For seven days, the United States Naval Academy (USNA) celebrates the men and women of its current graduation class. The scheduled events honor every midshipman graduating from Annapolis. 2019’s Commissioning Week starts on Friday, May 17 and concludes with the graduation ceremony at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Friday, May 24, culminating with the Middies throwing their white caps high into the sky.
Spend a few days in Annapolis during Commissioning Week to see the historic sights and watch the Navy’s Blue Angels fly. Their spectacular air show plays a special part in the graduation festivities, and their aerial acrobatics will be an unforgettable sight.
About 11 million people a year attend the Blue Angels’ air shows annually. The Navy estimates more than 260 million spectators have seen the Blue Angels since the squadron’s maiden flight in 1946. In addition to their derring-do in the wide blue yonder, Blue Angels team members also pay visits to hospitals and schools as part of their Navy public relations duties. They personally visit more than 50,000 people annually.
People gather on the banks of the Severn River on the Naval Academy campus to get the best vantage points of the Blue Angels’ daring acrobatics. The squadron’s schedule during Commissioning Week 2019 is listed below:
• Tuesday, May 21 – Over the Severn River between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for circling and arrival and between 1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for flight rehearsal.
• Wednesday, May 22 – Over the Severn River between 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for a flight demonstration.
• Friday, May 24 – Above the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for their traditional graduation flyover.
For More Information: USNA Commissioning Week
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The U.S. Naval Academy is about a half a mile away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis offering superb accommodations and free parking for guests.
If you are visiting Annapolis for the first time, make sure to take the Public Tour offered by the United States Naval Academy. For their current public, special, sports, and musical events, please click on this link from their website: USNA Calendar
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