Portland businesses celebrate Fleet Week's return

Thousands of people are expected to pack downtown during Fleet Week. The annual Rose Festival event had to go virtual for the past two years due to the pandemic.

PORTLAND, Ore. — For the first time since 2019, Fleet Week ships are coming back to the Portland waterfront, and local business owners said they’re eager for the boost that the ships and the other Rose Festival events will bring to downtown.

The annual visiting ship tradition dates back to 1907, and the Rose Festival event is one of the few U.S. ports of call for a courtesy visit from the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard and the

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