Get ready for an exciting event coming to Philadelphia! The Department of the Navy is bringing Navy and Marine Corps Week to the Philadelphia metropolitan area Oct 9-15, 2023. This week long activation will mark the first collaboration of its kind between the Navy and Marines.
What To Expect
More than 200 visiting Sailors and Marines from across the nation are set to visit Philadelphia as well as our neighboring city of Camden, N.J. Together, the services will share how their Navy department deploys around the world and around the clock.
Specifically, this family-friendly educational and fun event will show why a strong Navy/Marine Corps team is vital to protecting the American way of life as well as why the Department of the Navy matters to our area.
Throughout the Navy/Marine Corps Week, Sailors and Marines will participate in more than 100 outreach events across the metropolitan area. Such engagements will occur via corporate, civic, government, education, media, veterans, and community service engagements.
Philadelphia’s Police Athletic League, Independence Seaport Museum, and Greater Philadelphia YMCAs will be visited by the corps.
Celebrate Navy & Marine Week
“We are excited to bring Navy/Marine Corps Week to the Philadelphia metropolitan area, the birthplace of our services,” said Cmdr. Anthony Falvo, director of the Navy’s Office of Community Outreach in an official press release. “The Navy/Marine Corps team is our nation’s most powerful instrument of military influence, and this week will allow us to showcase how we collectively serve America at sea, in the air, and ashore. Further, it will allow us to demonstrate how we directly impact the people in and around the Philadelphia metropolitan area.”
You can celebrate Navy & Marine week by enjoying free live music by Navy Band Northeast at various venues throughout the week, including:
- Oct. 10 at 8 a.m. at the Liberty Bell
- Oct. 11 at 6 p.m. in a joint performance with the Marine Division Band at Independence Seaport Museum
- Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. at Subaru Park
Tour A Navy Ship
Lastly, bring the whole family to tour a real navy ship! The ship is the USS Cooperstown (LCS 23). Cooperstown, the Navy’s newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship. It was commissioned May 8, 2023, in New York.
Cooperstown is the first naval ship named after Cooperstown, N.Y. Specifically, it honors the 70 Hall of Fame players who served the United States during wartime in a range of conflicts spanning the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.
General public ship tours will be offered Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Penn’s Landing (across from the Independence Seaport Museum).
Tours are free and open to the public.
For more information on Navy/Marine Week as well as ship tours, please visit the official website here.