The USS Hornet has given revelers permission to climb aboard. The historic World War II aircraft, now a museum, is staging Vaa New Year’s Eve bash that begins at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. The party will include cash bars, food concessions and a countdown to midnight highlighted by views of the Bay area skyline. Weather-permitting you can go to the flight deck and watch the fireworks displays all over San Francisco.
To get revelers in the mood the Swingin’ Blue Stars will do a Tribute to the Andrews Sisters. After the performance, the action begins with dancing to the sounds of 3 O’Clock Jump — a 17-piece band made up of some of the best swing and jazz musicians from the Bay Area. Better brush up on your WWII dance steps, if you don’t have time, you can always take a free lesson on the spot by Jim Truesdale, a former Fred Astaire instructor.
Tickets for the New Year’s party range from $45 to $85 per person and include free parking. Food and drink are not included but will be available for purchase. For information and reservations: (510) 521-8448, ext. 282.
The USS Hornet is located at 707 W. Hornet Ave., Pier 3, at the former Naval Air Station in Alameda. Ample free parking is available across the pier.
If the Hornest party sounds good to you, before you go view the attached video on the history of aviation.