The Navy aerial demonstration squadron will practice over Annapolis May 24 and perform May 25 starting at 2 p.m. for Commissioning Week.
ANNAPOLIS, MD — Road closures and boating restrictions on local waterways will be common next week during events tied to graduation week at the U.S. Naval Academy, including aerial performances by the Blue Angels.
The Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron will perform above the Severn River, Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25 as part of the Naval Academy’s Commissioning Week. These events are free and open to the public.
Viewing areas for the show will include Ingram Field, portions of Farragut Field and Hospital Point on the Naval Academy grounds. Visitors may experience delays due to an increased number of visitors on the Yard. All pedestrians are urged to leave bags at home in order to reduce wait times at the gates.
The Blue Angels fly a team of six Navy F/A-18 Hornets and a C-130 Hercules, affectionately known as “Fat Albert.” The team will perform various high-speed, aerobatic, precision-maneuvers during their approximately two-hour long, narrated air show at the Naval Academy.
Blue Angel Flight Times
On Tuesday, May 24, the Blue Angels will arrive in Annapolis and circle the city between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. They will rehearse their flight demonstration between 2 and 4 p.m.
On Wednesday, May 25, the performance and flight demonstration will begin at 2 p.m. Spectators in the Ingram Field viewing areas will be able to hear the show’s narration. Spectators in other viewing areas can tune-in to WNAV radio on 1430AM and 99.9FM to hear the broadcast of the narration.
Public Access to Academy
Pedestrians must walk through USNA Gates 1, 3 or 8. All persons over 21 are required to present a valid government-issued photo ID for entry into the Naval Academy and all personnel and vehicles are subject to search.
Handicapped visitors may bring vehicles onto USNA with handicapped plates or placards and they must be present in the vehicle; vehicles will be searched before access is granted.
Guests may bring daypacks, diaper bags, camera cases, and purses. Larger bags and large coolers are prohibited. All bags are subject to search; weapons and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. For the most up-to-date security information, visit www.usna.edu/CommissioningWeek/.
Parking is available at the blue side of the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium for a $5 fee for cars, $10 for RVs. There is a free daily shuttle between the stadium and the academy; shuttle buses are not wheelchair accessible.
When the Blue Angels are flying, Route 450/Naval Academy Bridge over the Severn River will be closed to all traffic, vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian, according to Annapolis Police. The bridge will be closed on Tuesday, May 24, between 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. and between 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m., as well as on Wednesday, May 25, between 1:45 p.m. and 4 p.m.