The Blue Angels Return to San Francisco for Fleet Week 2014!

October 7, 2014

Blue Angels perform in San Francisco for Fleet WeekCome and celebrate the men and women who serve in our country’s Navy and Marine Corps at San Francisco Fleet Week 2014. Fleet Week features a variety of events, including a parade of ships, an air show, live music, ship tours, and of course exciting performances by the Navy’s popular Blue Angels precision flying team, who return to the skies over San Francisco Bay this year after a hiatus due to federal budget cuts.

Events take place in a variety of locations on the San Francisco waterfront from October 9–13. The Blue Angels practice on Thursday, October 9, from noon to 5 pm, and rehearse on Friday, October 10 from 3 to 4 pm. They'll perform over San Francisco Bay on Saturday and Sunday, October 11 and 12, from 3–4 pm. They can be seen from a variety of locations on the Bay, including Angel Island and Fort Baker in Sausalito. The Blue Angels' performance is part of a Fleet Week airshow that also includes the Patriots jet team, the Horsemen P-51 Mustang Flight Team, the US Navy Leap Frogs parachute team, and others.

The Fleet Week Parade of Ships includes the guided missile cruiser USS Chosin, destroyer USS Kidd, Coast Guard cutter USCG Active, and a contingent from the Canadian Navy, and takes place Friday, October 10 from 11 am to noon. Ships will pass through the Golden Gate, make their way past Marina Green, and berth along the San Francisco waterfront, where some will be available for tours on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

This year's Fleet Week event includes a Humanitarian Village on Marina Green, which features food, entertainment, and interactive displays from both military and civilian organizations about disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Fleet Week will also include a variety of other events from art shows and band concerts to search-and-rescue demonstrations and fireworks at PIER 39.

San Francisco's 146th Italian Heritage Day Parade takes place in conjunction with Fleek Week on Sunday, October 12. The parade—San Francisco's oldest civic event—starts at 12:30 pm at the foot of Jefferson and Stockton Streets in Fisherman's Wharf, proceeds south through North Beach on Columbus Avenue, and ends in Washington Square in front of St. Peter and Paul Church.

Events are free, although reserved box seats along the waterfront are $50 on Friday and Sunday and $60 on Saturday. For more information, tickets, and a complete schedule of exciting Fleet Week events visit fleetweeksf.org.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jen Blake.