It’s Fleet Week again and a girl’s brain turns to sailors, Navy officers, and Marines everywhere you go. They’ll be in Manhattan and Brooklyn, in the parks, in the streets, in the subways and on buses!
Whether you love men (or women) in uniform, or just love the huge ships, Fleet Week is always a fun time to be in New York.
Go to silive.com for beautiful photos from the Parade of Ships from May 2015
When we first moved to Bay Ridge / Sunset Park, I remember walking as far as the foot of the Verrazano Bridge, marveling at the parkway, and finding Owl’s Head Park quite by accident.
During my outings in the new neighborhood, a local told me in conversation that we could watch the parade of ships from the lawn or the parkway.
That was our first Fourth of July. We did a picnic on the park, watched the ships come up into the bay. We met neighbors and played with kids, hung out most of the afternoon, and had a lovely time. Later that evening, we moved up to the pier to watch the fireworks.
Best quote ever from Eleanor Roosevelt:
The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps
The better parade of ships, bar none, is the one that takes place at the beginning of Fleet Week. You get an unobstructed view of the ships. It’s spectacular. Fleet Week is awesome experienced in Manhattan, but the parade of ships must be watched from Brooklyn.
If you are lucky, you’ll also get good weather (May is no guarantee it won’t be below 60-degrees).
Sadly, after we started developing allergies, we had to rethink it because between the grass and the trees, it is a perfect killer.
Still, whether we partake in the celebrations in the flesh or not, Fleet Week remains our second favorite holiday after Halloween! So if you run into a Marine, a sailor, or a Coastie: give 'em a hug. Say thank you. Buy them a drink!
For details, dates and schedules, ships to tour: go to http://www.fleetweeknewyork.com/fleetweeknewyork/