Blue Angels Air Show: When to See Planes Visiting the Naval Academy
ANNAPOLIS, MD — The start of the Naval Academy is almost here. This means the Blue Angels are coming to Annapolis. The Navy squadron will fly over the state capitol three times this week to honor aspiring graduates.
The commissioning week started last Friday. The festivities end this Friday with the graduation of the class of 2022 at 10 a.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
President Joe Biden will speak at the opening. The ceremony is closed to the public, but residents can watch a live stream on the Naval Academy’s Facebook and YouTube pages.
Pedestrians line up to watch the flights on the bridge between Eastport and Annapolis or line up along City Dock. Another favorite is the Naval Academy field hospital.
This year’s flight demonstration will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, weather permitting. You might spot the Blue Angels earlier during their flight rehearsal on Tuesday, May 24 around the same time. And on graduation day Friday, May 27, the Blue Angels will perform a 10 a.m. flyover over the graduation and commissioning ceremony at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
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For a complete listing of Naval Academy events and activities, visit usna.edu/CommissioningWeek.
In the days leading up to the graduation and commissioning ceremony, residents and visitors to Annapolis should expect heavy traffic, temporary road and bridge closures, parking restrictions, maritime traffic restrictions and increased downtown security.
CAR PARK: The best option to access the yard is to park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and take the free shuttle to enter through the Visitor Center at Gate One. With the downtown Hillman Garage closing for a rebuild, the closest parking garage options are: Gott’s, Knighton and Park Place. For more information on downtown parking and navigation, visit: www.AccessAnnapolis.com.
HEAVY TRAFFIC: Give yourself plenty of extra time and be courteous to out-of-town drivers who are unfamiliar with city streets, officials said. Download the “Prepare Me Annapolis” mobile app (Apple/Android) to receive local traffic alerts.
On Friday, May 27, traffic around Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Rowe Boulevard will be heavy until approximately 3 p.m.
TEMPORARY ROAD AND BRIDGE CLOSURES: On Tuesday, May 24, the Route 450 Bridge (Naval Academy) will be closed between 10:45 a.m. and approximately 3:45 p.m. for the Blue Angels flyover rehearsal. The bridge will close again on Wednesday, May 25 at 1:45 p.m. until approximately 4 p.m. for the Blue Angels flight demonstration.
DOWNTOWN PARKING LIMITS: Expect parking to be limited throughout the week. Visit www.AnnapolisParking.com to pre-reserve parking space at Gott’s Garage. Please note that there will be strict enforcement of metered parking, two-hour limited spaces, residential permit zones and red zones. Visitors are encouraged to park at Knighton Garages (corner of Colonial Avenue and West Street) and Park Place (just off West Street and Spa Road) and take the free downtown shuttle.
On Friday, May 27, there will be no government employee parking on the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium grounds. Parking will be reserved for graduates. City and State employees who normally park at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium should relocate to the Calvert Street garage.
- SEVERN CREEK/SPA MAIN HARBOR RESTRICTIONS: Boaters should watch for beacons that delineate the exclusion zones and the temporary channel (marked with red and green buoys). Do not anchor in the temporary channel. Look for public safety boats and follow directions quickly. Obey all boating safety laws. The Annapolis Harbor Master operates on VHF 17. The area will be patrolled by the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Natural Resources Police, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Annapolis Harbor Master, Annapolis Police and Annapolis Fire Department rescue boats.
- RESTRICTIONS ON THE SEVERN RIVER: On Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25, there will be restrictions on boat traffic between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. No anchoring or boating in the following areas on the River Severn and its tributaries: North of the fast flashing light at the south end of the Naval Academy Seawall to Greenbury Point and south for a marked line via the Rt 450 Severn River Bridge. All boats, including those moored at private docks, are prohibited from sailing in this exclusion zone.
INCREASED SECURITY: All residents and visitors should remain aware of their surroundings. Please report suspicious staff, packages or behavior to local authorities. if you see something, say something. Dial 9-1-1 for emergency response. For non-emergency inquiries or questions, contact the Annapolis Call Center at 410-260-2211.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Deb Belt, Patch’s regional manager, wrote almost all of this history.