Ahoy, San Diego! Fleet Week 2014 is underway. It’s a celebration of military families and a chance to give San Diego civilians a glimpse or military life.
Fleet Week isn’t a week at all. The event runs Aug. 30 through Nov. 21. With more than two months of excitement and entertainment, it’s tough to see it all. Here are five highlights not to be missed:
Coronado Speed Festival (Sept. 20-21)
The “Race at the Base” is a must-see for any car enthusiast. Naval Air Station North Island will transform into the world’s coolest racetrack. Spectators can even watch V8 trucks fly off ramps 20 feet in the air and reach 130 mph speeds.
Navy Open House (Sept. 20-21)
Cars not really your thing? Climb aboard a Navy warship instead. The public can tour an aircraft carrier, a destroyer and an amphibious landing platform dock ship. Ship tours were canceled last year because of sequestration, so don’t miss your chance.
Boot Camp Challenge (Sept. 27)
What does it take to be a U.S. Marine? Find out as participants run, climb and crawl through a 3-mile obstacle course, all while being yelled at by 60 drill instructors. Try it yourself, or at least go watch. (That’s an order!)
Miramar Air Show (Oct. 3-5)
Last year, the Miramar Air Show was canceled just one day before the show started because of government restrictions. But this year, the largest military air show in the country is back with all your favorite acts, including the Blue Angels. “We have a mix of new and old aircraft see the folks, and I’m just thrilled to see the folks come on base and get a chance to interact with the base,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Rocco, Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.
Fleet Week Big Bay Bash (Oct. 18)
Bring the kids to the Broadway Pier for the Big Bay Bash. New for 2014, the event will feature Moonbounce, face painting, games, live music and more. (Military members, ask your command about getting free tickets to an exclusive party on the USS Midway.)
See the complete schedule at the official Fleet Week San Diego website.