What you should know
- May 27-30, 2022 in and around the Port of Los Angeles
- The events, which include boat tours, concerts and more, used to take place over Labor Day Weekend
- It was decided to align LA celebrations with New York Fleet Week
The end of summer in Southern California can mean particularly warm afternoons, warm winds blowing off the desert, the first Halloween mazes popping up at our theme parks, and Labor Day weekend something very special and sparkling in and around San Pedro.
We’re talking, of course, about LA Fleet Week, a joyful, informative and eventful event that puts a festive and respectful focus on our nation’s maritime services.
The long-established to-do, which includes several public events, takes place over four days, although some local venues sometimes get into the celebratory momentum earlier in the week.
But like the ebb of the tides or a large ship adjusting its sails, LA Fleet Week puts its finger on the sea breeze and changes course.
It will still be a four-day celebration, but it will set sail from early September with a closer goal in mind: late May and Memorial Day weekend.
This was announced by the organizers of LA Fleet Week on March 7, 2022. And the reason for the change?
The LA Fleet Week team wants it to run concurrently with Fleet Week New York, which traditionally takes place in May.
“The two Fleet Weeks will simultaneously create coast-to-coast celebrations over a holiday recognizing all military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation,” LA Fleet Week says on its website.
But what won’t change?
San Pedro and Wilmington, as well as the Battleship USS Iowa Museum, will continue to serve as the local hub for many of the informative symposiums, tours, panels, lectures, concerts and family activities.
“Each year, LA Fleet Week draws hundreds of thousands of visitors from across Southern California to the Port of Los Angeles and showcases the extraordinary history, culture and hospitality of the coastal communities of San Pedro and Wilmington,” said Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán.
“Having introduced and worked to pass legislation that designated the Battleship USS IOWA Museum as the National Museum of the Surface Navy, I am particularly proud that the IOWA continues to serve as the anchor point for this annual celebration of the men and women of our naval services Nation.”
Visit the LA Fleet Week website for the full itinerary as the end of May approaches.