.S. Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment, including the world famous USMC Silent Drill Platoon and Drum and Bugle Corps will perform.

 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in Prospect Park

Sunday, May 26

Ship tours

Take a tour of the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Hué City. Electronic smoking devices are prohibited — so leave your Juul at home, otherwise it will get confiscated. All guests over the age of 18 will be required to show a valid photo I.D.

Free, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook

Fleet Week Follies

Actors Andrew Rannells and Celia Keenan-Bolger will host this one-day festival of music, food and family activities, inspired by the legacy of the Stage Door Canteen. The event is free to military members, reserve and veterans, their families and caregivers, with non-military attendance available on stand-by.

1 – 8:30 p.m. at National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St. 

Military should register here

Monday, May 27 

Ship tours (round two!) 

If you missed it on Sunday: Take a tour of the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Hué City. (Again, remember to leave e-cigarettes at home.) All guests over the age of 18 will be required to show a valid photo I.D.

Free, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook

Memorial Day Parade

Brooklyn’s 152nd Annual Kings County Memorial Day Parade kicks off at Third Avenue and 78th Street and ends at John Paul Jones Park at 101st Street and Fourth Avenue, with a memorial service honoring fallen soldiers. The service includes wreath laying, flag raising, taps, a 21-gun salute by the Veteran Corps of Artillery and a performance from 369th Experience. Former State Sen. Marty Golden is the grand marshal this year.

Free, 11 a.m. at Third Avenue at 78th Street

For up-to-date information on all Fleet Week events, including those in other boroughs, visit the official website at www.fleetweeknewyork.com, or follow @FleetWeekNYC on Twitter.

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