Maryland Fleet Week & Flyover Baltimore will return Sept. 7-13. Photo courtesy of Maryland Office of Tourism.

Maryland Fleet Week & Flyover Baltimore will return in person for 2022 in four different areas of Baltimore City and Baltimore County, from Sept. 7 to 13.

The free, family-friendly event celebrates the maritime traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and the contributions of Marylanders to the nation’s defense. This year’s program will take place in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor; Upper Locust Point; Fells Point and Martin State Airport in Baltimore County.

The event wasn’t held the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Historic Ships in Baltimore, a program of the Living Classrooms Foundation, is presenting this year’s event in partnership with the United States Navy; the Maryland Department of Commerce; Sail Baltimore and the City of Baltimore, among others.

The schedule includes tours of United States and British naval ships, U.S. Coast Guard vessels, NOAA and Army Corps of Engineers working vessels, the USS John Brown and the Savannah as well as traditional sailing ships including the Danish sail-training tall ship Danmark.

One highlight will be a series of flyovers of military aircraft throughout the weekend, centered at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Fleet Week Festival will take place in downtown Baltimore featuring vendors, educational booths, local food and drinks, special events and live music. Also planned is an Open House at Martin State Airport in Baltimore County, with displays, food and beverages, and tours.

Besides the in-person events, there will be virtual activities such as live performances and behind-the-scene tours. More information about those activities will be available at or on social media channels through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Northrop Grumman is the title sponsor for the 2022 event. Additional sponsors and partner organizations include Visit Baltimore, the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. Additional details will be announced during a press briefing scheduled for tomorrow.

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Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.