Families can honor and celebrate our nation’s military in New York City this May when Fleet Week 2015 comes to the city on Wednesday. Running May 20 to 26, 2015, Fleet Week will be filled with family-friendly events every day, from military band concerts to Navy dive demos to parades and more. And for families who are coming from further away, hotels are celebrating the event, as well, with special rates.
Kick off Fleet Week today and tomorrow with military band concerts at 9 a.m. today at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York; 4 p.m. today at the Brooklyn Central Library; and at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow in Bryant Park.
On Wednesday, watch nine ships sail the Hudson River in the Parade of Ships at 10 a.m. and gear up for Thursday, when the daylong events begin. Thursday is Marine Day at Bryant Park with demonstrations and performances from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Families are also invited Pier 82 in Manhattan for a free tours of U.S. Naval Academy Yard Patrol boats. Visit Pier 95 after the ship tours for the “Walk of Heroes” reenactment, which tells the story of 37 major league baseball players who served in WWII.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday enjoy all the same ship tours, plus military band concerts in Times Square with performances by U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine and U.S. Coast Guard bands.
On Monday – Memorial Day – head to Brooklyn for the 147th Kings County Memorial Day Parade. The Parade runs from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and begins at 101 Street and 4th Avenue.
Fleet Week ends on Tuesday, May 26, and families are invited to send off the ships and our military members as they depart from the New York Harbor and USS The Sullivans Pier in Staten Island.
Where to Stay
Veterans, military families and guests visiting Fleet Week can look to historic properties throughout New York City for comfortable accommodations and discounted rates this year.
The Maritime Hotel opened in 1968 and has a nautical theme in honor of the National Maritime Union, which it houses onsite. This year, veterans and active duty military personnel receive discounted nightly rates from $195 when they stay between May 22 and May 25, 2015. Use code SEAVET when booking.
The Jane is even older – built in 1908 – and the hotel has had historic figures stay in its rooms over the years; the survivors from the Titanic stayed at the Jane in 1912. This year, families can enjoy rates from just $115 per night during Fleet Week.
For more information and a full schedule of events and locations, visit the Fleet Week New York website.
— Hilarey Wojtowicz