Established in 1984, Fleet Week honors the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The week consists of numerous military demonstrations and public tours of visiting Navy, Army and Coast Guard ships. There are also lectures, musical performances by sailors and marines, a parade of ships in the harbor, various competitions from tug of war to eating contests, and multiple displays from FDNY, Office of Naval Research, American Red Cross and more. Most of these events take place at the Intrepid Museum, but the ones that don’t are all free. The highlight of Fleet Week is the Memorial Day commemoration, which features the singing of Taps, a military aircraft fly over, and the unfurling of the 100-foot long American flag.
The Intrepid Museum is at 166 West 46th Street in New York, NY.