The nation’s premier nonprofit military organization provides entertainment and exciting opportunities to connect with our armed forces
Arlington, VA., May 18, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The USO welcomes thousands of members of the US Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps to New York for the return of in-person Fleet Week celebrations May 25-29 after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
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“It is an honor to be part of this long tradition of showcasing the strength of the US Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps while giving the public the opportunity to share their support for these men and women at service to our country,” said Rebecca Parkes, USO Regional Chairman for the Northeast Region. “After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the USO is excited to provide care and connection opportunities for our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen throughout Fleet Week in New York.
USO Fleet Week New York activations will include:
Parade of Ships Viewing Breakfast (May 25, 7-10 a.m. ET) – Military leaders and invited USO supporters will gather to greet ships entering New York Harbor and enjoy a refreshing breakfast. High-level military leaders will also be on hand to inaugurate the ships.
Flip the Fleet (May 25, 7 p.m. ET) – The USO invites 400 sailors to the Hard Rock Café for a VIP reception and concert featuring multi-platinum, GRAMMY®-nominated artist Gavin DeGraw following the release of his seventh studio album Facing the river. Service members can relax, reconnect and celebrate the return of Fleet Week New York.
USO Pier 88 Pop-Up USO Center (May 25-27, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. ET daily) – Service members will have access to many of the comforts of a traditional USO center through a temporary USO location at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Pier 88 South across from the USS Bataan. The center will support thousands of soldiers with refreshments through in-kind donations from USO corporate partners – snacks from Hudson News Stand, PepsiCo beverages, coffee and donuts from Dunkin’ Brands, hot dogs from Sabrett and Wawa pretzels.
USO | NFL Gaming Mobile Unit (May 26-29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ET daily) – The USO mobile game | NFL recently launched by the USO, stationed at Pier 86 next to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, welcomes serving military members with valid ID for play all week long. This state-of-the-art mobile unit brings rest, relaxation and entertainment to troops in remote locations with eight gaming stations, five televisions, Wi-Fi and an internal sound system. The public is invited to visit the trailer to find out how the USO and the NFL are teaming up to support service members. Nearby, attendees can visit the USO tent with giveaways, a photo booth, a cornhole, and other ways to connect with service members.
Welcome to New York Bag Build (May 26, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET) – 125 volunteers will gather at Pier 88 to assemble 2,500 USO Welcome Bags filled with USO loot, USAA-branded merchandise, Lyft discount codes, and a welcome note. The USO will distribute the bags to service members on the nine ships participating in Fleet Week.
Operation it’s my dress (May 27, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET) – 250 female service members will join the USO at South Street Seaport on Pier 17 for a shopping experience with drinks and snacks. Each will take home a designer dress courtesy of Sherry Hill to give them the confidence and attire they need for more formal activities.
“Top Gun: Maverick” Screening (May 28, 6 p.m. ET) – The USO will host 250 Sailors, along with Navy leaders, for a private screening of the highly anticipated film, “Top Gun: Maverick,” at the Regal Theater Union Square.
For Fleet Week New York updates and a full list of programs, visit newyork.uso.org/programs/fleet-week-2022.
USO Fleet Week New York 2022 events would not be possible without the support of USO partners including USAA, Delta, Prudential, PepsiCo, EY, Fox Corporation, Santander, NFL, CVS, Fiserv, Hard Rock Café New York, Hudson News Stand , Johnson & Johnson, Lyft, Pratt & Whitney, Wawa and others.
Follow the USO on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates on Fleet Week activities and join the conversation using #USOFleetWeekNY on social media.
The USO strengthens American military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation. In hundreds of places around the world, we are united in our commitment to connecting our service members and their families through countless acts of kindness, comfort and support. The USO is a private non-profit organization and not a government agency. Our programs, services, and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, the support of our business partners, and the dedication of our volunteers and staff. To join us in this important mission and learn more about the USO, please visit USO.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, instagram.
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