Yes. You will bring your kid’s acceptance letter and stand in line at the Visitors Center to get your pass for the next four years—unless you have military ID cards.What is the ID process like the day before R Day? I assume that my wife and I will need to go to the Security office to get access passes but do the cadet candidates need them as well? Also, I imagine in can take quite a while to get through the potentially 1000 people dropping off their CC's.
Bear Mountain Inn has places available, I just booked there! It's only 6 miles from West Point. www.visitbearmountain.comLooking at west points parent page, usually they get walking privledges after the parade and can go with the parents for the day but have to report back until 1am. Then they can spend the day again with family on Sunday until later in the afternoon.
Last year the mile radius of their walking privledges was 20 miles where they’re allowed to go. Not sure if that will be the same this year, which is why I asked.
R-Day: There are things to do the afternoon before...there is an ice cream social at the Association of Grads and most of the varsity sports have meet & greets and some of the clubs. So, get there in the middle of the day and get acclimated. The parade/swearing in ceremony is on the Plane at the end of the day (usually around 6 p.m.) .You will drop your kid off in the morning and not talk to him or her again. You can start the trip home after the ceremony or even before...but you might want to be there.
A-Day. Arrive the afternoon or evening before. You will not be able to see or visit with your kid on Friday. Go super early on Saturday to get a great seat in the bleachers for the A-Day Parade, which usually starts around 1000...PICK A MEETING SPOT IN ADVANCE! and then you are with your cadet until around midnight! Then on Sunday, you can pick your cadet up early and have brunch, church, shopping, touring USMA, listening to war stories, etc...but then your cadet migth wish to prepare for the first day of school...which is Monday morning....so you may be done by 2 p.m. although they are allowed to be out until either 5 or 7 p.m.
Your cadet will have his or her phone back after the March Back so the plans for A-Day can be tweaked closer to the time but a Sunday late afternoon or evening flight home is a o.k. or even starting the drive home.
Thank you!For R-Day, you should definitely arrive the day before the report date to guard against forces out of your control and to provide a little rest before the big day. You should plan to be there all day for the first parade late that afternoon. Then plan your departure for the day after R-Day.
For A-Day, you should plan to arrive the Friday before. For departure, you could plan a late afternoon Sunday departure, or better yet, Monday if that option is available for you.
With regards to hotels, you should look at Peekskill (south across the river), Newburgh to the north, and Nanuet/Spring Valley to the south as options within the likely mileage limits for A-Day.