Seattle Fleet Week, a Boeing Maritime Celebration, returns to Seafair for 2022. Fleet Week on the Seattle Waterfront began in 1950, celebrating the men and women who serve our country at sea. The public is invited to meet vessel personnel and enjoy tours of participating U.S. Navy Ships, U.S. Coast Guard vessels, and Royal Canadian Navy ships.
2022 Fleet Week runs from August 1 through August 5, beginning with the impressive parade of military ships on August 1 starting around noon, when these ships make their entrance into Elliott Bay accompanied by the spray of the Seattle Fireboat Leschi. Guests can go aboard U.S. and Royal Canadian Navy Ships and Coast Guard Vessels to get a taste of life and work at sea. The event is free and open to the public at Piers 66, 69, and 90 starting at 9am for tours, August 2nd through Friday August 5th; go to seafair.org for a complete schedule of ship tours. Be prepared to climb steep ladders (no open-toe shoes). Coast Guard vessels will be at Pier 66, Royal Canadian ships at Pier 69, and U.S. Navy ships at Pier 90.
Fleet Week is a great time to visit the Seattle waterfront with friends and family. The first piece of the new waterfront park at Pier 62 is open; stop by to take in the music scene and activities, or grab a bite to eat from local food vendors before or after touring the fleet of ships along Alaskan Way.
Recreational boaters are reminded to keep their distance from all military vessels. These vessels are protected by a Naval Vessel Protection Zone (NVPZ). The Fleet Week moving vessels security zone includes all waters within 500 yards of these protected vessels in the parade on August 1 and while moored following the parade. Vessels within 500 yards of military ships must operate at a minimum speed and proceed as directed by the the official patrol. Recreational and commercial vessels are not allowed within 100 yards of military vessels.
The Coast Guard will enforce the Seafair Fleet Week Maritime Festival along the Safety Zone at the Seattle waterfront. No entry into, transiting through, mooring, or anchoring within the Zone is permitted unless authorized by the Captain of the Port by contacting the on-scene Coast Guard patrol craft on VHF Ch13 and Ch16, or call the Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) at 206-217-6002.
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