Fleet Week 2017 in San Francisco

Fleet Week 2017

San Francisco kicked off its annual Fleet Week activities beginning on October 1 and ending on October 9. Over 1 million spectators are expected to attend the celebration of the nation’s Navy and Coast Guard.

There will be a parade of ships, led by the San Francisco fireboat St. Francis, going under the Golden Gate Bridge. Free tours of Navy war ships, including a tour of the Essex LHD 2 amphibious assault ship, are being offered. Visitors will get a glimpse of the day-to-day lives of sailors on board these ships. Those on tours will also get opportunities to hold a portable missile launcher or sight a machine gun, all with no ammunition.

Weather permitting, air shows that are the main draw of Fleet Week will occur on Friday and over the weekend. The big draw that many spectators look forward to is the team of six Navy Blue Angels precision jets and their spectacular air show. The Canadian Snowbirds and Patriots Jet Team will perform as well as parachutists, stunt pilots, biplanes, and other aerial acrobats. San Franciscans and visitors should be prepared for loud sounds of jets flying overhead during Fleet Week as they practice for their air shows.

In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, there will be heightened security measures. San Francisco Police Department officers will patrol on bicycles, motorcycles, in patrol cars, and on foot. Authorities are asking the public to remain vigilant and to immediately report suspicious activity. Attendees of Fleet Week are also encouraged to take public transportation and to allow extra travel time because of the large crowds expected.

Most of the air show events and ship tours are free. Various restaurants and hotels will offer viewing parties and the famed Off the Grid food trucks will hold its final festival of the year at the Main Parade Ground. Guaranteed waterfront seating on Marina Green can be purchased for $55 to $75 with VIP seating, including a catered lunch, costing between $250 and $275. Other attractions during the week include K-9 police dog demonstrations, a veterans art exhibit, and a high school band competition for prize money. Schedules, an event map, and more details can be found on fleetweeksf.org.


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