Fleet Week 2009


Today marks the start of Fleet Week in 2009! Go show your support and gratitude!

What is Fleet Week?

Since 1984, New York City has held Fleet Week to honor the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The week features extensive military demonstrations, as well as the opportunity for the public to tour some of the visiting ships. The Memorial Day commemoration is a highlight of the week’s festivities, featuring the singing of Taps and a military aircraft fly over in honor of those who lost their lives in service to the United States.


What Is There To Do During Fleet Week?

  • Tour visiting ships
  • lectures
  • watch the parade of ships in the harbor
  • watch competitions, including tug of war and eating contests
  • Memorial Day ceremony
  • musical performances by sailors and marines


2009 Fleet Week Schedule of Events:

  • Wednesday, May 20 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Parade of Ships

    Where: Along the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan

  • Thursday, May 21
    • 9 a.m. – noon

      USMC Air/Ground Demo

      tactical insertion / extraction of helicopter borne, combat equipped Marines into a landing zone, static displays

      Where: Coney Island, Brooklyn

    • 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

      Marine Day in Central Park

      Bands, static displays, martial arts demos, military working dogs

      Where: Central Park – 5th Ave. & 72nd Street

    • 11 a.m.-noon

      USCG Search and Rescue Demo

      Location: Stapleton Pier, Staten Island

    • 3-5 p.m.

      USMC Air/Ground Demonstration

      Where: Central Park
  • Friday, May 22
    • 9 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

      Reenlistment / Promotion Ceremony

      Where: World Trade Center

    • 10 a.m.–noon

      USMC Display

      Aviation and personnel equipment

      Where: Orchard Beach/Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

    • 11 a.m. – noon

      Iwo Jima Wreath Laying

      Where: Intrepid Museum
  • Saturday, May 23
    • 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m.

      Tug Of War – USN vs. USMC on the NBC Today Show

      Where: Rockefeller Plaza, 49th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues, Manhattan.

    • 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

      USMC Day in Times Square

      bands, static displays, martial arts demos, military working dogs

      Where: 7th Ave & 46th St.

    • 10 a.m.-noon

      USMC Air/Ground Demo

      Where: Eisenhower Park, Long Island

    • 3-5 p.m.

      USMC Air/Ground Demo

      Where: Clove Lake Park, Staten Island

    • 5-8 p.m.

      USMC Band Performances

      Where: Central Park Band Shell
  • Sunday, May 24
    • 10 a.m.-noon

      USMC Air/Ground Demos

      Where: Intrepid Museum

    • noon-4 p.m.

      Intrepid Band Performances

      Where: Intrepid Museum

    • 3-4 p.m.

      Intrepid Best Chow Contest

      Where: Intrepid Museum

    • 5-7 p.m.

      USMC Air/Ground Demo

      Where: Playland Park, Rye NY
  • Monday, May 25
    • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

      USMC Air/Ground Demo

      Where: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

    • 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

      Kings County Memorial Day Parade

      Where: 3rd Ave & 87th St, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

    • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

      Glendale Memorial Day Parade

      Where: Ridgewood / Glendale, NY

    • Noon-3 p.m.

      Staten Island Memorial Day Parade

      Where: Hart Blvd & Forest Ave, Staten Island

    • 1-2 p.m.

      Manhattan Memorial Day Parade

      Where: Broadway & Dyckman Streets, Manhattan

    • 2-5 p.m.

      Memorial Day Parade – Bronx City Island

      Where: City Island, Bronx
  • Tuesday, May 26 from 9-11 a.m.

    USMC Air/Ground Demo

    Where: Westbury High School, Long Island

  • Wednesday, May 27

    Ships and service members depart New York City

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