Questions about Military Events and Ceremonies onboard? Please review the frequently asked questions below.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What about parking?

The parking lot adjacent to the USS Midway Museum is owned by the Port of San Diego and managed by ACE Parking.  Paid parking is required for all vehicles.  Limited metered parking spaces are available within walking distance.

How much time is allotted for my ceremony and/or reception?

Informal Seated ceremony – 1 hour for the ceremony and 1 hour for the reception

Formal Seated ceremony – 90 minutes for early set-up/rehearsal 90 minutes for the ceremony; 60 minutes for the reception

Standing ceremony – 1 hour

Can I schedule a rehearsal time onboard?

You can schedule a walk-through rehearsal on board as necessary, depending upon availability.  All rehearsals must be coordinated with the Events Team. No equipment is provided for the rehearsal. Midway will provide a set-up diagram for the rehearsal.

What happens in the case of inclement weather?

The Hangar Deck may be available as a rain back-up option depending on the group size and availability.

Are sun umbrellas available?

No market size umbrellas are allowed on the flight deck due to safety issues.

Are the 50 state flags available?

Midway offers an enhancement option of the 50 state flags at a rate of $100. The flags are affixed only to the flight deck fence, in order of state admission. They cannot be used near the flight deck island or on the hangar deck.

Who handles the invitation and timeline aspect of my ceremony?

Invitations are handled through your ceremony coordinator, not Midway. You or your ceremony coordinator are responsible for ceremony timeline and content.

Who provides the music for my ceremony?

You or your ceremony coordinator is responsible for music. If you are not using a band, the Midway sound system will accept all blue tooth devices. Each ceremony should have a music coordinator to cue the music. Music choices must be appropriately themed for military ceremonies.

Is a deposit required to secure my event date?

To confirm your reservation Midway requires payment in advance for the Informal seated ceremony and a $200 deposit for the Formal seated ceremony. Events may be scheduled a year in advance. We recommend reservations be made as early as possible to ensure your preferred date and time.

Does Midway provide linens for Reception Tables?

Midway provides a blue cover for tables used to display awards and presentations. For any reception tables, including the cake table, the client must provide their own linen.  (Disposable is recommended)

Is the self-guided Museum tour included in military ceremonies?

Yes. Attendees at all military ceremonies are welcome to enjoy the USS Midway Museum following the ceremony until closing at 5 PM.

Can I bring my own ceremony equipment aboard?

No. Only equipment provided by the Museum may be used. Please speak to the Events Team in advance if you wish to include Command displays in the ceremony.