NYC Fleet Week Canceled Over Coronavirus Pandemic: 'We Did Not Come to This Decision Lightly'

David Caplan
March 27, 2020 - 3:52 pm

Fleet Week, typically held in mid-May, has been canceled "due to the continued spread and concerns" of coronavirus, the U.S. Navy announced Friday.

“We did not come to this decision lightly, but feel it is necessary to cancel this year’s Fleet Week New York to help mitigate further spread of the virus,” said Rear Adm. Charles W. Rock, Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. “Fleet Week is a tremendous partnership between the people of New York City and our Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard team. We appreciate your understanding during these challenging circumstances.”

The last time FWNY was canceled was in 2013 as a result of budget shortfalls due to sequestration.

Currently there are no plans to postpone or reschedule the event to a later date this year.