Baltimore will have a few extra ships in the harbor this week with the arrival of the Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show. The festival kicked off Wednesday evening and will run through Tuesday, offering opportunities to tour Naval ships, rub shoulders with sailors and watch Air Force jets take to the skies.
Organizers hope this year will draw a bigger crowd than the 300,000 who attended Baltimore's inaugural Fleet Week in 2016. That event had a $30 million economic impact on the city. Thousands of sailors are in town for the event, and this year's festival is inviting visitors to meet some of them. Friday's "Meet the Fleet" happy hour, scheduled for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at West Shore Park, will offer the opportunity to take a selfie with a sailor while grabbing a drink.
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