Fleet week fireworks

As I scurried about my busy day today, I did notice somewhere in the back of my mind that there seemed to be rather a large naval presence in the city, but never made the connection that it was the beginning of Fleet Week until I got home. For the uninitiated, Fleet Week is a naval tradition, upheld by the US Navy, US Coast Guard, US Marine Corps and oftentimes the Canadian Navy too, where ships dock at major cities for a week and waves of uniformed men fill the streets. The first Fleet Week in New York City started in 1982 and now occurs annually.

Now that I’m aware that Fleet Week has hit, I must keep my eye out for the fabulous brass bands that put on impromptu performances in Times Square and shall keep my camera to hand just in case. Still in a state of Fleet Week ignorance this evening, I heard a series of pops, bangs and fizzles that were the unmistakable sound of a fireworks display – it was to herald the start of Fleet Week in New York. I shot straight up to the nearest rooftop where hundreds of local New Yorkers had gathered to watch the night sky light up, welcoming the sailors.

fleet week fireworks new york city

fleet week fireworks new york city

fleet week fireworks new york city

fleet week fireworks new york city

New York Fleet Week has its own Facebook page, where you can watch a video of tonight’s fireworks display.

Hello sailors.

fleet week fireworks new york city

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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25 Responses to Fleet week fireworks

  1. andreashesse says:

    Great shots! What gear did you use?

  2. janross53 says:

    The only reason I know about Fleet Week is that it was on an episode of “Sex in the City”! Love the fireworks pics.

  3. Pamela says:

    Love fireworks, love sailors and love tall ships. Enjoying your pics

  4. How the heck did I miss the fireworks? Although I saw the parade of ships yesterday and took a whole bunch of photos of them. Now I just have to refrain from taking photos of all the attractive sailors…

    • ailsapm says:

      I don’t see any need to refrain – snap away! 🙂

      • ailsapm says:

        Oh and I nearly missed them too, I had no idea they were happening. Luckily I was within one flight of the rooftop when I heard them start And luckier still, I had my camera with me 🙂

  5. Oh wow! Stunning work! What a lovely thing to have 🙂

  6. Always remember the fireworks will close the year 😀

  7. Fab pics. Thanks for sharing. Fleet Week is such an NYC institution – but have always needed up missing it!

  8. Madhu says:

    Fabulous shots! I need to learn how to take night shots like that.

    • ailsapm says:

      Thanks, Madhu – a lot of them didn’t come out great, because I wasn’t expecting the display and just started shooting, changing settings as I went along and I also didn’t have a tripod, which makes night shots so much better. It was a wonderful fireworks display though. 🙂

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  10. eof737 says:

    Gorgeous photos… 🙂

  11. Great photos! I’d love to be in NYC for Fleet Week.

    • ailsapm says:

      It’s a ton of fun, hope you get to experience it for yourself soon. There are some brass bands performing in Times Square tomorrow that I’m hoping to catch – provided it doesn’t get rained out like today! xxx Ailsa

  12. I know about Fleet Week from the Sex and the City show 😉

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