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8 Things to Do on Memorial Day Weekend in New York City

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Updated: 10 May 2017
At its core, Memorial Day Weekend is about celebration: a celebration of the women and men who’ve fought for our country, of a new summer season, and of community. From classic parades and pastimes to cultural attractions, there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the last Monday in May in New York City.

Memorial Day Parade

New Yorkers love a parade—there are at least five slated to hit the city streets this Memorial Day—but the holiday’s tried-and-true celebration is in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The 150th installment of the parade will feature a 21-gun salute, an antique fire truck and auto display, as well as a live musical performance. Led by local service organizations and war veterans, this event celebrates the people who’ve fought for our country and communities.

Memorial Day Parade
Memorial Day Parade | © WikiCommons

Blue Star Museums

Since 2010, many New York City museums have celebrated the summer by welcoming military families to explore their offerings free of charge. Blue Star Museums kicks off once again this Memorial Day, continuing through Labor Day weekend. This year, over one hundred museums across the state will participate in the 2017 Blue Star Museums season, including the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Museum of Modern Art.

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Intrepid Museum’s Summer Movie Series

You know it’s summertime in the city when hundreds of New Yorkers take their movie night outdoors. The Intrepid Museum’s 2017 Summer Movie Series begins Friday, May 26th with a free screening of ‘80s cult-favorite flick Top Gun. Taking in views of the city skyline and a young Tom Cruise starring as a naval pilot all on a Hudson-docked ship—what could be more all-American than that?

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, W 46th St & 12th Ave, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 245 0072

TODAY Show Citi Concert Series

New York City institution the TODAY Show invites you to celebrate the season at its free Citi Concert Series kicking off this month. This Memorial Day Weekend, music fans can enjoy live performances by pop favorites Miley Cyrus (May 26, 2017) and Niall Horan (May 29, 2017). Known for delivering quality concerts by chart-topping artists, this summer series will make a morning person out of you yet.

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Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

The Washington Square Outdoor Exhibit sees hundreds of artists flooding the famous West Side park to showcase paintings, artisan crafts, photographs, and more. Art students at the nearby New York University, veterans of the Village’s art scene, and locals and tourists alike will show up to support their favorite artists and discover new ones this Memorial Day Weekend.

Washington Square Park, New York, NY, USA

Fleet Week

This week-long (May 24–30, 2017) celebration honoring members of the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guards features aviation demonstrations, a Parade of Ships, and a festive blowout complete with live music and street food. A longstanding tradition for New York and our nation, Fleet Week allows civilians and sailors to meet, mingle, and make memories.


Any photography fan—or Instagram user—is likely familiar with Manhattanhenge, a photo-ready phenomenon that sees the sunset perfectly aligning with Manhattan’s East and West Side streets, resulting in a breathtaking and heavily hashtagged sight. Weather permitting, this much-loved local event is expected to take place between May 29th and May 30th in 2017.

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New York Mets Game

Enjoying a baseball game on Memorial Day is about as all-American as it gets. On May 29, 2017, the New York Mets will go head-to-head with the Milwaukee Brewers at iconic local landmark Citi Field. Get your tickets now and root for the home team, enjoy some classic stadium snacks, and have yourself a ball this Memorial Day.

Citi Field, 123–01 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY, USA, +1 718 507 8499