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Los Angeles Fleet Week Set to Celebrate Maritime Heritage

LOS ANGELES— Los Angeles Fleet Week, an annual, multi-day celebration of our nation’s sea services, will take place on the L.A. Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles over the extended Memorial Day Weekend from May 22-27. This eagerly anticipated event offers a unique opportunity for the public to engage with the men and women of the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps while also commemorating the city’s rich maritime history.

The roots of Fleet Week can be traced back to the early 20th century, when the Navy initiated a series of informal gatherings in various port cities across the nation. These gatherings were designed to foster goodwill between the Navy and local communities, as well as to showcase its capabilities to the public. Over the years, these gatherings evolved into the formalized celebrations we now know as Fleet Week.

L.A. Fleet Week promises an overload of interactive activities and attractions, including guided tours of active-duty ships, military displays and equipment demonstrations. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore naval vessels up close and personal and engage in conversations with sailors and officers, gaining a firsthand understanding of the maritime world. In addition, live entertainment, neighborhood activations and downtown San Pedro and Wilmington welcoming parties will further enhance the festive atmosphere.

The event also includes exciting competitions and showcases, such as aircraft flyovers and the Galley Wars culinary cook-off competition between Navy, Marine, Coast Guard and Army teams. For those seeking some friendly competition, there are also dodgeball tournaments and military band performances.

For Fleet Week, the Port of Los Angeles serves as the host venue, welcoming ships from the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. The event attracts thousands of visitors each year, including local residents, veterans, school groups and tourists, who come to show their support for the armed forces and learn more about maritime operations.

Los Angeles Fleet Week is a time to come together, honor service members and celebrate the maritime traditions that are woven into the fabric of the city’s, and our nation’s, history.

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Schedule for Los Angeles Fleet Week 2024

Friday, May 24

  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Main L.A. Fleet Week EXPO at the Battleship IOWA, featuring displays and demonstrations.
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Battleship IOWA Tours for visitors to explore the historic vessel.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Military Has Talent – Qualifying Round showcasing talents of service members.
  • 5 – 8:30 p.m.: Wilmington Welcome Party, welcoming Fleet Week with festivities at the Banning House Museum.

Saturday, May 25

  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Main L.A. Fleet Week EXPO continues at the Battleship IOWA.
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Battleship IOWA Tours continue.
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Military Has Talent – Qualifying Round resumes.
  • Noon – 2:30 p.m.: Galley Wars at the Main Expo, a culinary competition.

Sunday, May 26

  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Main L.A. Fleet Week EXPO.
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Battleship IOWA Tours.
  • 10 – 11 a.m.: Military Has Talent – Qualifying Round continues.
  • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Dodgeball Tournament Presented by FOX Sports.

Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day)

  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Final day of the Main L.A. Fleet Week EXPO.
  • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Last chance for Battleship IOWA Tours.
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: Military Has Talent – Qualifying Round concludes.
  • 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Military Has Talent FINALS showcasing the top talents.
  • 5- 6 p.m.: Memorial Day Evening Service at Main Expo to honor fallen heroes.

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