October 1st – October 9th, 2017 was Fleet Week in San Francisco. The highlight of the Fleet Week is the airshow on the weekend and the Parade of ships coming into the bay by passing the Golden Gate Bridge.
This was my first time at the San Francisco Fleet Week. For me, it was only a Fleet Weekend because I had to work all day and even during the weekend. However, I managed to get some hours off to enjoy the airshow and check out the main event at Marina Green.
Already throughout the week, I was able to see the Blue Angels flying over the city and practicing for the big weekend. Fleet Week is the event in San Francisco.
People come to hang out at Crissy Field and other places along the San Francisco shoreline to enjoy the airshow. People taking their boats out into the bay to get the best “seats” available for the airshow. The airshow is definitely the highlight of the San Francisco Fleet Week.
At the main event site at Marina Green, you can visit booths of sponsors and the “Humanitarian Assistance Village”. The village is an interactive demonstration of U.S. military and Civil capabilities to respond to disasters.
I liked this interactive demonstration as you could get hands onto their equipment and talk to first responders and listen to their stories and why they do what they do or even volunteer.
United as one of the main sponsors had a booth as well and you could win prizes by spinning a wheel and signing up for a giveaway. Unfortunately, their iPads ran out of power when I showed up and was only able to spin the wheel and win binoculars. The premium seats, which you were able to purchase, were located along the waterfront here. The advantage from watching the show from the premium seats or the Humanitarian Assistance Village was that you were able to listen to the announcements and even live radio during the airshow.
There was an option in the official app to listen to the live stream for the airshow, however, this never worked for me and the reception was at some places not too good.