L.A. Fleet Week® Marks End of Summer

by Noella Noelophile®

Bow of warship and L.A. Harbor graphic with Vincent Thomas bridge

(Graphic courtesy of Los Angeles Harbor, and used with permission.)

“When my ship comes in…”

Oh, wait.  They already have.  And they’re waiting for you to join the festivities and help honor our armed forces, this weekend at L.A. Harbor.L.A. Fleet Week® 2017 is happening from now through Monday, September 4th.   Ships from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard will be docked in L.A Harbor.  Free ship tours, a STEM expo and entertainment are happening throughout the weekend,   along with the opportunity to say “thank you” to our men and women in uniform.

A new annual Labor Day tradition (started in 2016), L.A. Fleet Week® honors the Marines, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. The goal: to give the local community an opportunity to learn more about the mission and operations of the U.S. Sea Services.Military ships in Los Angeles harbor

Five active military ships are currently docked at Los Angeles Harbor, according to L.A. Fleet Week®’s website.   Visitors get free guided tours, on a first-come-first-served basis.  In addition, flyovers will be happening (bring your camera!), there’s an Event Expo, open 8:30 am to 4 pm, each day,  and entertainment is planned throughout the weekend.  (Today’s scheduled performances include the Bob Hope USO Troupe at 4:00; the “Swing Peedro Fleet Week” dance party starting at 6:30, and “’80’s Dance Party” at 7:30.)

Best of all, the festivities continue throughout the weekend.  Tribute bands and special events are scheduled throughout Monday, September 4.  And on Monday morning at 7, the “Conquer the Bridge” 5.3 mile race (and walk) is happening. Here’s a link to the schedule of events.American flag in the breezeHave fun and be safe, this Labor Day weekend–and thank you to our men and women in uniform, who safeguard our freedom!

L.A. Fleet Week® 2017 is happening from now through Monday, September 4, 2017 at Los Angeles Harbor, in San Pedro.  Admission is free.  Here are attendance guidelines and a link to their event site map.