San Francisco Fleet Week occurs every October, and it remains a big social event on the local calendar. With navy ships to tour, activities for children and the famous air show, the event draws crowds of people. Whether you have enjoyed this annual event many times or plan to participate for the first time this year, knowing some of the history of Fleet Week will enhance your experience and help you get the most out of it.

Where and Why Did Fleet Week Start?

Fleet Week has a West Coast pedigree, with the first Fleet Week taking place in 1935 in San Diego. President Franklin D. Roosevelt realized the importance of honoring the sacrifices and hard work of those who served in the military, and in being prepared to defend the nation in an unsettled time. This was motivated by the increasing military developments Europe and the Far East in that decade.

San Francisco Fleet Week, the largest in the nation today, was created in 1981 by Dianne Feinstein, who at the time was the city’s mayor. As with the original Fleet Week, the purpose behind the event was to honor the services and contributions made by those in the U.S. armed forces. Another top mission for the Bay Area’s Fleet Week today is to educate and facilitate the cooperation of people involved in humanitarian assistance (both military-based and civilian-based).

What to Expect of Fleet Week in San Francisco

You might view veterans’ art exhibits, the traditional parade of ships through the Golden Gate, and even a demonstration by K9 dog rescue units. The main feature of the week, of course, is always the air shows. The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels perform practice runs during the week, and full performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Catching at least one air show is a must-do.

Celebrate Fleet Week with Commodore Cruises & Events!

Where is the best place to celebrate Fleet Week? Many area locals will tell you that your best vantage point is aboard a yacht charter on San Francisco Bay. You can avoid parking hassles, BART and the crowds thronging the waterfront. Instead, cruise the bay in style, enjoying amenities such as world-class cuisine, musical entertainment and top-of-the-line customer service. The top amenity, of course, is the unparalleled view of the air show happening right over your head.

To learn more about taking a public cruise with Commodore Cruises during Fleet Week, contact us today. You may reach us by phone at (877) 346-4000, or use our easy online contact form for more information. Or, reserve your places through our website. But hurry. Fleet Week sells out well in advance every year!