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May 21st, 2021 through May 28th, 2021. The United States Naval Academy Commissioning Week is a time of 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.



What comes with that is a week of special events and energy-filled streets. This year's commissioning week begins the academy's return to normalcy. While restrictions are still in place, midshipmen and their families are returning to a graduation and commissioning ceremony at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

For those coming in to town to celebrate graduating midshipmen, or catch the performance of the Blue Angels, it's important to note all current reopening guidelines and restrictions. As well as variances between the state, county, city and U.S. Naval Academy. For complete information regarding this year's Commissioning Week schedule and what to expect, please visit the U.S. Naval Academy's website HERE.


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 BWI/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


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


Watch the Blue Angels from the Water

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Coming to Annapolis for Commissioning Week? Where to Meet and Eat

Each May, Annapolis gears up to celebrate Commissioning Week at the United States Naval Academy—including yours truly, whose SEAL son graduated a few years ago. Seems like yesterday that family members flew in from San Francisco and...

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