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Fleet Week NYC and Parade of Ships guide for 2023

Honor the seafaring wing of the United States armed forces during Fleet Week NYC with these events and services.

Shaye Weaver
Rossilynne Skena Culgan
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Shaye Weaver
Rossilynne Skena Culgan

The Parade of Ships will return to NYC in May for Fleet Week!

Fleet Week’s flotilla of ships on the Hudson River, military demonstrations and parties are how we mark the beginning of summer fun here in New York City. 

In our guide to the annual affair, we share everything you need to know.

For things to do this Memorial Day, be sure to check our guide.

What is Fleet Week?

Fleet Week is a seven-day celebration honoring the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. Nearly 2,400 military personnel will participate in this time-honored celebration of the sea services, which is celebrating its 35th year in NYC.

When is Fleet Week NYC?

The 35th annual Fleet Week in NYC will take place from May 24, 2023 to May 30, 2023.

Where is Fleet Week NYC?

A range of New York venues host the weeklong itinerary of events for Fleet Week, including Pier 88 North, Pier 88 South, Pier 90 North, Pier 86, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, and Times Square in Manhattan. Plus, Homeport Pier an Miller Field in Staten Island. Here's the full event calendar.

Where can I visit the Navy ships during Fleet Week? 

Tour the ships all week long at the following locations:

Manhattan, Pier 88 South:
— Amphibious assault ship, USS WASP (LHD-1) from Norfolk, Virginia
Note: Closed on Sunday.

Manhattan, Pier 88 North:
— Ocean survey vessel HMS Scott (H131) from Plymouth, United Kingdom
Note: Closed on Sunday.

Manhattan, Pier 90 North:
— HMCS Glace Bay (MM 701) from Nova Scotia, Canada
— ITS Virginio Fasan (F 591) from La Spezia, Italy

Manhattan, Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86:
— Four U.S. Naval Academy YPs, Annapolis, Maryland
— Fast response cutter USCGC Warren Deyampert (WPC-1151) from Boston, Massachusetts

Homeport Pier, Staten Island:
— The Harpers Ferry-class dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) from Norfolk, Virginia
— Spearhead class fast transport USNS Newport (T-EPF 12) from Norfolk Virginia
— Medium Endurance cutter USCGC Legare (WMEC-912) from Portsmouth, Virginia

Ships are open from 8-5am daily, except for tours on the Intrepid which run from 10am-5pm daily.

What is the Parade of Ships?

On Wednesday, May 24, the boats cruise into NYC, and it's a sight to see. This year, except to see three U.S. Navy ships, two U.S. Coast guard vessels and four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats (YPs). Additionally, three ships from NATO allies will join in. Ships from Canada, Italy and United Kingdom will sail in the Parade of Ships. 

The parade runs between 7:45am to 11am. You can see the ships along the Hudson River from Battery Park to just south of the George Washington Bridge. The event is free to the public to view.

Fleet Week NYC events