Fleet Week is America’s premier tribute and “thank you” to the men and women who serve in the armed forces. This year's New York Fleet Week celebrates the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the festivities will include a movie premiere and a Grucci fireworks display.
Fleet Week will also feature dozens of military demonstrations and displays throughout the week, as well as public tours of ships, a Memorial Day ceremony, and more.
Look for the military men and women in uniform on the streets of New York to say thank you in person.
This year’s special events and performances include:
- Wednesday, May 23:
Fleet Week kicks off with the traditional parade of ships from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. In the evening, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host the world premiere of Columbia Pictures’ Men in Black™ 3 at AMC Empire 25 (234 West 42nd Street) and an after-party on the flight deck of the Intrepid on Pier 86 (46 Street and 12 Avenue, Manhattan) featuring stars from the movie, live musical performances, an open bar, and a spectacular Grucci fireworks disply. Admission to the premiere and after-party is $150 per person ($125 for Intrepid museum members).
- Thursday, May 24:
Visiting ships at Piers 90 and 92 open for public tours and will remain open daily from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM throughout Fleet Week.
- Friday, May 25:
Celebrate U.S. Marine Corps Day in Battery Park from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. At the Intrepid, enjoy a Fleet Week Broadway showcase with performances by stars of shows including Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rock of Ages, and Sister Act from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.
At 7:30 PM, the Intrepid Summer Movie Series kicks off its series of free public film screenings on the flight deck with a screening of Top Gun. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Saturday, May 26:
Take an island cruise. Visit Governors Island for the Governors Island Family Fest or head to Staten Island for the Staten Island Music Festival.
At the Intrepid, cheer on visiting members of the Armed Forces as they compete in tug of war tournament from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM on Pier 86. Then, see Sesame Street Muppets Elmo, Rosita and Gordon perform live at 12:15 PM.
- Sunday, May 27:
Hear military bands play in Times Square from 2:00-5:00 PM.
At the Intrepid, enjoy an afternoon of live music by Travis and the Longhorns, Sistas, and George Gee Swing Orchestra.
- Monday, May 28:
Memorial Day commemoration ceremony will take place on the Intrepid from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM. The service will include the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag on Intrepid’s flight deck, the playing of Taps, a ceremonial wreath laying, 3-volley rifle salute and a military flyover. Free with price of admission to the museum.
See the full Fleet Week 2012 schedule of events.
See the full schedule of Fleet Week events at the U.S.S. Intrepid.