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Fleet Week sails into NYC with 2024 Parade of Ships. Watch extended video from Chopper 2 overhead

NEW YORK — Fleet Week begins today in New York, with the 2024 Ship Parade.

We’ve got everything you need to know about how to watch live and what else is happening this week.

When is Fleet Week 2024 in New York?

Fleet Week begins May 22 and ends May 28, the day after Memorial Day. This is the city’s 36th annual celebration, and the theme is “Fleet Week New York…Celebrating Those Who Serve.”

This is an opportunity for people to meet U.S. Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and learn about the latest military technology.

“Fleet Week is about celebrating those who serve and recognizing the unwavering strength of our Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard team,” said Mid-Atlantic Commander Rear Adm. of Naval Region, Wesley McCall, in a statement. “As we come together to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during their service, we are reminded of the diverse and inclusive fighting force that currently serves to protect national security and preserve our way of life. Our military members are excited about the opportunity to engage with the community and create lasting connections with the people of New York during this centuries-old tradition.

Nearly 2,3000 military personnel are expected to participate this year, visiting New York City sights while taking part in ship tours, band concerts and other events.

How to Watch the New York Fleet Week Ship Parade

CBS New York’s John Elliott will be live with the US Coast Guard on the water for the Ship Parade, and Tony Sadiku will be joined by the US Navy Band at Pier 88. Chopper 2 will also fly over the procession for a bird’s eye view.

Watch live streaming all morning on CBS2 and CBS News New York. You can also attend in person along the river on the West Side of Manhattan or in Jersey City.

What time does the parade of ships start?

Fleet Week begins with the Ship Parade on Wednesday, May 22. The exact time is not revealed in advance, but last year’s procession started around 8:45 a.m. and ended around 11:00 a.m.

Eight military ships will sail into New York Harbor and then sail up the Hudson River. The journey passes by the Statue of Liberty and Battery Park in Lower Manhattan, then through the Hudson River Park on the West Side, passing the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at Pier 86, before ending just below the George Washington Bridge.

List of ships participating in NYC Fleet Week

  • USS Bataan from Norfolk, Virginia: The USS Bataan (LHD 5), known as the “Big 5”, is named after American and Filipino troops who fought on the Bataan Peninsula during World War II. The amphibious assault ship was commissioned on September 20, 1997 and made its maiden voyage two years later in the Mediterranean.
  • FGS Baden-Württemberg of Germany: These ships from our NATO allies will be on tour for one day only Saturday morning at Pier 90 North.
  • FGS Frankfurt am Main of Germany
  • 4 YP from the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland: These four ships help train the Naval Academy’s midshipmen for service on the water.
  • USCGC Sturgeon Bay from Bayonne, New Jersey: USCGC Sturgeon Bay (WTGB 109) originates from Bayonne, New Jersey, where it helps ships navigate the icy waters of the Hudson River. He also participates in search and rescue missions in ice-covered areas of New England.
  • USS Marinette from Mayport, Florida: The USS Marinette (LCS 25) was built in Marinette, Wisconsin and named for the city. It was commissioned by the Navy last fall.
  • USCGC Calhoun of Charleston, South Carolina: The USCGC Calhoun (WMSL 759), the Coast Guard’s newest cutter vessel, is described as the Coast Guard’s “largest and most technologically advanced vessel.”
  • USCGC Katherine Walker of Bayonne, New Jersey: USCGC Katherine Walker (WLM-552) also participates in icebreaking missions in the region, specifically covering the Long Island Sound.

View the full schedule of ship tours, free concerts and other events here.

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