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Seafair 'Fleet Week' goes virtual for the first time in 70 years

The annual Seafair event on the Seattle waterfront will be online, including the famous 'parade of ships.'

SEATTLE — For the first time in its 70 year history, Seafair's "Fleet Week" will be all virtual.

All major events for Seattle’s annual Seafair celebration were rescheduled due to coronavirus concerns in May.

Since 1950, the Seattle Waterfront has been home to summer events to celebrate the men and women who serve.

RELATED: Seafair reschedules major events to next year due to coronavirus concerns

Navy League Seattle is hosting several virtual events for this year's festivities:

  • A virtual parade of ships, featuring images and information from 40 years of ships visiting the Seattle waterfront (Monday, July 27, 2020).
  • A virtual Sea Service Awards, focusing on outstanding servicemembers here in the Puget Sound region (Tuesday, July 28, and throughout the week).
  • "Ask the Admirals" (Tuesday, July 28).
  • A series of cameo appearances by area leaders and others to show our appreciation for the Sea Services (throughout the week).
  • A video highlighting the Sea Cadets (during the week).

Details on all events, including timing and schedules, will be published as they become available on the Navy League Seattle Facebook page and at the Seafair website.

New this year to support Virtual Fleet Week is the Navy League Seattle Instagram page.

2019 PHOTOS: Tour the USS Spruance during Fleet Week

KING 5's Jake Whittenberg and Meteorologist Rich Marriott recently interviewed Navy Rear Admiral John A. Okon about Fleet Week and the Navy's role in the Puget Sound Region.

Rear Admiral Okon has a unique background. He's the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy, and the Senior Executive for Seattle’s Navy Week.

WATCH: Interview with Rear Admiral John Okon

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