San Francisco's Fleet Week plans could drop out of the sky if Congress can't agree on a budget deal to avert a U.S. government shutdown.
A shutdown could limit or entirely rule out participation from key military and government employees who run Fleet Week every October.
A shutdown could begin at 12:01 a.m. Sunday if Congress cannot pass a funding plan that the president signs into law.
Fleet Week is scheduled to start on Monday and run through Oct. 10 in San Francisco.
"We don't know what impact a government shutdown would have," a Fleet Week Air Show Network spokesman said Tuesday. "Nothing is canceled yet. Until it happens, until it does, we're full steam ahead."
"San Francisco Fleet Week is standing by to take guidance from the Navy and our other military partners," Fleet Week executive director Lewis Loeven said in a separate statement. "Currently our staff are continuing planning as usual for the greatest Fleet Week ever. We’ll make adjustments as needed as we receive guidance."
Started in 1981 by then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein to honor sea-based members of the military, Fleet Week has become the country's largest celebration of the United States armed forces, especially the Navy and Coast Guard. Now seen as a model for other events around the country, it brings in an estimated $10 million in revenue to the city annually.
Visitors and Bay Area locals have descended on the city to explore and learn about carriers, cruisers, destroyers and other examples of American military hardware, as well as to attend concerts, art shows and military-themed educational exhibits.
Prominent Bay Area tourist sites could also be at risk if the government shutdown happens.
According to the White House, government staff would not be able to carry out inspections at food-production sites and workplaces to assess and monitor safety conditions or at other sites to assess public health and environmental protections.
According to Reuters, about 2 million U.S. military personnel would remain on the job, but about half of the Pentagon's 800,000 civilian employees would be furloughed under a shutdown.
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