Commissioning Week

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May 17th - 25th, 2024. The United States Naval Academy Commissioning Week is a celebration for Midshipmen, their families, and the entire town of Annapolis. Woven into the fabric of our historic city, visitors come from all over to celebrate this special honor with graduating Midshipmen.

The Blue Angels are always a highlight; tours and events to watch them from the water fill up quickly. Visit our events page for booking information and our parking page for transportation and parking in downtown Annapolis.



This year's commissioning week offers a variety of public events; one of the most notable is the famous Herndon Climb. This event marks the official end of Plebe Year and will occur one week before Commissioning Week festivities at 08:00 on May 15, 2024.

For those coming to town to catch a performance of the Blue Angels, mark your calendars for May 21-22, 2024. Practice day on the 21st is just as exciting as the real deal on the 22nd, offering two chances to see this dynamic air show. Please visit the U.S. Naval Academy's website for complete information regarding this year's Commissioning Week schedule and what to expect.

Planning Your Trip

From downtown Annapolis to all of Anne Arundel County, there is much to explore while visiting for Commissioning Week. We invite you to an authentic Chesapeake Bay experience. Filled with seafood, sailing on the bay, history tours, and boutique shopping - all within walking distance of the U.S. Naval Academy. Extend your stay to the Baltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport/Arundel Mills region of the county for action-packed gaming, sports, and unique experiences. Plus, outlet shopping at Maryland's top attraction, Arundel Mills Mall


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Annapolis Discovered

Browse the blog for more inspiration and planning assistance for your trip to Annapolis & Anne Arundel County this May! From where to go and what to do to the best spots for a view of the Blue Angels at