Parade of Ships Opens Fleet Week Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning (Wednesday, May 23), weather permitting, you may be able to view from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade a parade of ships proceeding from the harbor entrance up into the Hudson River. Leading the parade, and starting to pass the Statue of Liberty at about 8:15 a.m., will be a line of nine tall sailing ships from countries around the world, including our own USCG Eagle and Mexico’s Cuauhtemoc. Following the tall ships will be thirteen modern naval vessels from the U.S. and other countries, which will begin passing the Statue around 11:30 a.m.

From 11:15 to 12:15 there will be a flyover above the Hudson of nineteen fixed wing aircraft, including the U.S. Navy’s famous Blue Angels aerobatic team, and six helicopters. This all marks the beginning of Fleet Week, which continues with various events through Memorial Day weekend. Over the weekend a number of ships, including four tall ships, will be docked at piers 7 and 8, near the foot of Atlantic Avenue and Columbia Street, and will be open for visits by the public. More details are on Cobble Hill Blog.

Addendum: Carolina Salguero of PortSide NY has provided a guide to the ships that will be docked here in Brooklyn.

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  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Last year I filmed the event and loved it. Is it just me or does seeing large Navy vessels and men in military uniforms make one feel a bit patriotic? (Last year’s Fleet Week below)

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  • DrewB

    Where’s the best spot to watch this? Pier 1 of Promenade?

  • Claude Scales

    The best viewing spot in Brooklyn would be near the south end of the Promenade (Remsen/ Montague/ Pierrepont) as it has the widest view from the north tip of Governors Island to the south tip of Manhattan.

  • Carolina Salguero

    PortSide NewYork has created a guide to the ships docked in Red Hook and what to do in the local area, and made the first visitor guide to the Columbia Waterfront District. More at

    Pier 6, Brooklyn Bridge Park will also be a good place to see the ships as the come to dock on piers 7 & 8. That starts around 1pm Wednesday.