Sea service members to gather at Times Square’s Red Steps for iconic photo during 2019 Fleet Week New York
NORFOLK, VA (NRMA) – Fleet Week New York, in conjunction with the Times Square Alliance, will capture an iconic photo of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen as they gather to fill Times Square’s Red Steps at Father Duffy Square, May 22 starting at 6:00 pm
The event will serve as a way to showcase the camaraderie between the sea services, while also affording the citizens of New York City a unique opportunity to officially welcome the fleet to the “Big Apple.”
Individuals are encouraged to take, post, and share photos and videos of the event, and tag #FleetWeekNYC on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. The event will also be live-streamed on the official Fleet Week New York Facebook page.
Throughout the week, Times Square will have a flutter of activity from Thursday, May 23 through Sunday, May 26 with various military performances.
Starting on Thursday, the Navy’s dive tank and Marine Corps vehicles will be on display for the general public from 10 a.m. to 5 pm Visitors can climb aboard a Marine vehicle, play tic-tac-toe with Navy divers in the dive tank, or test their strength on the pull-up challenge. The displays will be open through Saturday.
On Friday, the Coast Guard Silent Drill Team will perform at 2:30 pm and the Marine Corps Mixed Martial Arts Program will put on a demonstration in front of the American flag on Military Island at 3:15 pm
On Saturday, the Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment and Silent Drill Platoon will perform in front of Times Square’s Red Steps at Father Duffy Square at 8 pm Come out and hear patriotic music at its finest or sing along to “New York, New York.”
On Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 6 pm and Sunday at 5 pm, Navy Band Northeast “Rhode Island Sound” will rock Military Island. The band performs an array of songs from rhythm and blues to classic rock, as well as current Top-40 hits.
Now in its 31st year, FWNY is the city’s time-honored celebration of the sea services. It is an unparalleled opportunity for the citizens of New York and the surrounding tri-state area to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as witness firsthand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services. It is estimated that nearly 2,600 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate as ships arrive in the New York Harbor for the 2019 Parade of Ships on May 22.