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Fleet Week 2016: 5 Best Things To Do In NYC

Fleet Week Continues In New York City
Navy sailors walk on the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum during Fleet Week festivities. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Thousands of Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard  service members will dock in New York City from May 25th-31st. Honor them as well as those who have fought for our country at one of these five celebratory events. By Carly Petrone.

Sail with Bateaux New York & Spirit of New York and New Jersey

Fleet Week Cruises

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Celebrate Fleet Week with a cruise along the Hudson. Bateaux New York as well as Spirit of New York and New Jersey will float by iconic landmarks like The Statue of Liberty, One World Trade and the Brooklyn Bridge. Military personnel and veterans can save 20 percent on Fleet Week cruises using the promo code FLEETWEEK. Guests will enjoy buffets, live DJ entertainment and dancing, as well as incredible views of the NYC skyline. Book your ticket online today and experience this special gathering of recently deployed active military ships.

Free Shows at Q.E.D.

Q.E.D. Astoria

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Service members can enjoy a free show at Q.E.D. from May 25th – 31st. This week's lineup includes a variety of shows including What Are You Afraid Of?, a comedy show hosted by Mara Wilson (yes, the adorable actress from Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire), Dating Is Hard In NYC and Spectacular, a show where up and coming comedy writers present their work onstage. Spend every night of Fleet Week laughing and enjoying yourself. See their website for more details.

Carrot Cake
(credit: OCEAN PRIME New York)

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Those with a sweet tooth should make their way to OCEAN PRIME this Fleet Week. The modern American restaurant is excited to offer any man or woman in uniform a complimentary slice of their award-winning 10-layer carrot cake. Of course, it's easy to start off with one of their signature seafood or prime steak entrée dishes before moving onto dessert. Make your reservation today and indulge in the sweet life.

Intrepid Summer Movie Series: Top Gun

Intrepid Summer Movie Series
(credit: Intrepid)

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The 8th Annual Summer Movie Series kicks off at the Intrepid Museum on Friday, May 27th. Watch the classic pilot film, Top Gun, along the flight deck. Bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks and enjoy an evening underneath the stars and among some of the coolest jets and planes that the armed services has to offer. Make sure to check out their website to find out about more Fleet Week events, including the exciting Arrival of the Ships at Pier 86 as well as their special Memorial Day Ceremony.

Military Day at Battery Park

Military Day
(credit: Facebook/Military Day at Battery Park)

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Stop by Battery Park on Saturday, May 28th from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and celebrate Military Day. The U.S. Marine Corps will be hosting military band performances, boot camp-style exercise sessions, military static displays, demos, and more. Salute those who have served and continue to serve during this free all-day event. See Fleet Week website for more details.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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