Start the summer season with a sun-kissed Memorial Day weekend in New York City. Our guide to Memorial Day in NYC has you participating in local activities while paying your respects to those who have served the nation.
Memorial Day Parade
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Monday May 27th notes several Memorial Day parades taking place throughout the boroughs of NYC. Each march is by war veterans, local service organizations, the NYPD and the FDNY; join in as a spectator to learn more about the Memorial Day tradition and meet regional American heroes. Queens’ Little Neck-Douglaston Parade is reportedly the largest, while Brooklyn’s Memorial Day Parade boasts a history of over 150 years. The uptown Manhattan parade is more intimate, beginning at Dyckman Street and Broadway.
Fleet Week Ship Tour
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Ahoy! It’s no coincidence that Memorial Day overlaps with New York City’s Fleet Week. If you’re interested in paying respect to the men and women who’ve served the nation, this weekend is a great opportunity to meet the country’s sailors, marines and coast guardsmen. Snap some sailors at Times Square, or head down to Pier 90 for free ship tours!
General Public Ship Tour: Pier 90, 711 12th Ave.
Memorial Day Sales
Celebrate the unofficial start to summer this weekend with a New Yorker’s favorite activity: shopping. Barneys New York is offering serious discounts on select garments for women, men and children this Memorial Day weekend. Being just a short subway ride away from the Roger Smith, means you’ll easily be able to drop off your Barneys bargains and resume your day of activities.
Barneys: 660 Madison Ave.; 212-826-8900
New York Philharmonic
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Every year the New York Philharmonic throws a free annual Memorial Day concert. The 2019 program is happening on Monday May 27th at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and features Bruckner’s Eighth “Beauty is what Bruckner is talking about” says the conductor Jaap Van Zweden of the inspiring spiritual way this symphony remembers those who died while serving Americas armed forces. Tickets are distributed on a strictly first come first serve basis, so we recommend heading in early for an 7p.m. start. New York Philharmonic: Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave.