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Screen Shot 2018 05 21 at 11.09.44 AMFleet Week 2019 in New York City will celebrates the centennial of the return of the World War I soldiers of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) from Europe to America in 1919. The vast majority of AEF personnel left from and returned to the United States in World War I via New York City and its neighboring port facilities. 

2019 Fleet Week NYC will have a World War I Theme 

By Chris Isleib
Director of Public Affairs, United States World War One Centennial Commission

Commission logo smallThe Fleet is coming to NYC -- and World War I will be a part!

The much-loved annual U.S. Navy Fleet Week NYC will descend on the greater New York area from May 22-28, 2019.

Events will kick off with the traditional parade of ships past the Statue of Liberty, and will blossom into an incredible series of activities, exhibits, displays, tours, concerts, and appearances.

This year, there will be added excitement, as the Secretary of the Navy has declared that "World War I" will be included as a special theme. The U.S. World War I Centennial Commission is taking the lead on its own series of activities, aimed at teaching people about the American men and women who served.

Among the World War I-related events will be exhibits of era equipment and uniforms by living-history reenactors, as well as commemorative events, and displays of the sculpture for our new National World War I Memorial. in Washington DC

Fleet Week NYC1More than 4,500 service men and women from the U.S. and foreign naval ships will swarm New York City during Fleet Week 2019.

As with last year, this year's Fleet Week NYC activities will also feature parade and concert appearances by the Commission's special "369th Experience" jazz band. This tribute ensemble is made up of music students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the United States. They famously play renditions from the repertoire of composed by Major James Reese Europe for his original 'Harem Hellfighters' regimental band.

Held nearly every year since 1984, Fleet Week New York is the city's celebration of the sea services. It provides an opportunity for regular folks to meet Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, as well as see first-hand, the latest capabilities of today's maritime services. More than 4,500 service men and women from the U.S. and foreign nations are arriving aboard the ships.

Participating Fleet Week ships can typically be viewed at Pier 90, Pier 86, Intrepid Air and Space Museum, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and Homeport Pier on Staten Island. The list of ships and locations will be posted here when available.

The lineup of visiting ships has not yet been announced, however eleven U.S. Navy warships participated in 2018's Fleet Week, to include USS Arlington, USS Mitscher, USS Little Rock, and USS Zephyr.

369th event page header 1200The musicians of the 369th Experience brought turn-of-the-century ragtime and Jazz onto the decks of the USS Intrepid at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum at Manhattan’s Pier 86 during Fleet Week 2018. Carrying on the legacy of the famous Harlem Hellfighters Regimental band, the 369th Experience features talented modern-day musicians from historically black colleges and universities all around the country.