Kick-off the summer season with a whirlwind Memorial Day weekend in New York City. Pay your respects to those who have served the nation while you participate in local activities; our guide to Memorial Day in NYC features holiday themed events and recommendations that you can enjoy solo or with family/friends.
On Monday, May 29, several Memorial Day parades will take place across the boroughs of NYC. Each of the marches will be led by war veterans, local service organizations, the NYPD and the FDNY; join in as a spectator to learn more about the tradition of Memorial Day in the United States and meet regional American heroes.
Brooklyn’s Memorial Day Parade is expected to begin at 11 am on 78th St and Third Ave and is expected to finish at John Paul Jones Park on 101st. To join in on the festivities take the R train from Manhattan to 77th Street in Brooklyn.
Ahoy! It’s no coincidence that Memorial Day overlaps with Fleet Week in New York City. If you’re interested in paying your respects 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. So make sure you snap some sailors at Times Square, or head down to Pier 92 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday for a free ship tour.
General Public Ship Tour: Pier 92, 711 12th Ave.
Celebrate the unofficial start to summer this weekend with sales! Barneys New York is offering visitors serious discounts on select clothing styles for women, men and children this Memorial Day weekend. Some brands included in the sale are Balenciaga, Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana. Barneys is just a short subway ride from Roger Smith so you’ll be able to drop off your new purchases at the hotel and resume your day of activities.
Barneys: 660 Madison Ave.; 212-826-8900
Every year the New York Philharmonic puts on a free annual Memorial Day concert. 2017 will see the Alan Gilbert led ensemble perform Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Seats fill up fast, so make sure you arrive early for the 6 p.m. start.
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New York Philharmonic: Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave.