Guide to Fleet Week 2022 in New York

NEW YORK – Fleet Week returns to New York in style this week.

It’s the first time back in New York since the pandemic began.

Officials touted the return of Fleet Week to City Hall in March.

“It’s a chance for people to get to know the military and appreciate the sacrifice they make for us every day,” said Sheila Lennon, USO executive director of New York and Connecticut.


Officials announce the return of Fleet Week to New York

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Some 3,000 sailors will flock to the city for the week-long event, and around 100,000 visitors are expected to learn what a life of service is like, tour a flotilla of ships and watch military demonstrations.

Fleet Week has been held regularly since 1984, but has been held virtually for the past two years due to the pandemic, although the Navy’s presence has been more apparent than ever, as they sent their hospital ship Comfort to support overwhelmed healthcare workers.

Fleet Week also inspires future generations and provides programs and appreciation for veterans.

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum is one of the centerpieces of Fleet Week. CBS2 will have special Fleet Week coverage starting Wednesday at 4:30 a.m.


Public Fleet Week Events

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

3rd Annual Helicopter Landing at Miller Field

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Miller Field, 600 New Dorp Ln., Staten Island

At 10 a.m., the event will begin with a “fast rope” demonstration by members of the U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Helicopter Sea Attack Squadron NINE “Tridents.” They will drop the ropes hovering helicopters and will glide over them.

Also available, a performance by the “Brass Band” of the US Fleet Forces. There will be exhibits on various parts of military history. Attendees can also take part in a pull-up challenge, meet military personnel, try out various gear, and more.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

parade of ships

Time: 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Location: New York Harbor

The Parade of Ships is the official start of Fleet Week. The ships will travel from Battery Park to near the George Washington Bridge before turning around and docking at their various locations.

Ships participating in this year’s Parade of Ships:

  • USS Bataan (LHD-5) an amphibious assault ship from Norfolk, Virginia
  • USS Milwaukee (LCS-5) a Freedom-class littoral combat ship from Mayport, Florida
  • HMS Protector (A173), United Kingdom
  • Yard Patrol Occupation from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland
  • USCGC Dependable, a medium endurance cutter from Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • USCGC Sycamore, a seagoing buoy from Newport, Rhode Island

There will be an 11-gun salute from Fort Hamilton as the USS Bataan passes.

Fleet Week at Fort Wadsworth

Time: 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Location: Fort Wadsworth Overlook, 210 New York Ave, Staten Island

Members of the public can come and enjoy a view of the parade of ships as they pass through New York Harbor.

US Marine Corps Combat Color Detachment Performance

Time: 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Location: Times Square

The US Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment will perform in Times Square in front of the red steps of the TKTS booth.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

boat trips

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Pier 88 in Manhattan and Staten Island Homeport Pier

Members of the public are invited to participate in tours of the various ships participating in Fleet Week. Note: Anyone 18+ must be prepared to show photo ID, proof of vaccinations and wear a mask. You may not take any of the following items on board: electronic smoking devices, bottles, water bottles, cans or glass containers; banners, posters or signs; mace, pepper spray or other defensive sprays or chemicals; knives, firearms, fireworks or any explosives; illegal drugs or paraphernalia; flammable liquids or aerosol cans; club weapons; and animals. All electronic devices are subject to review. Please also note that the ships themselves are not wheelchair accessible, although the pier facilities are.

Fleet Week Freedom Race

Time: 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Location: North Cove Marina at 9/11 Memorial Plaza

A 1.7 mile run through the Financial District that ends at 9/11 Memorial Plaza.

Navy diving tank in Times Square

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Times Square

Come join US Navy divers in a special diving tank in Times Square. Discover their equipment, take photos and play tic-tac-toe with them!

Friday, May 27, 2022

boat trips

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Pier 88 in Manhattan and Staten Island Homeport Pier

Members of the public are invited to participate in tours of the various ships participating in Fleet Week. Note: Anyone 18+ must be prepared to show photo ID, proof of vaccinations and wear a mask. You may not take any of the following items on board: electronic smoking devices, bottles, water bottles, cans or glass containers; banners, posters or signs; mace, pepper spray or other defensive sprays or chemicals; knives, firearms, fireworks or any explosives; illegal drugs or paraphernalia; flammable liquids or aerosol cans; club weapons; and animals. All electronic devices are subject to review. Please also note that the ships themselves are not wheelchair accessible, although the pier facilities are.

