Family-Friendly Events Include Neighborhood Activations, Active-Duty Ship Tours, Military Displays, Interactive Exhibits, Live Entertainment, STEM Activities, and Much More
SAN PEDRO, Calif., May 11, 2023 – Southern California’s premier celebration of the nation’s sea services, LA Fleet Week, returns to Los Angeles with ship tours, neighborhood activations, and a massive public expo along the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, CA.
LA Fleet Week kicks off on May 24th with a “Neighborhood Activation” in Hollywood. Neighborhood Activations are an opportunity for service members to visit the communities of Los Angeles and give back to these local areas with free band concerts, service projects, and various activities. Other neighborhoods in 2023 include Downtown Los Angeles on May 25th, Brea on May 26th, and Venice on May 27th.
On the LA Waterfront, Fleet Week activities kick off with the annual Downtown San Pedro Welcome Party on Thursday evening, May 25. From May 26th-29th, LA Fleet Week, the largest Memorial Day event in Southern California welcomes visitors to the LA Waterfront in San Pedro, CA to enjoy free family-friendly festivities including live music and entertainment, ship tours, aircraft flyovers and exhibits from the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Army at the LA Fleet Week EXPO area alongside the Battleship IOWA Museum.
“There is no better place than the Los Angeles area, to recognize the importance of the our nation’s Sea Services in the daily life of all Americans and the large percentage of veterans that have served our nation,” said Jonathan Williams, President and CEO of the National Museum of the Surface Navy and Battleship IOWA Museum. “We are a maritime nation, and Fleet Week gives us the opportunity to salute all of those who ensure the freedom of the seas. They guarantee the freedom and prosperity possible for Los Angeles, for America and for the world.”
Visitors coming to San Pedro for Fleet Week activities are encouraged to come early in the day and find parking in and around the downtown San Pedro area, where they can walk to the EXPO. Free event parking also will be available at several lots on 22nd Street between Samson Way and Miner Street in San Pedro, with free shuttle service provided to and from the LA Fleet Week EXPO area.
Access to all LA Fleet Week activities, including ship tours, will be through the EXPO area at Battleship USS IOWA Museum, located at 250 S. Harbor Blvd in San Pedro. Due to security and traffic constraints, vehicles will not be permitted to travel past 22nd Street, and pedestrians will not be admitted into the ship tour area. They must be shuttled in from the EXPO area.
For more information on LA Fleet Week and a complete schedule of entertainment and activities, visit http://www.lafleetweek.com. Follow and engage with LA Fleet Week on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Media interested in covering LA Fleet Week events should contact Marann Fengler, firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-446-9261 x 719.
About the LA Fleet Week Foundation
The LA Fleet Week Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to plan and support LA Fleet Week, Los Angeles’ largest military celebration. LA Fleet Week was created through a unique public-private partnership to connect Southern Californians with the men and women of our United States Sea Services. These connections are facilitated through numerous outreach and engagement opportunities across the region and at a centralized event location on the LA Waterfront at America’s largest port.
The mission of LA Fleet Week Foundation is to plan, promote, honor and financially support Los Angeles Fleet Week, an annual celebration honoring the United States Sea Services and the men and women who presently serve or have served in the armed forces. The Foundation also educates the public about the history and traditions of the Sea Services and the contributions of the City of Los Angeles in support of them.
The Leadership Summit at LA Fleet Week 2023 programs are planned in affiliation with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Public Safety, City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Port Police, National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA, and Mozaik Solutions. Additional support and funding is provided by UPS, Collier Walsh Nakazawa, Los Angeles Port Police, L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn, the Jonathan Club, Boeing, Marathon Petroleum Company, and Black Knight Patrol.
LA Fleet Week is made possible due to the generosity and commitment of planning affiliates and sponsors including the Port of Los Angeles, LA Fleet Week Foundation, National Museum of the Surface Navy, City of Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, USO, Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, Fox Entertainment, Fox Sports, Dave & Busters, Princess Cruises, Bucked Up, Humana, American Legion Post 283, Sapporo, Stone Brewing, Dante Valve, UPS, LADWP, County of Los Angeles Supervisor Janice Hahn, and Pure Life.
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