Thursday, May 26, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend Boating Events: Fleet Week Begins

Meet our nation's Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and see their ships as they gather in New York City...

Fleet Week New York is happening through Memorial Day. Photo: US Navy

Each Thursday we try to tell you about all the boat shows and related events going on around the world that weekend so that you can have a chance to go to one if it's near you. Sure, there are a few boat shows this weekend, as well as some boat festivals and boat parades intermixed with all the Memorial Day celebrations. However, one event stands above the rest...

Fleet Week
Yesterday was the first day of Fleet Week New York - the city's celebration of the nation's sea services. The official dates of the 24th edition of the event are Wednesday May 25 (yesterday as we write this), through Wednesday, June 1, 2011. With 3,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen in town, you'll certainly get the chance to meet (and thank) one or two, and we encourage you to attend. You can also get an up-close and personal look at many of the ships on display. If you are in the tri-state area, this is a great way to spend at least part of your Memorial Day weekend.

Boat Shows and Festivals
In addition to Fleet Week, there are a few boat shows and festivals around the world this weekend, include the following:
Sail Portsmouth 2011 (a New Hampshire festival with Tall Ships on display)
Kitsap Harbor Festival (Fun, music, and water-related events. Port of Bremerton, Washington)
Crick Boat Show (this is in England, where it's not Memorial Day this weekend)
National Boating Safety Week
National Safe Boating Week 2011 continues through Friday the 27th. Please take this time at the beginning of the busy boating season to think about (and practice) boating safety. A good place to start while you're online is at FirstBoat's boating safety resources page.

Details about these and upcoming events, including links to the official event websites, are on our calendar of boat shows. If you would like an event added to our calendar, please send us an email - boatshows@firstboat.com.

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