Navy diving tank in Times Square

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Times Square

Come join US Navy divers in a special diving tank in Times Square. Discover their equipment, take photos and play tic-tac-toe with them!

Joint re-enrollment and promotion ceremony

Time: 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: 9/11 Memorial Square

Marine Band Concert

Time: 7:30 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Location: Times Square

The U.S. Fleet Forces “Brass Band” will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Rhode Island Sound” by Navy Band Northeast will perform from 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

boat trips

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Pier 88 in Manhattan and Staten Island Homeport Pier

Members of the public are invited to participate in tours of the various ships participating in Fleet Week. Note: Anyone 18+ must be prepared to show photo ID, proof of vaccinations and wear a mask. You may not take any of the following items on board: electronic smoking devices, bottles, water bottles, cans or glass containers; banners, posters or signs; mace, pepper spray or other defensive sprays or chemicals; knives, firearms, fireworks or any explosives; illegal drugs or paraphernalia; flammable liquids or aerosol cans; club weapons; and animals. All electronic devices are subject to review. Please also note that the ships themselves are not wheelchair accessible, although the pier facilities are.

Navy diving tank in Times Square

Time: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Times Square

It’s your last chance to join US Navy divers at a special diving pool in Times Square. Discover their equipment, take photos and play tic-tac-toe with them!

Navy Aviation – Eisenhower Park

Time: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Eisenhower Park, East Meadow (Nassau County)

Watch a “fast rope” demonstration by US Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron SEVEN “Dusty Dogs”. After the demonstration, the helicopters will land and be available for tours.

The US Fleet Forces “Brass Band” will also perform.

Side-by-Side Military Appreciation Event Presented by Northwell Health

Time: noon – 5 p.m.
Location: Rockefeller Center

Various musicians will perform, as well as the US Coast Guard Silent Drill Team.

Navy Band Northeast “Rhode Island Sound” Concert

Time: 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Location: Times Square

Sunday, May 29, 2022

boat trips

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Pier 88 in Manhattan and Staten Island Homeport Pier

Members of the public are invited to participate in tours of the various ships participating in Fleet Week. Note: Anyone 18+ must be prepared to show photo ID, proof of vaccinations and wear a mask. You may not take any of the following items on board: electronic smoking devices, bottles, water bottles, cans or glass containers; banners, posters or signs; mace, pepper spray or other defensive sprays or chemicals; knives, firearms, fireworks or any explosives; illegal drugs or paraphernalia; flammable liquids or aerosol cans; club weapons; and animals. All electronic devices are subject to review. Please also note that the ships themselves are not wheelchair accessible, although the pier facilities are.

Navy Band Northeast “Rhode Island Sound” Concert

Time: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Times Square

Concert by Jason Derulo and John Legend presented by Northwell Help

Time: 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Location: UBS Arena, 2400 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY

Open to the public but tickets required.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Boat trips (last day)

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Pier 88 in Manhattan and Staten Island Homeport Pier

Members of the public are invited to participate in tours of the various ships participating in Fleet Week. Note: Anyone 18+ must be prepared to show photo ID, proof of vaccinations and wear a mask. You may not take any of the following items on board: electronic smoking devices, bottles, water bottles, cans or glass containers; banners, posters or signs; mace, pepper spray or other defensive sprays or chemicals; knives, firearms, fireworks or any explosives; illegal drugs or paraphernalia; flammable liquids or aerosol cans; club weapons; and animals. All electronic devices are subject to review. Please also note that the ships themselves are not wheelchair accessible, although the pier facilities are.

Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Day Celebration

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Riverside Drive and 89th Street

Commemorating Intrepid Memorial Day

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Manhattan, New York (12th Ave. & 46th St. Pier 86N)

US Coast Guard Search and Rescue Demonstration

Time: 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Check out the US Coast Guard during an in-water search and rescue demonstration near Pier 86.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

The ships are leaving

Time: to be determined
Location: New York Harbor

Ships depart at various times, marking the end of Fleet Week.

For more information on Fleet Week, CLICK HERE.

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