The following information is courtesy USNA and my own experience attending these performances for the past 15 years. Learn more information about where to watch the show and what to bring at my blog post here.
May 16, 2018- The Blue Angels will perform above the Severn River, Tuesday, May 22, 2018 and Wednesday, May 23, at 2 p.m. as part of the Naval Academy’s Commissioning Week. The Tuesday event is a practice day. The Wednesday event is the performance day. Viewing of these events is free and open to the public.
The Blue Angels are the U.S. #Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron and fly a team of six Navy #F/A-18 Hornets. Two Naval Academy graduates are part of the Blue Angels team. Lt. Andre Webb is a graduate of the Class of 2008 and will be the show’s narrator and Cmdr. Matt Kaslik, Class of 1995, is the team’s executive officer.
The Blue Angels flight demonstration exhibits the choreographed refinements of Navy-trained flying skills. The audience will see the graceful maneuvers of the four-jet Diamond formation, in concert with the fast-paced, high-performance maneuvers of the two Solo pilots. The team concludes the demonstration with a performance of maneuvers together in the well-known Delta formation. The team will perform a variety of high-speed, aerobatic, precision-maneuvers during their approximately 45-minute long, narrated air show.
Viewing areas for the show are noted on this map.
Tuesday, May 22, the Blue Angels will perform circle and arrival maneuvers between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. followed by a rehearsal of their flight demonstration between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23, the Blue Angels 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.
Pedestrians are invited to walk through USNA Gates 1, 3 or 8. All persons 18 years of age or older 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.
Guests are permitted to bring daypacks, diaper bags, camera cases, and purses. Larger bags and large coolers are prohibited. Also, they are not needed, as the demonstration is about 1 hour long. Delays at security are exacerbated by checking multiple and large bags and purses. Please minimize what you bring onto the yard for this reason. Oftentimes, people with no bags will be separated into a separate, much faster moving line. All bags are subject to search; weapons and alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
Drivers without Department of Defense ID cards or Midshipmen Parents Passes are not permitted on the Naval Academy grounds. Vehicle access may be further restricted to staff and residents during limited time frames in support of special Commissioning Week events; notice will be promulgated separately.
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.
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.
During the Blue Angels flight rehearsal May 22, and the flight demonstration May 23, the only drop-off and pick-up point for the shuttle bus on the grounds of the academy will be in front of Alumni Hall from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Please note that traffic leaving the event is extremely congested throughout the Academy, downtown Annapolis, Route 450 and NAS Annapolis, especially along Prince George, Route 450, Taylor Avenue and Annapolis Street.
Naval Academy Gate Closures for Vehicular Access:
Naval Academy Gates 1 and 3 will be closed to vehicular traffic (except for emergency vehicles) Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23 from 11 a.m. until the completion of the flight demonstration rehearsal (approximately 4 p.m.). During these times, Gate 8 will be open only to USNA residents, staff and faculty, and shuttle buses. Gates 1, 3 and 8 will remain open for pedestrian access. Please note that all times are approximate and dependent upon weather.
Traffic, Parking and General Rules:
Parking on the Yard is very limited. Parking restrictions are strictly enforced in red curb zones. Only official vehicles may park by white curbing. Speed limit on USNA is 15mph or as posted. All traffic must yield to midshipmen marching in formation and pedestrians in crosswalks. Seat belt usage is required at the Naval Academy. Drivers may not use a cell phone unless the vehicle is safely parked or the driver is using a hands-free device. Only service animals may be brought on Academy grounds during Commissioning Week. Possession and consumption of alcohol on Academy grounds is prohibited, except at USNA-sponsored events. Picnicking on the Naval Academy’s ceremonial grounds is prohibited. The USNA Cemetery located on Hospital Point should not be used as a transit or viewing area for Commissioning Week events.
Bridge and Water Restrictions:
The Naval Academy Police, Maryland State Police, U.S. Coast Guard and the Natural Resources Police will enforce the following vehicular and marine safety zones, and boating traffic restrictions during practices and performances by the Blue Angels:
Naval Academy Bridge (Md. Rt. 450) Closures:
The Naval Academy Bridge (Md. Rt. 450) will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic at the times listed below. Vehicles entering and leaving Annapolis should use Rowe Boulevard or other alternate routes.
TUESDAY, May 22: closed 10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. and from 1:45 p.m. until the completion of rehearsal (approximately 4 p.m.).
WEDNESDAY, May 23: closed 1:45 p.m.- 4 p.m. or conclusion of flight demonstration.
*** In the event of inclement weather Tuesday, May 22, the Naval Academy Bridge (Md. Rt. 450) will also close from 10:45 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 23.
Tuesday and Wednesday, Gate 8 will remain open to staff, faculty, residents, and high priority case-by-case delivery vehicular traffic. Gates 1 and 3 will remain open for pedestrian traffic, but will be closed to vehicular traffic.
Severn River: Marine Restrictions:
At the times listed below, boat traffic and anchoring will be restricted from the following areas on the Severn River and its tributaries. The southern boundary will be established by Naval Academy Yard Patrol craft, which will mark a line drawn from the quick flashing light at the south end of the Naval Academy seawall to Greenbury Point.
The northern boundary is marked by the U.S. Rt. 50 Severn River Bridge. Both boundaries will be patrolled by the Coast Guard, Department of Natural Resources Police, Coast Guard Auxiliary and Annapolis Police and Fire Rescue boats.
TUESDAY, May 22: No anchoring 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. or conclusion of flight rehearsal.
WEDNESDAY, May 23: No anchoring 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. or conclusion of flight demonstration.
TUESDAY, May 22: No boating 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. or conclusion of flight rehearsal.
WEDNESDAY, May 23: No boating 9:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. or conclusion of flight demonstration.
Mariners are urged to transit the area with caution while the Naval Academy Yard Patrol craft are anchored in position. The portion of the Severn River defined by the boundaries below will be closed to all boating traffic during the times listed below.
Severn River: Marine Restrictions:
During periods of restricted boating on the Severn, shoreline residents’ boats moored to a permanent dock in the affected area may remain secured to their docks. However, by order of the commander, 5th Coast Guard District, a special local regulation has been issued which closes the river to all other boats — either underway, anchored or on mooring buoys — during practices and performances by the Blue Angels. (Please call Coast Guard Activities Baltimore at (410) 576-2693 for additional details.)