Bay Area Fleet Week Canceled Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

A U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornet piloted by U.S. Marine Corps Major Nathan Miller flies over the San Francisco skyline during a practice flight in Fleet Week 2009.
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Another popular Bay Area event has fallen victim to the pandemic, as Fleet Week festivities are canceled this year.

Always a colorful experience with its parade of ships and Blue Angels flyover, the event is known for filling the streets with sailors taking in the sights. But not this year.

“Obviously with COVID-19, we’re not able to do that,” said Beth Baker of the U.S. Navy. “It’s really for the safety and health of everybody.

Baker explained the absence of festivities in New York City this week, where fleet week is now hosted as a virtual event.

“We’ve took footage of what we’ve done over the last several years, and compiled in a parade of ships so that, while you’re not there in person, we’re still there in spirit,” Baker said.

Bay Area residents can expect a similar experience in early October. But out of concerns for social distancing, there will be no parade of ships or food truck jamboree. The Sunset by the Ships concert flyovers by the Blue Angels will also not take place.

The Navy said it expects to be back with a bigger and better Fleet Week in 2021.